Daughter. Sister. Aunt. Cousin. Wife. In-Law. Mother. Grandmother. Friend. Child of God. Sister Carrie Mae Simpson, the third oldest child of the late Eugene and Alfair Frazier, was born on May 24, 1943, in Orangeburg County. On February 11, 2022, God called her from labor to reward.
A lifelong resident of the Canaan Community, Sister Simpson attended G. W. Carver High School. As she entered the workforce, she became employed at Bamberg Manufacturing in Bamberg, SC. She later moved to Ambler Industries, Inc. Orangeburg, SC where she worked as a bar tacker until the plant closed in 1995. Working in the manufacturing industry helped to foster her love of sewing. Sister Simpson had an eye for fashion. She was an excellent seamstress who created many of her own fashion statements throughout the years. She developed an interest in retail sales and worked in customer service for Maxway, Fred’s, and Roses Department Stores before her retirement in 2016. Upon her retirement, Sister Simpson became a volunteer at The Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg, SC.
At an early age, she joined Emanuel A. M. E. Church, Cope, SC where she sang in the choir. It was also there that she met the love of her life, Reverend Odell Simpson, whom she married on February 17, 1963. She remained a member of Emanuel until May 1981, when Reverend Simpson was called to the ministry, and the family joined Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Cordova, SC. Shortly afterwards, Rev. Simpson became the pastor of Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church, St. Matthews, SC and New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Bowman, SC.
However, being the First Lady of Greater Zion and New Mt. Zion did not stop Sister Simpson from continuing to support Pine Grove and Emanuel. She organized and was president of the Pine Grove Gospel Choir. Under her leadership, each year on the third Sunday in March, the choir gave a soul stirring anniversary program to a crowd that was almost always standing room only. In addition, Sister Simpson often returned to Emanuel throughout the years to be the mistress of ceremony for various choir anniversaries. At Greater Zion and New Mt. Zion, she continued to support church programs, sang in the choirs, and traveled with Pastor Simpson as he preached God’s word. In her own right, Sister Simpson was also a spirit filled, featured speaker at various churches for special occasions such as Women’s Day and Mother’s Day programs.
In addition to her parents, Sister Simpson is preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, 10 months, and 8 days, Pastor Odell Simpson; siblings: Franklin Frazier and Leila Mae Frazier Webb, an infant daughter, and a son, Sherman Frazier.
To continue Sister Simpson’s legacy are: her daughter, Cynthia (Kirian) Simpson-Obioha of Columbia, SC, and her son, Randy (Sharon) Simpson of Orangeburg, SC; her grandchildren: Kelvin Obioha of Charleston, SC; Cameron Obioha of Atlanta, GA; Jordan Antley of Honolulu, Hawaii; Asha Simpson of Jacksonville, FL; Austen Simpson, Emoree Simpson, and Braelyn Simpson of Orangeburg, SC; Antwan Frazier of Blythewood, SC; Tremaine Frazier of Orangeburg, SC; along with four great-grandchildren.
Also left to cherish fond memories are her brother, (Ret.) Command Sergeant Major Horris L. (Sandy) Frazier of Columbia, SC; her sisters: Beatrice Dixon of Orangeburg, SC; Patricia (Jimmy) Hardy of Greensboro, NC; Jimmie Dean Frazier of Brooklyn, NY; Deborah (Kevin) Dubose of Jacksonville, FL; Sisters-in-law, Louise Simpson of Cope, SC; Bernice Prince, Pearl Jennings, and Ruthie Simpson, all of Orangeburg, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and parishioners who will miss her dearly.
The service will proceed as follows:
The viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 16,2022 at Glover's Funeral Home from 2:00pm until 7:00pm.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, February 17,2022 at Glover's Funeral Home beginning at 11:00am. All those attending service must wear a mask and adhere to call COVID-19 rules and regulations.