Born Dec. 11, 1929, in Pontiac, Miss., he was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict. He was retired from General Motors Corp., a member of U.A.W., a member of the AMVETS and the Wayne County Eagles.
On April 18, 1953, in Corinth, Miss., he married Dorothy Ricketts, who survives of the home.
Survivors also include three children, Diane Akers, of Fairhope, Ala., James Simmons, of Seattle, Wash., and Ralph Simmons, of Imperial, Mo.; three brothers, Bruce D. Simmons and Roy Simmons, both of Clarksville, Tenn. and Bobby Joe Lasseter, of Kissamee, Fla.; three sisters, LaVeda Rogers, of Visale, Calif., Cathryn Reeves, of Kennett and Malinda Smith, of Caraway, Ark.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Morrison-Worley Chapel in Greenville.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at the Morrison-Worley Chapel with Brother Dan Ross officiating.
Burial will follow at the Greenville Cemetery.