James Robert Simmons "Bob" MOUNT HOLLY - James Robert "Bob" Simmons, 85, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. He was born in Oak Hill, West Virginia, son of the late Charles Corbett and Ollie Nugent Simmons. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Holmes and Mabel Russell; and two brothers, Garland and Eddie Simmons. Mr. Simmons was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, a member of New Covenant United Methodist Church, a member of the Water Proofers Association of NC, a member of the NC Association of Sub-Contractors, and a member of the Charlotte Bowling Association. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty Simmons; his daughter, Barbara Sigmon and husband Charles, of Mount Holly; two sons, James Simmons and wife LouAnn, of Charlotte, and John Simmons and wife Sheri, of Harrisburg; one sister, Genieve Roark, of Lancaster, Ohio; twelve grandchildren, Joshua Simmons, Trea Fondren, Hayatt Smith, Chris Simmons, Torie Simmons, Ashleigh Jennings, Alicia Fingerly, Robbie Simmons, Shelby Wiggins, Patrick Smith, Maggie McBryde, and Addie McBryde; and seven great-grandchildren. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Harris Hospice Unit for their care and support. A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Simmons will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at New Covenant United Methodist Church, Mount Holly, with Reverend Randy Wall officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Church. Memorials may be made to New Covenant United Methodist Church, 14514 Lucia Riverbend Hwy., Mount Holly, NC 28120 or to Novant Medical Center, Harris Hospice Unit, 200 Hawthorne Ave., Charlotte, NC 28233. Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.woodlawnfuneral.org. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly is serving the family.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 24, 2014