Funeral services for Mr. Jerry Wayne Simmons, 57, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brian Tyre officiating, assisted by Dr. Bill Gandin. John Derrick will present the eulogy. Burial will follow at Simpson Campground Cemetery. Mr. Simmons passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Nacogdoches. He was born on Dec. 13, 1955, in Nacogdoches to the late Fred William Simmons and Lucille Luman Simmons. Jerry grew up in Nacogdoches. He graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1974 and attended Stephen F. Austin State University. His banking career spanned a total of 30 years. He worked for Commercial National Bank for over 14 years and was vice president at First Bank and Trust since 1998. He enjoyed the loyalty of many customers during his lengthy career. He was a past member of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Fredonia Rotary Club, a member of Milam Masonic Lodge #2 and was on the Board of Directors for Woden Water Supply. Jerry found a passion for flying through his relationship with the late Bill Meazell. He was a die-hard fisherman and shared a love of hunting with his son, Madi. He taught Madi to shoot and respect firearms at an early age. He gained pleasure from Madi's involvement in football and basketball. Jerry was an avid turkey hunter, was mechanically inclined, a practiced carpenter and a talented barbecue cook. Jerry was a member of First United Methodist Church and had a close relationship with the New Hope Church family and its pastor, Brian Tyre. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Miriam Fern Simmons and his son, Madi Simmons, both of Nacogdoches; one sister, Betty Pierce and husband Allen of Douglass; as well as other extended family members and good friends. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Mize, John Derrick, Marty Sowell, Matt Williams, Chris Taylor, Corey Ashley, Cody Cockerham, Henry Touchette, Johnny Lathrop and Joe Weaver. Honorary pallbearers will be Judge Mike Worsham and Brent Boyd. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Madi Simmons College Fund, C/O Jimmy Mize, 1009 N. University Dr., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Laird Funeral Home. Laird Funeral Home.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Feb. 15, 2013