Duane Hodges Simms Jr.

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Duane Hodges Simms Jr., age 62, of Cumming passed away on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at his home. He was born in Atlanta on March 7, 1947, and was preceded in death by his father, Duane Simms Sr.
Prior to his retirement in 1999, Mr. Simms was employed as an engineer at Lockheed for 30 years. His career included assignments on the C-130, C-5, and F-22 aircraft programs. As the company transitioned into the computer age he had key assignments in the transition from manual paper based configuration and data management systems to computer-based systems. His contributions were one of the key elements in helping Lockheed maintain a leadership role in those management systems.
He is survived by his wife, Laurene Clark of Cumming; mother, Jamie Simms of Warner Robins; children, Tracie (Timothy) Maxhimer of Hiram; Duane Hodges Simms III (Lisa) of Duluth; stepchildren, Rev. Dawn (John) Cooley of Louisville, Ky., Dr. Karen Skjei of Rochester, Minn., Thomas (Jennifer) Skjei of Richmond, Va.; sister, Diana Ward of Washington State; eight grandchildren; and a host of other friends and relatives.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. at the Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Sandy Springs.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the at www.stopdiabetes.com.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.mcdonaldandson.com.
McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in ForsythNews.com from Jan. 4 to Jan. 7, 2010
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