MOUNT HOLLY -- James "Jim" Twain Simmons, 72, of 244 Shadowbrook Road, passed away peacefully Jan. 17, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
Jim was a native of Surry County, N.C., born May 22, 1941 to the late Dewey Roosevelt "Bill" Simmons and Betty Mears Simmons.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Shirley Nichols.
Jim was a member of Community Baptist Church, Dallas. He loved to fish and Ford antique cars, he most of all he enjoyed life. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army
, and a member of the Oasis Shriners, the Scottish Rites. And the Lowell Lodge # 590 where he was past Master of the Lodge.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Kaye Stowe Simmons; his children, David Simmons and wife Kate; Theresa Marie Gonzalez; grandchildren, David Simmons II and Gracie Simmons; two brothers, Rev. J.D. Simmons and wife Vikki; Randall Simmons and wife Linda; one sister Patricia Leonard and husband Roger; several nieces and nephews, as well as many dear and loving friends who are considered family.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Community Baptist Church prior to the 7 p.m. Celebration of Life service with Pastor Mat Seagle and Rev. J.D. Simmons officiating. Military honors by The Gaston County Honor Guard.
Interment will be private.
Memorials may be made to Community Baptist Church, 823 Dallas Stanley Hwy., Dallas, NC 28034 or Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gasto-nia, NC 28054.
Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com.
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home, 2916 Union Rd Gastonia, 704-864-5144 is serving the family.