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Col. Bland Ballard Simmons USAF Ret.


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Col. Bland Ballard Simmons USAF Ret. Obituary
Col. Bland Ballard Simmons, USAF (Ret.)

Bland Ballard Simmons, age 85, of Hattiesburg, MS., passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Col. Simmons completed his undergraduate degree at Stetson University and was attending law school when he joined the Air Force in 1950. He later completed his graduate degree in business.

Col. Simmons retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1980 after 30 years of service. He served a tour of duty in Korea and Vietnam and during his thirty years of service, posted more than 6,000 hours piloting multi-engine heavy jet military aircraft, specifically, the C-141 Starlifter. His service awards include the Air Medal, Bronze Star and Bronze Star for Valor, the Legion of Merit, and the Republic of South Korea Meritorious Service Medal. Following his Air Force retirement, Col. Simmons spent the next 13 years in the credit union industry as President of several financial institutions.

Col. Simmons was a member of Parkway Heights United Methodist Church serving on the Finance Committee, Board of Trustees, and as usher and lay leader. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy Leroy and Vivian Simmons of Jacksonville, Florida, and a brother, Guy Leroy Simmons, Jr., of Eldersburg, Maryland.

Colonel Simmons is survived by his three children, Bland Ballard Simmons, Jr. (Marilyn), Fulton, Missouri, Kathleen Simmons Storfer (Paul) of Bedford Hills, NY, Laura Simmons Goodrich of Delran, New Jersey, 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, many other family members and friends, and his loving and devoted companion, Karen Simmons of Hattiesburg.

Services will be held at the Moore Funeral Chapel on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg, MS on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. with inurnment following with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkway Heights United Methodist Church Mission Fund, the Southern Pines Animal Shelter, or the ASPCA.

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Published in the Hattiesburg American on July 2, 2014
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