Shirley Raymond Simmons

Mr. Shirley Raymond Simmons

SHREVEPORT, LA - A memorial service celebrating the Life of Shirley Raymond Simmons will be held Saturday December 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM at The Frost Chapel of First Baptist Church, 543 Ockley Drive. The Rev. Ronney Joe Webb of First Baptist and The Rev. Tom Harrison of Broadmoore Baptist will officiate. The family will receive friends in the Church Parlor after the service.

Knowing his belief and relationship with Jesus Christ, his soul is listening to those Golden Bells. It was his desire to serve others even in death by donating his body to The Anatomy Department of LSUHSC.

Shirley was born on January 16, 1925. The only son of Horace Emmitt Simmons and Ophelia Barton Simmons. Shirley died peacefully in his home with his son and beloved rescue dog "Ginger" by his side on December 11, 2012.

Shirley was a life long resident of Shreveport graduating from C.E. Byrd High School in 1941. He attended Louisiana Tech University until he entered the Navy. In the Navy He continued his education at Baldwin Wallace College and Harvard University as part of the V-12 Program. He was stationed on board the destroyer U.S.S. Barton as supply officer and was in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945 for the Surrender Ceremonies ending World War II.

After his Navel service he continued at Louisiana State University where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. Shirley graduated from the College of Commerce in 1948 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1950. During his career he worked as a C.P.A., Stockbroker, Financial Advisor and College Professor.

Shirley was a member of Southside Baptist Church as a child and later was a member of Broadmoore Baptist Church. He was a member of First Baptist Church at his death.

Shirley was a charter member of East Ridge Country Club, where he had the distinction of making the first "Hole in One" in the Club's history. He was Life Member of Elks Lodge #122, where he served as Chairman of The Elks National Service Commission for several terms. He participated in the Veteran's Administration Golden Age Games held from Maine to Hawaii from 1994-2011, winning Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in Golf. Even though it was a hot, humid, misty, muggy night, Shirley was there on Halloween watching and cheering for Billy Cannon and his beloved LSU Tigers.

A beautiful and well lived life.

Shirley was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Barton Sibley Simmons, his son Randal Mark Simmons, and the mother of his children, Martha Ann Sibley.

He is survived by his son Barry Raymond Simmons, his aunt Johnnie Barton Ray, cousins Carol Cathey Barnes, Judy Cathey Savoy, and Charles B. Hughes and his brother-in-law Jackson Cavett Sibley.

The family would like to thank the Doctors and staff of the V.A. Hospital, St Joseph Hospice and his sitters, Jackie Williams and Curtis Williams.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home, 7200 DeSiard Street, Monroe, Louisiana 71203, or the .

Published in Shreveport Times from Dec. 14 to Dec. 16, 2012