LAKELAND - Shane Allon Simmons, age 51, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2013 due to cancer.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years Dawn; daughter, Brooklynn; son, Baron; father and mother, Rev. Bobby Simmons and Carolyn Simmons of Auburndale, FL; and sisters, Kelly Wilson and Carrie Shriner.
He was born January 15, 1962 in Lakeland, FL. Shane graduated from Evangel Christian School in 1980 where he was student body president and captain of the varsity basketball and baseball teams. He graduated from Southeastern University and served on the ministerial staff at Carpenter's Home Church for over 20 years as youth pastor, worship leader and executive pastor. Shane also served as headmaster at ECS for 10 years, and was varsity basketball head coach for many of those years. Shane enjoyed grilling, fishing and scuba diving with his kids.
He was the lead pastor of Life Church in Auburndale, FL, which recently celebrated its seventh year anniversary. Shane deeply believed in missions and participated in many trips to foreign and domestic countries. He fell in love with the people of Nicaragua and has planted 15 churches in that country. In lieu of flowers please continue Shane's legacy and support of furthering the gospel in Nicaragua.
Shane was a loving husband and father who will be missed dearly by family, friends and congregation. There will be a celebration service on Wed. March 27th at 7pm in the sanctuary at Life Church in Auburndale, 581 Berkley Road. Arrangements by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Southside Chapel.
Published in Ledger from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2013