John Barber Simms (1928 - 2018)

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John Barber Simms, 89, of Springfield, died at 5:21 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at Village of Lebanon.
Born Dec. 10, 1928, in Lebanon, he was preceded in death by his parents, Leon F. Simms, Hattie Barber Simms and Delena Barber Simms and his sisters, Florence Simms Cambron and Gail Simms Ogburn.
He was a graduate of Springfield High School, Spring Hill University in Mobile, Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in history, a Master of Arts from the University of Kentucky and attended the University of Alabama to work toward his doctorate degree.
He taught at Weeks Junior High School in Magnolia Springs, Alabama, Fredericktown High School in Fredericktown, Kentucky, University of Alabama and retired in 1990 as Professor Emeritus of English from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina after 36 years.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church.
He is survived by three brothers, Leon "Sandy" Simms of Springfield, Phil (Debby) Simms of Cincinnati, Ohio and Alex (Vicki) Simms of Princeton, Kentucky; a sister, Madeleine (Wendell) Grayson of Springfield and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral mass was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at St. Dominic Catholic Church with Rev. Culpepper Elliott officiating. Burial was in St. Dominic-Holy Rosary Cemetery in his parent's lot. The Marion County Veterans Honor Guard conducted military honors.
Pallbearers were nephews, Greg, Mark and John Simms, Tom and Joe Cambron, Jeff, Wendell Jr. and Leon Simms Grayson.
Arrangements were entrusted to Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home.
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Published in The Springfield Sun on Jan. 10, 2018
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