Bobby "Bob" E. Simons, age 77, of Burlington, died at home Friday, May 17, 2013, after a courageous two-year battle with ALS. He was born in Smyth County, Va., to Lloyd and Lucinda Simons, both deceased. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Norma Richardson Simons, of the home.
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Other survivors are brothers, James Simons (Cleda) of Booneville, Ark.; Lloyd Simons (Peggy), of Marion, Va.; sisters, Elsie Overbay, of Lebanon, Mo.; Hazel Long, of Marion, Va.; Gladys Russell, of Marion, Va., and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert, and a sister, Evelyn.
Bob was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1954-58. He graduated from V.P.I. (Virginia Tech) in 1962 and was recruited from college by General Electric to be a part of their financial training program. He retired from General Electric after 30 years of service.
Bob enjoyed all sports, but he loved golf having served as president of the ASMGA for 13 years. He enjoyed the fellowship with the other golfers as much as the game itself.
Bob was a member of First Christian United Church of Christ. Over the years, he served as chair of the Deacon Board, treasurer, Sunday School teacher and on other committees as appointed.
There are many angels who provided such love and support during Bob's illness: Family, friends, church family, Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, Home Instead Senior Care and Duke ALS Clinic. Words cannot express enough appreciation for all you did to enrich Bob's life.
Funeral services will be conducted at First Christian United Church of Christ, 415 S. Church St., Burlington, on Monday, May 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Phillip Myers officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Virginia.
Family will visit with friends at Rich and Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service on Sunday, May 19, 2013, from 4 to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to ALS Association Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter, 4 N. Blount St. 2nd Floor Raleigh, NC 27601, or Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com
Published in TheTimesNews.com from May 18 to May 19, 2013