John Thomas "Tom" Simmermacher

Hampton, Arkansas

Nov 14, 1946 – Mar 26, 2018 (Age 71)


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Benton Funeral Home - Fordyce, AR - Fordyce Obituary

John Thomas "Tom" Simmermacher, 71, of Hampton died Monday, March 26, 2018 at Ouachita Nursing and Rehab in Camden. He was born November 14, 1946 in Tucumcari, NM. He worked as a carpenter for Fitzhugh Strickland and he was an Army veteran.. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Lloyd Simmermacher and Annie Mae Watson; and one brother, Robert Simmermacher. He is survived by two daughters, Shea Simmermacher of Hampton, and Tera (Karl) Young of El Dorado; three grandchildren, Lucas Simmermacher of Hampton, and Kyle and Mikayla Young of El Dorado; and one uncle, Bill Watson of Hope. Visitation will be Thursday 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Friday at Benton Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Nutt officiating. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. To sign the online register visit

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Tom and I were in the Hampton High School Class of 1964. We spent many wonderful hours riding our horses and skating. Memories that will always be with me. We lost contact after school but reconnected some years later and remained friends.
My sympathy to Tom's family and friends. May memories be a comfort and blessing.

Very sorry to hear about this.

I forgot to add, Tom would rather fish than anything else.

Tom was like a brother to all of us, and like a son to mom. He has been a "member" of our family for years. He and I had many fishing trips and rides in the woods around Calhoun County. If I was there during Christmas, he always took me to get clippings off the red berry trees for decoration. He was always willing to lend a hand if anyone needed help. We loved him and will miss him. Tom was a good man, and loved his kids and grandchildren, as well as all of us.

I was in the Hampton High School of 1964. I feel like our close circle on earth is getting smaller with Tom "going home". We are all so close in relationship and love one another. I had the privilege of talking to Tom in the last few weeks before his death. He was concerned about going to heaven so we prayed and talked about God's Word. I'm so thankful we have the story of 3 people being crucified along with Jesus. And 1 of those called out to Jesus, who replied to him...

Soft-spoken but full of mischief with that quirky smile. So long fellow classmate!

So many memories are pressed in the pages of my mind. I will miss you Tom Tom. Prayers for those you leave behind and joy that you are now in the arms of Jesus.

I knew Tom as my cousin "Tom Tom" because he and I had the honor of being one of many Toms in the Watson family. I always will remember him as handsome and even though I was one of the youngest cousins, he was always nice to me. I will miss knowing that he is holding down the home place. I will miss him.

When my family went to visit in Hampton every summer, I was in awe of my cousin Tom-Tom. He played the guitar like a rock star, drove a hot car when I was too young to even beg a ride with the big kids, and had a collection of the latest hit records that he played constantly. But he was also the cousin who helped us walk across the highway to get a cold bottle of pop at the store, and went with us when all the cousins dug traps in the pine woods or walked through Uncle Hubert's land to meet...