The Associated Press
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A renowned South Carolina blacksmith who created hundreds of ornamental iron gates and fences in more than half a century at the forge has died.
Harleston-Boags Funeral Home director Gippon Boags said that Philip Simmons of Charleston died in his sleep Monday night at age 97.
Simmons started work as a blacksmith as a young man and created more than 500 pieces. His work can be seen throughout Charleston, at the Smithsonian and internationally.
Simmons received several awards, including the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian award.
The funeral will be Saturday at St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston.