The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 20, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Dec. 20, 2013


Franklin ‘Mike’ Simmons

NORTH CHESTERFIELD, Va. — Franklin “Mike” Simmons, 79, of N. Chesterfield, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, Va. He was surrounded by his loving family when he went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He was born in Crichton, W.Va., on March 31, 1934, to the late Martin “Mike” and Orpha Simmons. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Artist Simmons and Nina Simmons.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Dortha O. Simmons, and one brother, Phillip Simmons and his wife, Jane, of Noblesville, Ind., two sisters-in-law, Norma Sears of N. Chesterfield and Shirley Vance and her husband, James, of Rainelle, W.Va., and a brother-in-law, Danny O’Dell of Chester, Va. He is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Clover Hill Baptist Church, 3100 Courthouse Road, N. Chesterfield, VA 23236 (across from Rockwood Park). His funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Interment to follow in Dale Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Clover Hill Baptist Church, 3100 Courthouse Road, N. Chesterfield, VA 23236.

Arrangements by Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service, Chesterfield, Va.

Vernon B. Simmons

PRINCETON — Vernon B. Simmons, 90, of Princeton, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Princeton Community Hospital.

Born on August 6, 1923, in Floyd, Va., he was the son of the late James and Edna Simmons. He is predeceased by three brothers, David (D.L.), Harman (Doc), Herbert L. (Buddy); and one sister Freeda Cannaday. 

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Estelle Knowles Simmons; son Kevin Simmons and wife Rachel of Watkinsville, Ga.; daughter, Camela Williams and husband James of Kenbridge, Va.; grandchildren, Luke, Beth, and John Mark Simmons, Michael and Janna Williams; nephew, Barry Simmons of Kingsport, Tenn.; niece, Karen Hammond of Griffin, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Ruby McCrary of Floyd and Belva (Bea) Simmons of Wise, Va.

Vernon served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 in Panama. Following this tour, he became a heavy equipment operator for 34 years, primarily serving the coal mining industry. He was a member of UMWA District 17, Local 1160. He was an active member of Cook Memorial Baptist Church of Pineville, W.Va., for 35 years, later transferring his membership to First Baptist Church of Princeton, W.Va.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Kevin Simmons and Dr. David Dockery officiating. Interment will follow in the Jacksonville Cemetery with Military Rites by Floyd V.F.W. Post # 7854 and American Legion Post # 127. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the funeral at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by Maberry Funeral Home Chapel, Floyd, Va.

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