Mr. Fred Garlin Simmons, 86, a resident of Elkins, went home to be with his Heavenly Father Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Nella's Inc.
He was born Oct. 10, 1927, at Huttonsville, a son of the late George Washington and Anna Mae Swecker Simmons.
On March 3, 1956, at Oakland, Md., he was married to Geraldine A. Coberly Simmons, who survives.
Also surviving are five sons, Robert L. Simmons and wife, Joyce, of Moatsville, Rocky A. Simmons and wife, Susan, of Elkins, Gerald G. Simmons of Polk City, Fla., Eugene N. Simmons and wife, Andrea, of Lake City, Fla., and David J. Simmons and wife, Angela, of Elkins. One sister, Georgia Ann Shiflett of Elkins; eight grandchildren, Katie Marie, Jenna Lynn, Amanda Marie, Nicholas Alan, Chad Christopher, Shaina Alice, Kaylea Suzanne and Emma Leigh Ann Simmons; one stepgrandson, Rob Wilfong; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Taylor and Kelsea Wilfong as well as several nieces and nephews also survive.
Also preceding him in death were four brothers, Carl, Clyde, Elden and Wilson Simmons; and one sister, Mary Simmons.
Mr. Simmons was a veteran of United States Army having served during World War II and received the Army Victory Medal. He also was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during the Korean War, where he was an airman first class and received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He retired from Mongold Lumber Co. and attended Elkins Church of God. Mr. Simmons loved fishing, baseball, football and watching game shows.
Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Eli Hostetler and Pastor Jamie Estep officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain State Memorial Gardens. Full military rites will be accorded at the gravesite by members of The West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard Program, H.W. Daniel's Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Hospice, 1600 Crim Ave., Belington, WV 26250 in memory of Mr. Simmons. The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Fred Garlin Simmons. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.