David "Worlie" Simmons, 95, a well-known businessman and farmer, a resident of the Porterwood community, Parsons, and more recently a resident of Elkins, departed this life Thursday morning, Jan. 16, 2014, in Lexington Veterans Administration Medical Center at Lexington, Ky., while visiting his daughter.
He was born Friday, July 5, 1918, at Bretz, a son of the late James Perry Simmons and Lizzie Merrit
On July 20, 1938, at Parsons, he was married to the former Isobel Spessert Simmons, who preceded him in death Aug. 25, 2012. They had celebrated 74 years of marriage.
Surviving are two sons, Gary Wayne Simmons and wife, Shirley, of Bethlehem, Pa., and David Creig Simmons and wife, Can, of Moravia, Calif.; two daughters, Jan Rae Summerfield and husband, Roger, of Elkins and Esther "Jill" Swart and husband, Wayne, of Versailles, Ky.; seven grandchildren, Kimberly, Marla, Sherry, Russell, Christina, Heather and Rob; and 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nine stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family having been preceded in death by six brothers, infant, Claude Simmons, Clyde Simmons, Elwood Simmons, Cecil Simmons and Howard Simmons; five sisters, Ruth Bostic, Pricilla Lee "Patty" Rittmeyer, Elsie F. Simmons and Magdeline Simmons; twin siblings, a brother and a sister; and two grandsons, Gary and Joe Simmons.
He was a graduate of Parsons High School with the class of 1937, and a graduate of Moler Barber College and Moler Beauty College. He was a veteran of the United States Navy Combat Unit, serving during World War II, in the United State Naval Amphibious Forces from 1944 to 1946. He worked the Civilian Conservation Corp. He was a former employee of the United States Forest Service, the Barber Jew Cross and Bethlehem Steel at Pittsburgh, Pa. He worked for the FBI, in the security department at Baltimore, Md. He moved back to Parsons and owned and operated Simmons Barber Shop on Second Street for many years. He then, along with his wife, moved to the corner of Front and Walnut street, where they owned and operated the Simmons Barber and Beauty Shop. Then in 1984, they moved the business to their home place at Porterwood, where they continued to operate the Simmons Barber and Beauty Shop and the White Oak Bed and Breakfast. Both Mr. and Mrs. Simmons retired in 2003. He was an avid
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Parli will officiate, and interment will follow at the Family Moore Cemetery at Porterwood where the United States Navy, the H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, the Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign War and the Tucker County Veterans Association will conduct full military honors.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for David "Worlie" Simmons. Condolences may be expressed to the family at; www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.