Russell S. Simmons, 80, a former resident of Valley Bend and Dailey, and for the past two years, a resident in Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center in Elkins, passed from this life Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center in Elkins. His health had been declining for the last several years.
Russell was born Monday, Jan. 22, 1934, in Belington, a son of the late Conley S. Simmons and Della M. Murphy Simmons. He had never married and was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Left to cherish Russell's memory are two sisters-in-law, Wanna Simmons of Dailey, who looked after Russell for several years, and Betty Simmons of Beach City, Ohio; two brothers-in-law, Jack Miller and Robert Petrun of Ohio; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Preceding Russell in death, besides his parents, were three brothers, Lionel, Arley and Jennings; and four sisters, Etheleen, Arlene, Geneva and Evelyn.
Russell had attended Tygart Valley High School and graduated from Elkins High School. He retired from Concast Metal Products in Dailey where he was a machinist for many years. Russell was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Germany. He was a talented banjo and guitar player and had competed in many contests. He loved playing horseshoes and the West Virginia University Mountaineers. Russell was a Methodist by faith.
Visitation will be conducted at the Randolph Funeral home Wednesday, Feb. 12, from noon to 1 p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. Randy Long will officiate, and interment will follow in Simmons Cemetery in Valley Head where members of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the West Virginia Honor Guard will conduct full military honors.
The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Russell S. Simmons. Send online condolences to the family at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com.