Funeral services for Gilbert Elmer Simmons, 79, Pomona, Mo., will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc., West Plains.
He was born the son of the late Ocea Simmons and Nancy Johnson Simmons, on April 6, 1940, in Alton, Mo. and died June 5, 2019, in West Plains, Mo.. He was united in marriage March 18, 1962, in Alton, Mo. to Nora Pauline Pierce, who preceded him in death Jan. 27, 2019.
He is survived by three daughters, Nancy Ellen Yaqoob and husband Javad, Elmont, N.Y.; Gwen Simmons, Hollister, Mo., and Kathryn Phillips and husband Luther, Grapevine, Texas; one brother, Larry Simmons and wife Daisy, Alton, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Joan Simmons, Alton, Mo.; four grandchildren, Sereena, Taniya, Caitlin, and Shelby.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and six siblings, Robert Simmons, Roscoe Simmons, Mary Wainscott, Rita Simmons, and two infant siblings. He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church of West Plains, Mo.
He served in the military with the United States Army. He worked as a butcher for many years for Ramey’s, Price Chopper, and other surrounding grocery stores. He was also on the school board at Richards School for 15 years.
Memorial contributions may be made to your choice of organizations, and can be left at the funeral home. Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, Mo. Burial will be in Cave Springs Cemetery, Oregon County, Mo., under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.