First Posted: 5/12/2009
CLAREMONT Mr. Pete Darrell Simmons, 75, of 3333 Hillcrest Drive, Claremont, husband of Mrs. Ruth Poore Simmons, passed away Monday, May 11, 2009, at the Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. He was born Oct. 20, 1933, in Surry County to the late Charlie and Elizabeth McDaniel Simmons. He was retired from Collins and Aikman, was a member of Granite Masonic Lodge #322 AF&AM and enjoyed fishing, camping and boating. He was a member of the Woodlawn Baptist Church in Conover. Surviving is his wife, Ruth P. Simmons of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Rick Sebastian of Cincinnati, Ohio; a son and two daughters-in-law, Phil and Meredith Simmons of Jupiter, Fla., and Candice Simmons of Claremont; six grandchildren and a spouse, Justin and Nicole Simmons of Woodstock, Ga., Taylor Simmons of Claremont, Olivia Simmons of Claremont, Cody Rowe of Charlotte and Jessica Sebastian and Zach Sebastian, both of Cincinnati; a great-granddaughter, Alexa Simmons of Woodstock; and a brother and sister-in-law, Gray and Frances Simmons of Mount Airy. In addition to his parents, Mr. Simmons was preceded in death by a son, Sean Simmons; and five brothers, Harvey, Houston, Reggie, Curtis and Haywood Simmons. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Woodlawn Baptist Church, 440 7th Street Place, S.W., Conover. The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and the service will start at 2 p.m. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2009, at Moody Funeral Home Chapel of Mount Airy. The family will receive friends 1 to 1:45 p.m. Both services will be conducted by Dr. Ed Yount. Burial will follow in Skyline Memory Gardens. Full Masonic Burial Rites will be conducted at the graveside by Granite Masonic Lodge #322 AF&AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Woodlawn Baptist Graceful Giving, 440 7th Street Place, Conover, NC 28613; or to Palliative Care and Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.