Rev. Donald Lee Simmons, 73, of Otterville, died on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at his home in Otterville.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at First Baptist Church of Otterville. Burial will be in New Lebanon Cemetery. VFW Post 2591 will conduct military rites at the cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at First Baptist Church of Otterville. Memorials contribution are suggested to New Salem Baptist Church.
He was born Aug. 4, 1935, to Benjamin Franklin Simmons and Eudora Abbott Simmons in Norborne. In 1954, in Salisbury, he married Elsie Ann Fairfax, who survives of the home. He served many United Methodist Churches across the state of Missouri for 41 years. For the past nine years, he served as member and devoted pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Marshall Junction. He cherished each person, but especially the children. He attained many degrees, doctorates and honors, but always found time for his family and loved them dearly. He was an army veteran of the Korean War, secretary/treasurer of the Otterville Fire Protection District, served as a city alderman for two years and was vice president of the Senior Citizens.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Mark Simmons and his wife, Judy, of Otterville, Don Simmons and his wife, Sandra, of Imperial, and Tim Simmons and his wife, Dana, of Dixon; one sister, Nancy Hockemeier and her husband, Charles, of Gravois Mills; one brother, Charles Simmons and his wife, Esther, of Richmond; seven granddaughters, Denise Cassidy and her husband, Dean, of Park Hills, Robin Treiber and her husband, Steve, of Eureka, Lindsay Simmons of Marshall, Marci Simmons of Otterville, Amber Simmons of Imperial, Brandi Simmons of Dixon and Abrea Simmons of Dixon; four grandsons, Matthew Simmons of Otterville, Jeremy Simmons of Marshall, Justin Simmons of Marshall and Evan Simmons of Dixon; six great-grandchildren, Austin and Brayden Treiber and Allison, Justin Dean, Trent and Tyler Cassidy.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lori Ann Simmons in 1983; his parents; four brothers; and four sisters.
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