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Funeral services for Jim K Simmons 85, Athens have been scheduled for 3:00 Sunday November 6, 2016 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Hall officiating.
Burial will follow at Willow Springs Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.
Jim K Simmons went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Athens.
Jim K was the fourth of seven children born to Bill Freeman Simmons and Alice Lee Futrell in Italy, Texas on February 2, 1931 where his parents were share croppers. The family later moved to the Willow Springs community. As a young boy, while attending church at Willow Springs Baptist Church, he accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized in a small pond between Willow Springs and Cross Roads. After he was old enough to work in the fields, his springs were filled with planting crops, summers with picking tomatoes and black eyed peas, and the falls were for picking cotton. He attended school during the winter months at Cross Roads, Texas. He continued his schooling through his sophomore year of high school. At 17 years of age he joined the Army and attended basic training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina and then was stationed in Germany.
Doe Dosser, a childhood friend, called Jim K in 1951 needing a roughneck. He traveled to Childress, Texas to work with Doe for Survey Drilling Company of Dallas. This would later lead Jim K to Laverne, Oklahoma, where the company had a contract to drill. Jim K and Doe met the loves of their lives in Laverne and after a few dates the two couples eloped to Clayton, New Mexico. Jim K and Doe remained life-long friends. He would say if you got through life with one friend that you could call in your time of need and they would drop what they were doing to help, then you were lucky. For Jim K that friend was Doe Dosser.
Jim K and Doris' first home together was a duplex in Laverne. He continued working for Survey Drilling for ten years. They were always starting a well, finishing it and moving on. Some of the states the couple called home were Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, California and Washington. After all that traveling, they settled down in 1961 in Athens, Texas.
Jim K continued to work in the oil field until receiving his high school Equivalency Diploma in 1959. He then accepted a job with Kelly Springfield Tire Company in Tyler, Texas, retiring in 1996. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #165 of Athens. After retirement, he enjoyed working in his vegetable garden and having his children come home visit. Jim K was involved with his three girls, taking them to their events, teaching them to drive and keep up their cars, rainbow Girls, and especially softball. His three girls fondly remember practicing softball for hours using the backstop he built in their front yard.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Doris Marie Farrell Simmons, parents; Bill Freeman and Alice Lee Futrell Simmons, sisters; madge Lever and Martha Rainwater, brother; Kenneth 'Pete' Simmons and son-in-law, Scott Wood.
Survivors include his three daughters; Kimberly K LaMunyon of Perryton, Texas, Cindy Wood of Athens, Tammy Doughty and husband Todd of Electra, Texas, grandchildren; Kelsey and husband Derek Gourley, Britny LaMunyon, Quinn LaMunyon, Logan LaMunyon, Tonya Sanders and husband Billy, Katie Smith, Blake Doughty and wife Katie, Nick Doughty. Three great grandsons; Lain Snyder, Nathan Gourley and Tyler Gourley, sisters; Lil Paul and Laverne Frost, brother; Bill Simmons and wife Willie Mae, sister-in-law; Mable Simmons.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Derek Gourley, Quinn LaMunyon, Logan LaMunyon, Blake Doughty and Nick Doughty.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Sunday Nov. 6, 2016 from 2-3P.M. at the funeral home.
Then family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Donald Carney and the Kindred At Home Hospice team members.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Willow Springs Cemetery Association, 8756 FM 59 Athens, Texas 75751 or to a charity of your choice.
If you would like to leave a message of condolence or light a memorial candle for the family you may do so at www.carroll-lehr.com.
Published on November 3, 2016
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