Mr. Herbert Stanley Simmons, 97, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, March 7, 2020. Mr. Simmons was born in Floris, Iowa March 24, 1922, to the late Earl Moses Simmons and Mamie Jane Johnson Simmons. Mr. Simmons attended the Chicago Electrical Institute. He was a founding member of the First Alliance Church in Franklin, NC. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1945; He was part of the WWII Normandy Invasion and served throughout Europe during the war.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years Mrs. Norma Grimes Simmons of the home; 4 children, Jane Simmons Crawford of Greenville, SC, Dan Simmons and his wife, Jenny of Greenville, SC, Susan Simmons Dodds and husband, Bruce of Greenville, SC, and Nancy Simmons Ricotta and husband, Bob of Franklin, NC; grandchildren, Brent Crawford (Kelly), Dana Stoner, Eric Dodds (Julie), Rob Ricotta, Cameron Dodds, Barrett Dodds, Annie Simmons, and Sara Ricotta; 5 great-grandchildren, Rush Stoner, Merrick Stoner, Anderson Stoner, Rhett Dodds, and Tress Dodds; nieces and nephews, Delbert Shaw (Marty), Veryl Shaw (Susan), Lois Frederick (Paul), and Jody Leightner. Also surviving, a special caregiver, Joan Bishop.
A Celebration of Life service will be held 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the First Alliance Church of Franklin. Military rites will follow the service at the church. The family will receive friends Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 5-7 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial will be on Monday, March 16, 2020, in Black Mountain, NC at the North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brent Crawford, Eric Dodds, Rob Ricotta, Adam Drake, Greg Morris, Dan Davis, Chayse Davis, and Rush Stoner.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Guido Evangelistic Association Inc. 600 N. Lewis St. Metter, GA 30439 or The First Alliance Church of Franklin Missions Fund, 31 Promise Lane Franklin, NC 28734.
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