Clyde Gatewood Simmons

Clyde Gatewood Simmons

11.28.2006
Served in the
Air Force
Clyde Gatewood Simmons native and lifelong Suffolk resident passed away early Tuesday morning November 28 2006 at Lake Prince woods Skilled Care Center. He is survived by his three daughters Ida Simmons Mary Darden Hearring and Martha Simmons; his three grandchildren Miranda Darden Meredith Darden Kelly and Brad Rose; and his great-granddaughter Kinsley Rose.

During World War II he enlisted in the W. S. Army at age 17 and volunteered for the Army Air Corps. He flew 35 missions and was shot down three times in the south Pacific while a tail-gunner onB-24s.

After the war he returned to Suffolk married Mattie Lucille 'Duck'? Simmons and began a job with Berkley Feed Company as a route salesman serving the farmers in the surrounding counties. It was work he continued until he retired. After the death of his first wife he married Margaret Ward Simmons. Together the two were know for feeding and protecting the fowl living in the pond below Hill Crest Nursing Home until his dear Margaret died in 2002.

He was a founding member of the Joe Bagley Post of the Veterans of Wars a charter member of the Wilroy Road Ruritan Club and was among the first members of Oxford Methodist Church. He was recognized for his regular attendance and many ears of faithful service to these organizations.

Visitation will be at R. W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home & Crematory at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday December 3 followed by a funeral service at Oxford United Methodist Church at 2:30 p.m. and committal at Holly Lawn Cemetery.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Veterans' Relief Fund c/o The Joe Bagley VFW Post #25 82 1444 Wilroy Road Suffolk VA 23234.

The Simmons Family is grateful to Stephanie Smith Denis Brown and the nursing staff of Lake Prince Woods and to the volunteers and friends who helped Daddy maintain his social contacts in the past year.

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