Fred Milton Simmons, 82, a resident of Hambleton, departed this life Friday, June 27, 2014, at Cortland Acres, Thomas. He had been in declining health for the past six months.
He was born Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1932, at Parsons, a son of the late Albert Lawrence “Sie” and Verna Ellen Delaney Simmons.
On May 9, 1956, at Oakland, Md., he was married to the former Rosella Pearle Blosser, who preceded him in death on Sept. 16, 2009. They had celebrated 53 years of marriage.
Surviving are one daughter, Connie Lou “Bootsie” Morris and husband, Todd, of Parsons; one son, Roy Earl “Jim” Oldaker and wife, Rita, of Louisa, Va.; one stepdaughter, Sandra “Sue” Bilby and husband, Mike; two brothers-in-law, Billy Blosser of Weston and Carl Hull of French Creek; three sisters-in-law, Bonnie Shingleton of Michigan, Shirley Blosser of Parsons and Georgia McDaniels of Grafton; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He is the last surviving member of his immediate family having been preceded in death by one stepson, Robert Lee Oldaker; five brothers, Harry Simmons, Hugh “Dutch” Simmons, Forrest Simmons, Ross Simmons and Rodney Simmons; and four sisters, Mary Edna Sturms, Wanda Jean Ellis, Erma Hedrick and Ella Sue Sponaugle.
He was a graduate of Parsons High School with the class of 1949. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, where he served as a military policeman during the Korean Conflict. He was a former employee of Kingsford Charcoal Company for 32 years, retiring as shipping supervisor. He was a member of the Hambleton United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Wellness Center of Parsons, the WV Farm Bureau, Parsons High School Alumni Association, of which he was inducted into the Parsons High School Hall of Fame, the Fraternal Order of Oddfellows Post 103 of Davis, the Tucker County Veterans Association, VFW Post 410 of Belington, the Pythagoras Lodge 128 A.F. & A.M. of Parsons, the Parsons Chapter 91 Order of the Eastern Star, the Scottish Rite of Clarksburg, the Osiris Temple of Wheeling, the International Shriner’s of Wheeling and the Shriner’s Clowns. He was also a member of the Tygart Valley Shrine Club. Fred enjoyed hunting, working in his workshop, spending time with his fellow veterans and he loved to dress up in his clown and Santa suite for the children.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. On Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m., the Parsons Chapter 91 O.E.S. will conduct ritualistic services.
Final rites will be conducted from the funeral home parlor at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Pastor Sue Metzner will officiate and interment will follow at the Mt. State Memorial Gardens at Gilman, where the H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, the Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veteran of Foreign War and the Tucker County Veterans Association will conduct full military honors and the Pythagoras Lodge 128 A.F. & A.M. of Parsons will conduct Masonic graveside rites.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Fred Milton Simmons. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarb funeral home.com.