Catherine "Louise" Phillips Simmons, 84, a resident of Parsons, departed this life Sunday afternoon, Aug. 3, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. She had been in declining health.
She was born Tuesday, July 18, 1930, at the Ole'Doc Barb Farm at Shaver's Fork, Parsons, a daughter of the late Floyd Calvin and Katherine Otia Shaw Phillips. On Nov. 25, 1950, at Oakland, Md., she was married to James Ellwood Simmons, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are five sons, Keith Edward Simmons and wife, Janet, of Midway, Ga.; James Howard Simmons and wife, Susie, of Osh Kosh, Wis.; David Wayne Simmons and wife, Donna; Joseph Theodore Simmons; and Richard Donald "Rick" Simmons and wife, Linda, all of Parsons; one daughter, Marcia Elaine Cary and husband, John, of Benicia, Calif.; one sister, Helen Sherman of Glenburnie, Md.; 14 grandchildren, Dawn, Robyn, Johnny, Tamara, Davey, Derek, Chrissy, Zach, Christopher, James "J.J.," Ciara, Jimmy, Jesse and Kiley; and two great-grandchildren, Vincent and Olivia.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Keith "Sonny" Phillips, Robert Phillips, Calvin Phillips and Elmer Phillips; two sisters, Alean Loughry and Lavelle Sherman; and three grandchildren, Stephanie and Melissa Simmons and Michael Carr.
She attended the schools of Tucker County. She was former employee of the Viz Manufacturing Co. at Philadelphia, the former White Gables Nursing Home, the George Burton Cab Co. and she was a homemaker. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and a member of the Moore United Methodist Church.
The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Leon Hevener will officiate and interment will follow at the Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Catherine "Louise" Phillips Simmons. Condolences may be expressed to the family at; www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.