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Simmons, Ben

Weimar Local Matters

Ben Simmons, an old and respected citizen of this section died in few days ago at his home, near Live Oak church. We have been unable to hear any of he particulars pertaining to is last illness. Mr. S. was a good, conscientious, hard working citizen, and will be sadly missed in the neighborhood where he lived. He has lived in this neighborhood for a number of years. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn the loss of a husband and father. [Place of interment Live Oak]

Colorado Citizen, January 3, 1889

Simmons, Cordelia


Mrs. Ben Simmons, the 91-year-old mother of Mrs. R. B. Miles of the Live Oak community, died at the Miles family home Sunday night, after a long illness. the remains were laid to rest in the Live Oak Cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. H. Hall, local Baptist pastor, officiating in the presence of a large assemblage of mourning relatives and friends.

We are hopeful someone of that community will furnish the Mercury with a suitable obituary for our next issue.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, Nov 29, 1929

Simmons, Emma (Pons)

Emma Pons Simmons

November 5, 1912 - January 10, 1994

Emma P. Simmons, 81, of Columbus, died January 10,1994, at Memorial City Hospital in Houston. She was born November 5, 1912, in San Antonio, to Lawrence and Annie Farris Pons. She was united in marriage to Warren W. Simmons on November 24, 1956. Simmons was a housewife and affiliated with First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Magnolia Homes Tour, Columbus Garden Club and Mission Study Group of First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband on June 18, 1992; her parents; a sister, Josephine; and a brother, Lawrence Pons Jr. Survivors include a daughter, Jaye Ellen Gragg of Katy; twin sisters, Ann McCormick of The Woodlands and Theresa Denton of Stockton, Calif.; and a grandson, Jeffrey Scott Gragg of Katy. Funeral services were held January 13 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Scott Herren officiating. Burial followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Pallbearers were Jeffrey Gragg, Jack McClanahan, Richard Heffley, Richard Haley, Joe Hanak and Orville Farris. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. Eagle Lake Headlight; January 20. 1994

Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Simmons, Henry

Henry Simmons, 81, Colored Famer, Dies

Henry Simmons, a retired colored farmer of this sectioin, died Monday morning, Sept. 18, at his home in the western part of town, after a lingering illness. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

He was born March 14, 1869. His widow, five sons, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren survive.

Weimar Mercury, September 29, 1950, page 1

Simmons, Isaac Pryor


Pryor, Simmons, age 79, of Austin and formerly of Eagle Lake, passed away Monday, January 11 at the Seaton Hospital in Austin.

Funeral services were held for Pryor Simmons Wednesday, January 13 from the Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Russell Moon of Edna officiating.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Pryor Simmons was born July 23, 1908 in Nedra, Texas to Richard and Julia Walker Simmons.

He owned and operated Simmon's Laundry of Eagle Lake for many years before retirement had moving to Austin. He had been active in the Methodist Church in Eagle Lake and Austin.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Becky Simmons of Austin; daughter, Mrs. Judy White of Ft Worth; sons, Ike Simmons and John Simmons both of Austin and Warren Simmons of Houston; brother, Warren W. Simmons of Columbus; six grandchildren; and one step grandchild.

Colorado County Citizen, January 21, 1988, page 2

Simmons, John Allen Sr


John Allen Simmons Sr., 81, of Fresno, passed away at his residence Jan. 8.

He was born June 24,1924, in Orange, to William Alexander and Myrtle (Perkins) Simmons formerly of Columbus. He served his country in World War II in the U.S. Marine Corps, 4th. Marine Division participating in action against the Japanese including Iwo Jima. Following his discharge from the U.S. Marines he reenlisted in the U.S. Navy serving in the Asiatic Pacific fleet on the U.S.S. McKean.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Muriel Simmons, and sisters Lois De Leon, and Helen Mc Donald.

He is survived by his of 59 years, Delores (Schuette) Simmons of Fresno; daughters and sons-in-law Sherry Plourde of Fresno, Wanda and Roy Stokes of Iowa Colony, Deborah and Russell Thoede of Houston and Marsha Pastuch of Fresno; son and daughter-in-law, John Jr. and Wendy Simmons of Alvin; 11 grandchildren;14 great-grandchildren; brother Bill Simmons of San Augustine; and sister Darlene (Simmons) Trojan of Columbus.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with the Rev. Harold Sellers officiating. Internment will follow at the Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons Michael Pastuch, Russell John Thoede Jr., Calieb Simmons, Chance Colley, Brandon Williams; and great-grandsons Darryl Perry, Jonathan Cordona and Kobi Thurman.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be his great-grandsons Brett Ballard, Forrest Kade Hyland, Chance Colley Jr., Karson Hyland, Masen Miller and Jacob Pastuch.

Colorado County Citizen, January 11, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Simmons, Martha S. (Insall) Winn

The many friends of Mrs. Martha Simmons will be pained to learn of her death. She departed this life last Sunday evening at 8 P.M. at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Tom Smith. She complained of feeling unwell about 5 o’clock, but nothing serious was thought of it, and all were terribly shocked at her sudden death, which must have resulted from heart disease. The deceased was an old Texas lady, having been here over forty years. She was born in 1817 – making her age at her death 64 years. We did not know her personally but she had a host of friends to follow her to her last resting place. We extend our sympathy to the family. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, April 7, 1881
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Simmons, Myrtle Mae (Perkins)


Funeral services were held for Myrtle Mae Simmons Tuesday, January 12 from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Raymond Cox officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Myrtle Mae. Simmons was born March 19, 1905 in Lake Charles, La. to Willie AIlen Perkins and Jennie Smith Perkins. She married William A. Simmons August 22, 1922.

She was a housewife and she was affiliated with First Baptist Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Simmons, June 15, 1982.

Survivors include daughters, Lois Dale DeLeon of Houston,: Helen Faye McDonald of Sealy and Darlene Evenell Trojan of Columbus; sons, John Allen Simmons of Fresno; Muriel Lee Simmons of Houston, Billy Sherriel Simmons of San Antonio and like a son, Jerry Lewis of Columbus; 26 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Doyle Noska, Tommy Noska, Joseph Trojan, Johnny Simmons, Russell Thoede and Rusty Lewis.

Colorado County Citizen, January 21, 1988, page 2

Simmons, Richard Swearingen

Last Rites Held For Richard S. Simmons, 92

Final rites were held here last Monday, June 26th at 3:00 p.m. from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home for, Richard S. Simmons, 92. Mr. Simmons passed away in a Houston rest room last Saturday, June 24th. The Rev. Billy T. McDaniel officiated at the services. Serving, as pallbearers were Robert S. Martin, Earl Rodgers, Jr., Jack Rhoades, Charles Boggess, Donald Ohenhaus and Ervin Terrell. Mr. Simmons was born Feb. 12, 1869 in Chapel Hill. The family lived in the Eagle Lake area for many years. He had been Residing in the rest home for the past 9 years. Burial was in the Lakeside Cemetery. Surviving are four sons, Robert and Pryor Simmons of Eagle Lake; and Warren and Preston Simmons of Columbus four grandchildren, Warren, Ike, Judy and Johnny Simmons; and two nephews, George Northington, and Mentor Northington of the Egypt area.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 6, 1961
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Simmons, unknown

The fourteen-year-old daughter of William Simmons, colored, living on the McKennon farm south of Weimar, was drowned in a hole of water in a creek on the farm, Tuesday. It is the supposition that the girl went to get water from the creek and fell in and was drowned. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1912, page 1

Simmons, William Stuart


William Stuart Simmons, three weeks and three-day-old baby son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stuart Simmons, well-known Weimar couple, expired at the family home Sunday night and funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon. with the Rev. Frank Charlton of Columbus officiating.

The baby expired as the. result of measles and pneumonia, it is reported. Frantic efforts were made Sunday to secure an oxygen tent for the infant; however, one could not be obtained in time.

Mr. and Mrs. Simmons have two other children. A young son, Kenneth Armstrong Simmons; and a young daughter, Mary Harriet Simmons. Mrs. Simmons is the former Miss Eleanora Armstrong, a native of Weimar.

In the loss of their youngest child, Mr. and Mrs. Simmons have the sincere sympathy of Weimar friends.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery here.

Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1940, page 1
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