Born Jan. 8, 1931 in Grantsburg, Mr. Simmons was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army. He was employed as an automation tender at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Chicago Heights for 16 and one-half years.
Mr. Simmons was a member of Mermet Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Imogene Felker Simmons; his children, Samuel D. Simmons Jr. and his wife Marsha of Flowery Branch, Ga., Linda Sue Vogt of Metropolis and David D. Simmons of Benton; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lee Simmons of Carbondale; one sister, Rosemary Hight of Anna; one sister-in-law, Alene Huckelberry of Vienna; one brother-in-law, Johnny Felker of Karnak; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William D. Simmons and Violet Elsie Slankard Simmons-Wallace; his stepfather, Jim Wallace; one son, James Franklin Simmons; one sister, Brooksie Estes Turner; and three brothers, Harry Simmons, Tommy Simmons and Charles Wallace.
Funeral service was held May 8 at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna with Pastor Sam Roberts and Pastor Kenneth Capps officiating. Burial followed at Belknap Masonic Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Beggs-Gurley VFW Post 5222 and the Illinois National Guard Burial Honors Detail.
Memorials may be made to the Heather Harper Treat Memorial Cancer Fund, PO Box 98, Vienna, IL 62995 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 320 East Walnut St., Suite A, Carbondale, IL 62901.