Calvin Clifford Simmons, age 87, of Winchester, Virginia, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Hampshire Memorial Hospital in Romney. He had been a resident of Hampshire Care Center since August 2010.
Born April 4, 1928, at Cornstalk, he was a son of the late George Hampton Simmons and Nellie Wheeler Suttle Simmons Jones.
Calvin was raised in Hillsboro. He joined the United States Army in November, 1947 and served as a Staff Sergeant. When the Korean War began, Calvin’s time of duty was extended one year and he was sent to Germany until October 1951. While in the service, he studied and became a skilled mechanic and made his career as a diesel mechanic.
He spent many hours on the farm in Stephens City, Virginia, and enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of the Round Hill United Methodist Church in Winchester, Virginia.
Calvin married Mollie Mae Griffiths Simmons on September 19, 1950. She died of cancer in July 1967. He married his second wife, Helen Elizabeth Williams Simmons, June 13, 1970, and she preceded him in death by two years, seven days, passing on April 8, 2013.
In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Elmer Hampton Simmons, William Letcher Simmons and Marion Grant “Skeeze” Simmons.
He is survived by two sisters, Mary Ann Beverage, of Hillsboro, and Dora Lee Brown, and husband, Loren, of Stuarts Draft, Virginia; his son, John D. Simmons, and wife, Linda, of Harrisonburg, Virginia; a daughter, Deborah J. Simmons Cheshire Fry, of Augusta; step-sons, Dwight Cox and Darren Cox, and wife, Carolyn, all of Grottoes, Virginia, Randall Easter, and wife, Kathy, of Inwood, Daniel Easter, and wife, Diane, of Newport News, Virginia, and Dennis Easter, and wife, Lynn, of Alpharetta, Georgia; 11 grandchildren, Clifford Simmons, and wife, Patsy, Bonnie Cox, and husband, Aaron, Katie Cheshire Andrews, Michael Cheshire, and wife, Drema, Scott Easter, and wife, Pam, Tim Easter, Tammy Stone, and husband, Bryan, Emma Easter, Abby Easter, Dwight Cox and Darren Cox, all of Grottos, Virginia; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was April 18 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel in Winchester, Virginia, with Pastor Michael Cheshire and Pastor Penny Wilson officiating.
Interment was in Shenandoah Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the Round Hill United Methodist Church, 2993 Northwestern Pike, Winchester, VA 22603.