OBITUARY

Thomas "Tommy" Philip Simmons Sr.

November 14, 1930March 9, 2019
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Tom passed away March 9, 2019 at the age 88. He was in the company of his loving family.

Born November 14, 1930 in his parent’s home in Yadkin County, he was the son of Wheeler and Bernice Simmons. After graduating from Harding High School in 1949, he worked for Wearn Lumber and Snow Lumber companies.

Tommy was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He married his high school sweetheart, Leslie Black, in 1951 after five years of dating. He is survived by his wife, Leslie “Boots”; three children, Phil, Becky and Paul; three grandchildren, Philip, Will and Maddie; two great-grandchildren, Naomi and Bruce; as well as his sister Rosie and her husband, Jim Andrews.

Tommy loved fishing so much that he built himself a wooden boat as a teenager. Then, as a father, he built, with his brother-in-law and father, a cabin on Lake Norman for their families and friends to enjoy. All summer holidays were spent at the lake house having family cook-outs with friends and relatives. He spent uncountable hours teaching his children and their friends to water-ski. Was this his overly-generous nature or an excuse to be on his boats? We say both!

One week a year he took his family on fun-filled vacations throughout the eastern states. In retirement, he took his adored wife, Boots, to all 50 of the country’s state capitals. He spent his other weeks of vacation at his favorite spots, Ocracoke Island, Hatteras, Murrells Inlet and other seaside fishing villages. He enjoyed time with his parents, relatives, friends and family for relaxing October fishing and boating.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, March 15th in the Chapel of Forest Lawn West Funeral Home, 4601 Freedom Drive. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. A reception will also follow the service. Interment will be in Forest Lawn West Cemetery.

For those wishing to send memorial gifts, please consider Christ Presbyterian Church, 2461 Arty Ave., Charlotte, NC, 28208, where Tom was a member.

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Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 15, 2019
REMEMBERING

Thomas "Tommy" Philip Simmons Sr.

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Greg and Bonnie Williams

March 14, 2019

We really enjoyed our times together both at the house in Ocracoke and the lake house near Charlotte. Tommy always made us feel very relaxed and insured our stays were memorable. Tommy was the father of our son-in-law, Phil.
I remember once leaving a package of school papers behind in Ocracoke (I was a high school teacher) and him bringing them to me as I returned on the ferry. Tommy was very happy to deliver the papers at the ferry slip. He didn't have to but he did save me the distance of driving 12 miles back to the house and I did not have to return with the car.
Thank you, Tommy.
Thank you to all his family.

Christopher Wall

March 13, 2019

Boots, Phil, Becky, Paul, and the entire Simmons Family;

To me Tommy was a Man that could make anyone feel like a friend. From the first time I met him he was inviting and never lacked for something to talk about and help others engage in conversation.

For many years on Saturday nights, Susan and I would go to the Old Hickory House BBQ restaurant where often we would find Tommy, Boots, Bob, & Sally enjoying BBQ and spending quality time together, as Gene and Louise kept things running at the restaurant.

On those nights after I finished eating, I would often make my way up to the register to restock and organize the small candy rack just because it gave me something to do. Tommy thought that was really something that I did that and very affectionately bestowed upon me the title of “Candy Man”. From that day on no matter where our paths crossed, he would great me with “Hey Candy Man…”

It was just like him to come up with something clever and I felt honored that he had given me his own special nickname.

Susan talks fondly of her years growing up and having Tommy in her life as all 3 families (Simmons, Campbell, Carter) would come together and live life together.

As each one if us reflects on our Memories with Tommy as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, or Friend, know that just like this small part of my life I have shared, there are likely many more like mine where Tommy played a role in touching people’s lives in a positive and memorable way.

My Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you at his time,
Christopher Wall

Regina Lutz

March 12, 2019

To the entire family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Terri and Phillip I know you will miss grandpa Tommy and all the fun times at the lake house, eating out and traveling!! I heard you talk of him and Boots often and I know you will cherish all these wonderful memories and know that he is at peace now. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

Susan Wall

March 12, 2019

Dear Simmons Family,

I have such good childhood to adult memories of Tommy. I believe the best memories are from those summer days spending time at the lake house with everyone. He was always so nice to me, Kathy, and David and loved taking us out on the boat and taking us skiing.
May you all know that he was a special, kind and good man and when I think of him it makes me smile and have happy thoughts!

My sympathy and love to you all,

Susan Carter Wall

Wesley Phillips

March 12, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Laura and Wesley Phillips

Sherry Barretta

March 12, 2019

Boots,

Just want you to know that I'm thinking about you and sending you my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Tommy. I wish you comfort in the coming days and wish you peace in remembering all the good times that you had together.

Nancy wrote me to tell me about Tommy and her visit in June to NC. I hope that you can join us for a lunch or whatever. I would love to see you. It's been a while.

Warm hugs coming your way,
Sherry

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