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Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine ST, Columbia, SC

OBITUARY

William Harold Simmons

February 3, 1929May 12, 2020
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CAYCE - William Harold Simmons, 91, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday morning, May 12, 2020 following a brief illness. A private family service will be held at Dunbar Funeral Homes, Devine Street Chapel, with military burial at Southland Memorial Gardens. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date after COVID-19 concerns pass.

Born in Mullins, Harold was the son of the late George Marion Simmons and Leona Lane Simmons. He spent his childhood in Swansea, SC, and graduated from Carlisle Military School of Bamberg in 1946. He obtained his private pilot's license at age 17 and joined the United States Marine Corps, serving in China from 1946-1948 after completing basic training at Parris Island.

Upon returning from China, Harold continued his love of aircraft by purchasing his first airplane. Some years later he began courting his future bride of 68 years, Faye Connelly Simmons, including buzzing her house with his Taylorcraft plane and taking her up for flights. After their marriage he continued his love of flying, including serving as a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol and the organizer and president of the Congaree Flying Club.

Following service in the Air Force, Harold began 33 years in the S.C. Air National Guard, retiring as Chief Master Sergeant in 1984. During his military career, Harold received dozens of medals and commendations. He served on active duty several times, including in Spain during the Berlin Crisis where he chaired an orphanage committee.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Faye Connelly Simmons of Cayce, sons, W. Michael Simmons of Cayce and John S. Simmons and granddaughter Catherine Mongell (Nick) of Columbia. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, James W. Connelly (Dolores) of Prosperity and numerous loving nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, Cayce, S.C, the Joy Club, the Monday Morning Prayer Breakfast and was an ordained deacon. He was also a member of Cayce Post # 130 American Legion and a member of Cayce Masonic Lodge #384. Harold, who attended the University of South Carolina, was well-known for his faithful attendance at U.S.C. sporting events, particularly the baseball games.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the William H. Simmons Scholarship Fund, Camden Military Academy, 520 Highway 1 North, Camden, SC 29020.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements and memories and condolences may be expressed at: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/columbia-sc/william-simmons-9179198

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Katy Wynne

May 18, 2020

Dear Mrs. Simmons, Michael, and John -

We were so sad to hear of Mr. Simmons passing away last week. What a beautiful story of his life of military service, and of such a long and blessed marriage. Mama and Daddy cherished their long-standing friendship with Harold and Faye, both in church service and between our families growing up in the Avenues. Daddy always spoke so well of Mr. Simmons and their time of Nat'l Guard service in Spain. That was was a wild year, and Louise and Faye both held down their households with young children. We mourn with you and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

With love,
Katy (Wynne) & Susan (Wynne Thomas)

Lois Rabon Sightler

May 18, 2020

Dear Faye and Family,

My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Harold. May you find comfort in knowing others care and are praying for you and your loved ones.

Love and Blessings,
Lois Rabon Sightler

Eleanor Ivey Gay

May 17, 2020

Dear Mrs Simmons, Michael and Johnny, I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, and forever in my fondest childhood memories.

Love,
Eleanor

Ben Killian

May 14, 2020

John, Yesterday, Larry notified me of the passing of your father on Tuesday. I realize he lived a long, active, and fullfilled life, but it is always sad when our parents pass. I just wanted to express my and Linda's condolences to you and other family members. I remember your dad, and mom, from your high school baseball days, as being such kind people and they were staunch supporters of you, me, and the B-C baseball program. I particularly remember your parents as being the kind of "non-interferring" ones that us coaches appreciate. They loved their baseball and they loved you. Our best personal regards, Ben and Linda Killian

Grady and Lynn Slice

May 14, 2020

Faye, we are so sorry to read of Harold’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Henry Philip Vige

May 13, 2020

I wanted to extend my sincere condolences to the William Simmons Family. I did not personally know William but I have been friends with his son Michael for many years.

I will keep everyone in my daily prayers at this difficult time.

Sidney Riggs

May 13, 2020

I knew Mr. Simmons through his son John. From the perspective of a retired army officer, I state with certainty that Mr. Simmons was the consummate patriot's patriot. He loved his country, and he loved his state, both of which he served for many years in the SC Air National Guard. He treasured Mrs. Simmons and their family. Our Lord has a new heavenly warrior to serve Him.

Jerry Howard

May 12, 2020

Mary and I always enjoyed being with Harold and Faye. Harold and I shared many interests, including military and sports. He was a great guy and a real gentleman. We are greatly saddened by his loss.

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