Whitten Monelison Chapel

3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA


Ronald William Simms

July 31, 1948August 2, 2019

Ronald William Simms, 71, of Madison Heights passed away Friday, August 2, 2019, at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the husband of Gail Griffith Simms. Born July 31, 1948, Lynchburg, he was the son of the late Frank Eugene Simms and the late Louise Campbell Simms.

Ronald was a retired inspector for 41 ½ years at the Lynchburg Foundry/Archer Creek. He was also a member of Christ Community Church, where he served as an associate pastor.

In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by his twin brother, Donnie Frank Simms; brother, Wayne Simms; and sister-in-law, Kathy Simms.

In addition to his wife, Ronald is survived by his son, David Simms of Madison Heights; two grandchildren, Madison Kate Simms and Dylan chase Simms; and other loving family members and friends.

A memorial service will be conducted 6:00 p.m., Friday, August 9, 2019, at Christ Community Church-2209 South Amherst Highway, Amherst, VA 24521 with Pastor Glen Shelton and the Rev. Paul Campbell officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 5-6 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Community Church-P.O. Box 63, Madison Heights, VA 24572; American Cancer Society; or a charity of one’s choice.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittenmonelison.com.

Whitten Monelison Chapel is serving the family, (434) 929-5712.


  • Frank Eugene Simms, Father (deceased)
  • Louise Campbell Simms, Mother (deceased)
  • Donnie Frank Simms, Twin Brother (deceased)
  • Wayne Simms, Brother (deceased)
  • Kathy Simms, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Gail Griffith Simms, Wife
  • David Simms, Son
  • Madison Kate Simms, Granddaughter
  • Dylan Chase Simms, Grandson
  • Ronald is also survived by other loving family members and friends.

  • Christ Community Church
  • American Cancer Society
  • Charity of One's Choice


  • Visitation Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 9, 2019


Ronald William Simms

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Cabin Campbell

August 9, 2019

This is a sad day indeed-my prayers are for Ronnie's family. Ronnie was a wonderful man that I have warm memories of -he will be greatly missed!

Gail Midkiff

August 9, 2019

You might not remember me. I was coordinator of Hospice of the Hills back in the 1980's and you were one of the hardest working and most supportive volunteers. I want to express my sympathy for the death of your husband, Ronald. During your days as a hospice volunteer, you helped a lot of hurting and grieving people and I hope you will feel that same sense of support from those around you.
Gail Midkiff RN

Susan and Ricky Jones

August 8, 2019

Gail and family, our prayers are with you all and we know the Lord will give you His peace and strength. Ronnie was a fine Christian man. We always enjoyed talking to you two at Dudley's and sharing a laugh. You were a loving couple, we know good memories will sustain you as we rejoice that Ronnie is healed and reigning with his Lord.

Kristy Burks

August 8, 2019

Ronnie worked with my daddy, William Campbell at the foundry. I know they hunted a few times and talked when dad came into Walmart. When my dad passed away Ronnie came to the funeral and was always so sweet and kind to me and my daughter. He will be missed. God bless you and your family through this time.

Dale & Rene Provencher

August 7, 2019

David - Our hearts are broken for you and your family as we know how much you loved your dad. Take care.

Rhonda Helm

August 7, 2019

Gail& David: Sorry to here of the passing of Ronnie. We had nice conversations and a few laughs when he would come visit you while you were working at Kroger Madison Heights. I just talked to you guys at Guggenheimers back in February .

Steve Tyree

August 7, 2019

May God bless his family with His arms of comfort and strength! I will miss Ronnie. He always had an encouraging and positive word. I rejoice that now his faith is in sight! "Well done good and faithful servant.!

Taryn Thomas

August 7, 2019

Gail and David, Please know you are in my prayers.

Bonnie Mayberry

August 6, 2019

Gail and David I am so very sorry for the loss of this sweet man. I know this is a tremendous loss for your family and I will keep you in my prayers.

Paul Humphrey

August 6, 2019

Worked with Ronnie at Walmart. He will be missed. The world lost a good man!!