James Lee Simmons
April 4, 1931 – October 5, 2021
James L Simmons, 90, Williamsburg, left his earthly body on the morning of Tuesday, October 5, 2021, joining his youngest son, Stephan, to be with their Heavenly Father.
Born in South Dakota, and an Air Force veteran, he would come to settle in Williamsburg after being stationed at Langley Field. It was here that he would build his life with his beloved wife and their three children, establishing and running his well-drilling business of many decades.
James, known to family and friends simply as Jim or Jimmy, loved tinkering with and fixing things, enjoying the outdoors every moment he could. He loved to stay informed, and was always a fan of the TV show, M*A*S*H*. He loved his coffee and cigarettes, as well as having his 5 o’clock beer with friends.
He was adored by everyone who knew him, his sly sense of humor never leaving him and always leaving everyone with a smile. Jim(my) loved looking at the stars and maps, and was always one to travel the back roads whilst keeping a keen eye on the weather.
Children naturally gravitated towards him and his sly smile was always lit up with just the right touch of ornery fun.
He loved making something out of nothing, and was always deeply devoted to his family.
Jim(my) was preceded in death by his father and mother, Joe and Frances (Gaza) Simmons; his brothers, Duane and Donald; his sister, Ilene; and his beloved son, Stephan L Simmons.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Marlene Lantz Simmons, his son Michael Simmons (Nancy), and daughter, D’Onna Simmons. He is also survived by his grandchildren Heather Manalo (Jeremy) and Jake Bynum. Additional survivors include his great-grandchildren, Heather’s twins, Eli and Asher Manalo; his brother, Clifford Simmons; sister, Joan (Simmons) Thorson; and in addition to numerous nieces and nephews and various other relatives and in-laws.
Services will be held Tuesday, October 12th, 2021, at 1:30PM at King of Glory Memorial Garden, 4897 Long Hill Road, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23188.
A fellowship will follow the service.
Interment will be in the Memorial Garden at King of Glory Lutheran Church.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.NelsenWilliamsburg.com for the Simmons family.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
James Lee Simmons
October 19, 2021
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
RHODA LEE WILSON
October 8, 2021
OUR FRIENDSHIP GOES WAY BACK AND HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE AND LOVED TO TEASE! WE SHARED MANY A LUNCH AND DINNER FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS. MARLENE AND JIMMY LOVED TO ENTERTAIN, WHETHER IT BE A BIRTHDAY, HOLIDAY OR JUST TO HAVE FRIENDS IN. I SEND LOVE AND PRAYERS TO MARLENE, D'ONNA AND JAKE, MICHAEL AND HIS FAMILY. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.
October 7, 2021
JAMES YOU WILL BE MISSED DEARLY BY YOUR ONE AND ONLY LITTLE CHICKADEE. HE WAS QUITE THE GENTLEMAN ALWAYS HAVING MY CHAIR READY WHEN I TOLD HIM I WOULD COME CHAT WITH HIM IN THE GARAGE AFTER I FINISHED DOING WHAT MARLENE NEEDED ME TO DO. RIP MY FRIEND FROM LITTLE CHICKADEE.
October 7, 2021
Every time Uncle Jimmy came to South Dakota was an event. He'd have the bed in the back of his pickup, we'd go to the Badlands, or United Airlines would lose his pants. Every time I went to Virginia, Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Marlene treated us not like a niece or nephew, but their own child. And, the COFFEE! And unfiltered cigarettes! Uncle Jimmy was a walking, talking Jazz Standard, and his "allright" catchphrase was definitely South of South Dakota. Getting to know Stephan's friends was a blessing. Getting to know Marlene's sisters & their sharp wit...another event! Being at his bedside this past weekend, I felt I couldn't give back as much as he gave me. I hope he knows I tried, but they just weren't letting me bring cigarettes into that hospital, Allright? I just love you all so much, and am heartbroken that this was our last event.