James Edward Simmons

james simmons

March 22, 1923 ~ September 3, 2021

Born in: Erwin, TN
Resided in: Candler, NC

James Edward Simmons, 98, died Friday, September 3, 2021 at the CarePartners Solace Center.

Born in Erwin, TN, Mr. Simmons was the son of the late Nick and Florence Westall Simmons. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Hall Simmons, son Robert Edward Simmons, and nine brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his son, Thomas Jerry Simmons; daughter-in-law, Joyce Cope Simmons, two grandchildren, Jason (Melinda) Simmons and Breanne (Ben) Nunley; three great-grandchildren, Blue, Highland and Coast Simmons, and his brother, Grady (Debbie) Simmons of Erwin, TN.

A graduate of Candler High School, Mr. Simmons served in the pacific Theatre with the US Army during WW II. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad after working for 33 years as a brakeman and then conductor.

He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter all his life. He could be found fishing, hunting deer, bear, turkey or his beloved grouse at any opportunity.

A graveside service for family and close friends will be conducted by the Revs. Mary Caldwell and Ben Nunley at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Pisgah View Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daily Bread Program, Hominy Baptist Church, 135 Candler School Road, Candler, NC 28715.


Graveside Service: September 7, 2021 10:00 am

Pisgah View Memorial Park
1529 Smoky Park Highway
Candler, NC 28715


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He sure lived a long & full life. He is celebrating in heaven with all those that went before him. Prayers of comfort for the family. 🙏 Pete & Sherry Rauschenplat

  2. So sorry for the family. Jim and my Daddy (Melvin Hyatt) were good friends ever since I can remember. They were hunting buddies for life. So now I guess they’re at the big hunt in the sky together. RIP Jim

  3. I have fond memories of Jim, he would always stop by and talk awhile on his way up to Grassy to hunt. Also, we’d go each year to his green patch, which in my mind seemed to cover an acre. He and Alma were great people.

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