October 22, 1958 ~ June 18, 2020

Born in: Virginia,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Larry Eugene Simmons, 61, of Asheville, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Mission Hospital.

A native of Virginia, Larry was a son of the late Kenneth Lee Simmons and Barbara Ryder Simmons.

Larry spent his career with Ingle’s Stores as a truck driver. He was baptized at New Morgan Hill Baptist Church. He enjoyed flying model airplanes, was a train enthusiast, and could fix anything. He had planned to open “Big Larry’s Small Engine Repair Shop.”

Surviving are his wife, Rebecca Blankenship Simmons; son, Vincent Edward Simmons; daughters, Laurabeth Hunter and husband Darin, and Emily Kristen Murray and husband Chris; grandchildren, Kaitlin Elizabeth Simmons, Katherine Olivia Hunter, Lona Ovelle Simmons, Addison Isabella Hunter, Ellory Cadence Murray, Davis Cale Hunter, and Adyline Grace Murray; sisters, Tammy Lowe and husband Ken, Jennifer Duncan and husband Alan, and Dreama Rahimipour and husband Ahmad; brother, Lee Simmons and fiancé Lynn; beloved aunts, Darlene, Linda, Barbara, Jean and Patricia; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Simmons will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Greg Pippin officiating. Interment will follow at New Salem Cemetery Annex. Pallbearers will be Vincent Simmons, Chris Murray, Kelly Hart, Michael Letterman, Darin Hunter, and Ed Launer.

Masks are required at the service, and recommended at the cemetery.


Funeral Service: June 22, 2020 11:00 am

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


Burial: June 22, 2020 12:00 pm

New Salem Cemetery
Rathfarnham Road
Skyland, NC 28776


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  1. Was saddened Saturday morning to c a memo posted that our fellow driver/co worker had taken his flight to b with Jesus…. will miss u “Grumpy”….

  2. Was saddened Saturday morning to c a memo posted that our fellow driver/co worker had taken his flight to b with Jesus…. will miss u

  3. Laura,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet dad. I pray The Lord grants you the peace and comfort you need today and the days ahead.
    My sincere heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
    I love you.
    Becky Ballard

  4. Laura, Darin and kids we are so sorry to hear about your dad, father n law and grandfather. We are praying for you all through this difficult time. We love you the Bartletts and Briggs.

  5. Laura so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May God bless and give peace and comfort to you and your family in this time of grief. We send our love to you all.
    Darrel, Heather and Ryan.

  6. Rebecca and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers, may God wrap his loving arms around each and everyone of you.


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