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Thomas "Tom" Roger Simmons, Jr.

December 19, 1928 - April 27, 2018

Thomas Roger Simmons, Jr., 89, passed away April 27, 2018 in Columbus, Texas. He was born December 19, 1928 in Rosedale, Mississippi to Thomas R. Simmons and Ruby Pearson Simmons. His early years of growing up in the Mississippi Delta remained dear to him his entire life. He received both a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and a Master of Science degree in Biology from Mississippi State University.

Tom served in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War Veteran. Starting in1955, he worked ten years for Humble Oil and Refining Company in Tyler, before changing careers to teaching and ranching. He taught at Tyler Junior College and along with his wife, Patty, raised cattle in East Texas. In 1999, they moved to Columbus, Texas and enjoyed many years being close to family and making new friends. Tom was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, story-teller and a faithful member of Glidden Baptist Church.

Tom is survived by his wife, Patty Prestwood Simmons; his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Scott Mattingly of Columbus, Texas and his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas "Tom" Roger Simmons III and Francine of Stockton, California. Tom, known as Pawpa, is also survived by eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ann Simmons McKay.

A celebration of his life will be held at Glidden Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 1st at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in Tyler, Texas at Cathedral Pines. Memorials may be given to Texas Baptist Men (5351 Cantron Dr. Dallas, Texas 75227), Glidden Baptist Church (209 8th St. Glidden, Texas 78943) or the charity of your choice.


Thomas "Tom" Roger Simmons, Jr.
December 19, 1928 - April 27, 2018



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