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John Wayne Simmons

SoVaNow.com / April 23, 2013
John Wayne Simmons, 53, of 128 Forest Lawn Drinve passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Danville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Simmons was born in Washington, DC Feb. 20, 1960 to Matthew Simmons Sr. and Bessie Baskerville Simmons. He attended the schools of Mecklenburg County, and was a 1978 graduate of Clifford J. Scott High School, East Orange, N.J.,. He attended Right Touch Christian Church, Danville, and was employed by Noma Business Improvement until his health began to decline.

Cherishing his memories are his mother, Bessie B. Simmons of Danville, four sisters, Audrey G. Simmons of Danville, Beverly A. Simmons of Greensboro, N.C., Carolyn S Foster (Rudy) of Pelham, N.C., and Ardell Simmons of Gaithersburg, Md., one brother, Matthew J. Simmons Jr. (Lisa) of Salisbury, N.C., six aunts, one uncle, special friend, Willie and a vast number of other loving relatives and caring friends.

A funeral was held Friday, April 19, at Right Touch Christian Church, 513 Worsham St. with Rev. Floyd Stanfield officiating. Burial followed in Highland Burial Park.

Arrangements are by C.H. Harris Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.harrisfhc.com

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