MADISON - James Simmons, Jr., 77, died Saturday, January 17, 2009.
A native of Fairmount, he was a son of the late Mary McCallum and James Thomas Simmons, Sr., and was preceded in death by a brother, Maurice Simmons.
In 1961, he began working at Athens Seed Company and continued until 1978, at which time he became co-owner. Until the time of his death, Mr. Simmons continued to work at Athens Seed Lawn and Garden in Watkinsville. He proudly served his country in the United States Army.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Simmons; children, Heather Simmons, Greshamville, James Thomas Simmons, III and wife, Carol, Carlton; brother, John Simmons, Commerce,; sister, Esther Ruth Simmons, Smyrna; grandson, James Thomas Simmons, IV; great-grandson, James Thomas Simmons, V; and longtime business partner, James Willis.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 19, at the chapel of Lord and Stephens, WEST, with the Rev. Wayne Powers and Dr. Sammy Simmons officiating. Burial will be private. Employees of Athens Seed Company served as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.
Memorials contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice or Georgia Seedsman Association.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, WEST, Bogart, was in charge of arrangements.