|Birth: ||Oct. 3, 1882|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 1955|
Funeral services for Albert Daniel Simmons, Sr. were conducted Monday afternoon at 3 from the chapel of Calvert Funeral Home with burial in Greenwood Cemetery here. The well-known and beloved building contractor died in his sleep at his East Main Street home at 4 o'clock Sunday morning.
Mr. Simmons had known of his heart condition for more than a year but preferred to stay "on the job" rather than submit to confining periods of rest. Family and friends realized that his happiness was dependent upon his continued active participation in the affairs of the West Point Manufacturing Company. A co-owner of the firm, he had been associated with it since 1916. He was, in fact, at work Saturday morning supervising the remodeling of a Main Street retail store front.
He was survived by his wife; one daughter, Miss Dorothy Simmons of West Point; two sons, Albert Simmons, Jr., also of West Point, and Lt. William Donald Simmons, stationed in Oklahoma City.
Mr. Simmons' pastor, Rev. Clifton Perkins, officiated at the Monday afternoon services, with Rev. Glenn Miller assisting. Music was rendered by a Rotary Club quartet composed of Olen Byars, Jack Cottrell, R. C. Carothers, and Earl Clark. Mrs. Randolph Millard accompanied at the piano.
Mr. Simmons was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church, a member of its board of deacons, chairman of its ushers, a member of its building and properties committee, and a former chairman of its board of deacons. He was also a charter member of the West Point Rotary Club and last year received an award for 30 years of perfect attendance. He was also a Mason.
In addition, he was a former president of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and chairman of its industrial committee when Swift & Company announced its decision to locate in West Point.
Mr. Simmons was brought to West Point from Ripley in 1916 by the West Point Manufacturing Company to build the first annex of the First Baptist Church. The annex, which now appears to be part of the original building, formed the crossarm of the T-shaped structure.
It was in 1918 that he married the former Miss Maylene Boyd of Houlka. At the time, Mrs. Simmons was teaching in the West Point school system. They have made their home here continuously since that time.
Devoted to his building profession, Mr. Simmons was the contractor for many of West Point's most prominent buildings. He built the First Methodist Church, the annex of the First Baptist Church, and Calvary Baptist Church. He was employed as the supervising architect for the new First Presbyterian Church, the high school building and the two elementary schools.
When the Rotary Club decided to build a municipal swimming pool, Mr. Simmons made the greatest contribution by devoting his full time to the construction of the popular recreational center. He personally supervised the construction of hundreds of West Point homes, and through the years has had a part in remodeling practically every retail store front in the city.
Pallbearers included Emmett Ruble, Hugh Harris, Ed Seitz Sr., Abe White, Andre Clemandot, T. J. Tubb, Frank Campbell, and James Blankenship.
William Beauregard Simmons (1859 - 1923)
Lydia Amanda Sanders Simmons (1859 - 1928)
Maylene Boyd Simmons (1891 - 1981)
Albert Daniel Simmons (1927 - 1969)*
Created by: Rick Bryant
Record added: May 20, 2010
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