Dean David Simmons, 70, of Hendersonville, NC, died Monday February 23, 2009 at Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC. He was born December 26, 1938 in Walterboro, SC, and was the son of the late Theodore and Dorothy Simmons, and Hazel and Esdorn Craven. A son, Howard Dale Simmons, and brother, C.E. Craven, Jr. also preceded him in death. He was a member of the Salvation Army in Hendersonville, NC, and rang the bells faithfully for many years. He worked for the U.S. Post office for several years, and managed a family business before moving to Hendersonville, NC in the early 1980ís when he began a career as a painter.
Survivors include four children, Dianne Matlock and her husband Ron, Marcia Shealy and her husband Steve, David Simmons and his wife Lavenia, Kristy Egan and her husband John; a sister, Margie Craven Duncan; his partner Marilyn Jerome; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the Salvation Army Chapel in Hendersonville, NC. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, PO Box 2387, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Guests may sign a register book at www.forestlawnhendersonville.com.
Forest Lawn Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.