Willie James Simmons, 81, passed away Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC. He was born August 2, 1938 in Dorchester, SC to the late John Thomas and Mollie Ray.
Willie worked as a longshoreman for Cilco Terminal in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was a member of Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter, Doreen Thomas and sister, Linda Short.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 41 years, Pearley Simmons; son, Jeffrey Roscoe of Bridgeport, CT; daughter, Kathy Carter (Gerard) of New Orleans, LA; stepson, Johnny Norris of Asheville, NC; stepdaughters, LaKeisha Whitener and Donna Brown (Curtis) of Asheville, NC; sister, Gloria Ross of Dorchester, SC; 19 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; godson, Alvin Donald; goddaughters, Toshiba Beck and Rashida Johnson; and a host of other relatives and friends.