Simmons, John Ray

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John Ray Simmons, 77, of Christiansburg, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at Montgomery Regional Hospital. He was born in Montgomery County, Va. on March 2, 1930, to the late Lertie and Minnie Dobbins Simmons. John was an avid outdoorsman and gardener.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Alice Simmons of Christiansburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Janice S. “Diane” and Jimmy Caldwell of Christiansburg; brothers and sister-in-law, Walter and Beatrice Simmons of Riner; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Sarver of Christiansburg, Nancy and Dewey Epperly of Christiansburg; a granddaughter, Michelle Caldwell of Christiansburg; and several nephews and nieces.

A special thank you to Dr. Aaron Prussin, Dr. Harry McCoy, Dr. Lucian Robinson, and Nurse Sharon Cox for all their special care and attention during John’s illness.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, June 1, 2007 at 2 p.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Dowdy officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery, Christiansburg. Friends may call anytime after 12 noon Thursday and the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Dr., Blacksburg.