Melvin Simmons
July 2, 1932 -
December 14, 2018

Visitation

December 16, 2018
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Service 

December 16, 2018
2:00 PM

Interment

Obituary

Funeral service for Mr. Melvin H. Simmons, age 86, of Fayetteville, TN will be conducted Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Smith officiating. Burial will be beside his wife Katherine Kirkland Simmons in Kelso Cemetery.

Mr. Simmons was born July 2, 1932 to the late Homer Sanders and Eunice Walker Simmons. He was a Veteran of the Army, retired from NASA as a Facilities Engineer, was a past member of the Lions Club, Civitan Club and completed the Leadership Lincoln class. Mr. Simmons was a former Chairman of the Lincoln County election committee. He was a member of the Fayetteville Cumberland Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder.

Survivors include his daughters Sandie (Steve) Twitty of Fayetteville, TN. Kathy (Philip) Tygielski, of Huntsville, AL., 4 grandchildren Jacob (Stacey) Tygielski, Christina, Nicholas and Eric Tygieleski. In addition to his wife, Katherine and his parents, he was preceded in death by numerous siblings.

Visitation with the family will be Sunday December 16, 2018 from 12 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at PO Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 470, Fayetteville, TN. 37334. Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Melvin H. Simmons.

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15 Comments

  1. L. Susan Fife Stroup

    Kathy and Sandy, we are never old enough to lose a parent. Praying that wonderful memories comfort you as you make this journey.

    Reply
  2. Dennis and Marie Caldwell

    Sandy so sorry to hear of your father passing. He was such a sweet, gentle man. I will forever remember him as Santa at our Rotary Christmas party and will cherish the photo of him with Susan and me. Prayers for you. Marie

    Reply
  3. Joan B. Massey

    Sandy and Steve, so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad!! I enjoyed working with him on the Election board for many years . He will be missed. Joan B. Massey

    Reply
  4. bj

    My deepest condolences to the families of Melvin.John 3:16.

    Reply
  5. Nanette & Steve Taylor

    Sandy, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  6. Ray and Sue Cary Simmons

    Sandy and Kathy…Rayand I are so sad to hear of Melvin passing. I was always happy to see him when visiting my Mom at Southern Manor. I can imagine the reunion in Heaven with your parents. We love you all and many prayers.

    Reply
  7. Randy Delap

    So very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers. Randy and Andrea Delap

    Reply
  8. Bill Kay

    Sorry to hear of Mel’s passing. I enjoyed working with him many years at NASA. He was a good man and did his job well.

    Reply
  9. Gary Thompson

    Sandie & Steve, Kathy & Phillip and the grandchildren. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We will always have the fond memories of our friendship with Melvin and Katherine in the Craft Work. Love to all. Gary & Jo Ann

    Reply
  10. Jerry and Linda Mullins

    Sandy and Kathy: We’re so sorry to see that Melvin has passed away and We’re more than sorry to tell you that we will not be able to be there with you on Sunday. We are having our family Christmas this Sunday and due to time limitations for some of them, we just will not be able to even come by. I will always remember him asking if I was still working elections and am thankful that he persuaded me to do that. He was a good friend to Jerry and me as was your Mom. Again, we are so very sorry we can’t be there, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Hold your memories close in your heart. Hugs to you and your families.

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  11. Wanda Preston

    Sandy and Kathy and all the grandchildren, I know you will miss this gentle man but also know that you have a vast storehouse of sweet memories. Knowing he is again with the love of his life surely must be a comfort to you. Much love to all of you.

    Reply
  12. Gary Thompson

    Sandie & Steve, Kathy & Phillip, just know that each of you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jo Ann and Gary

    Reply
  13. Lynn Towry Brown

    So sorry to hear this Sandy, he will always be remembered as our Santa Clause at Mom’s ,prays sent to you and the family.

    Reply
  14. Peggy Towry

    Sandy, Kathy and families, cherish the memories. Thinking of all.

    Reply
  15. Billy & Cindy Langford, Frances Gibson, Vera Stewart

    A gentle giant-very talented man like your mother-reunited-praying for God’s comfort

    Reply

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Memories

15 Comments

  1. L. Susan Fife Stroup

    Kathy and Sandy, we are never old enough to lose a parent. Praying that wonderful memories comfort you as you make this journey.

    Reply
  2. Dennis and Marie Caldwell

    Sandy so sorry to hear of your father passing. He was such a sweet, gentle man. I will forever remember him as Santa at our Rotary Christmas party and will cherish the photo of him with Susan and me. Prayers for you. Marie

    Reply
  3. Joan B. Massey

    Sandy and Steve, so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad!! I enjoyed working with him on the Election board for many years . He will be missed. Joan B. Massey

    Reply
  4. bj

    My deepest condolences to the families of Melvin.John 3:16.

    Reply
  5. Nanette & Steve Taylor

    Sandy, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  6. Ray and Sue Cary Simmons

    Sandy and Kathy…Rayand I are so sad to hear of Melvin passing. I was always happy to see him when visiting my Mom at Southern Manor. I can imagine the reunion in Heaven with your parents. We love you all and many prayers.

    Reply
  7. Randy Delap

    So very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers. Randy and Andrea Delap

    Reply
  8. Bill Kay

    Sorry to hear of Mel’s passing. I enjoyed working with him many years at NASA. He was a good man and did his job well.

    Reply
  9. Gary Thompson

    Sandie & Steve, Kathy & Phillip and the grandchildren. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We will always have the fond memories of our friendship with Melvin and Katherine in the Craft Work. Love to all. Gary & Jo Ann

    Reply
  10. Jerry and Linda Mullins

    Sandy and Kathy: We’re so sorry to see that Melvin has passed away and We’re more than sorry to tell you that we will not be able to be there with you on Sunday. We are having our family Christmas this Sunday and due to time limitations for some of them, we just will not be able to even come by. I will always remember him asking if I was still working elections and am thankful that he persuaded me to do that. He was a good friend to Jerry and me as was your Mom. Again, we are so very sorry we can’t be there, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Hold your memories close in your heart. Hugs to you and your families.

    Reply
  11. Wanda Preston

    Sandy and Kathy and all the grandchildren, I know you will miss this gentle man but also know that you have a vast storehouse of sweet memories. Knowing he is again with the love of his life surely must be a comfort to you. Much love to all of you.

    Reply
  12. Gary Thompson

    Sandie & Steve, Kathy & Phillip, just know that each of you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jo Ann and Gary

    Reply
  13. Lynn Towry Brown

    So sorry to hear this Sandy, he will always be remembered as our Santa Clause at Mom’s ,prays sent to you and the family.

    Reply
  14. Peggy Towry

    Sandy, Kathy and families, cherish the memories. Thinking of all.

    Reply
  15. Billy & Cindy Langford, Frances Gibson, Vera Stewart

    A gentle giant-very talented man like your mother-reunited-praying for God’s comfort

    Reply

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