David Prentice Simmons, 73, of St. Louis, formerly of the Dixie community, died March 4, 2012, at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with Dr. Cecil Sewell officiating. Burial will follow in Cane Creek Cemetery in Weakley County. The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.
The family requests that memorials be made to University of Tennessee at Martin Student Aid Foundation or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
He was born May 30, 1938, son of the late Dewey and LaVerne (Brown) Simmons. He attended the former Dixie High School and graduated from the former Martin High School in 1956. He played football and other sports there. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and had owned and operated his own vending business. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who was stationed in San Diego, where he trained as a medic.
He attended Tower Grove Baptist Church in St. Louis, but remained a member of Bethel Baptist Church near Troy, and was a member of the Masonic order.
He is survived by his sister, Grace R. Prince of Nashville; his brother, Paul D. Simmons of Louisville, Ky.; three nieces and the spouse of one, Deborah Williams of Martin, Mari and David Stidham of Prairie du Sac, Wisc., and Catherine Simmons of Lexington, Ky.; two nephews and the spouse of one, Brent and Connie Simmons and Brian Simmons, all of Louisville; two great-nephews, Jack Stidham and Jacob Stidham, both of Wisconsin; and his great-niece and her spouse, Rachel and Caleb Fortson of Newport News, Va.