Bill O. Simmons June 23, 1923 ~ Nov. 12, 2012
November 13, 2012, 9:10 am by Staff Reports
He married Bernice "Bobbie” Peters Simmons in Ada, Oklahoma on October 24, 1943, and they were married for 69 years.
Simmons answered his country’s call to arms during World War II as an officer of the 9th Air Force, and he joined the reserves in 1946, was recalled to active duty where he served as Provost Marshall at Perrin Air Force Base in Sherman, Texas from 1951 to 1953. He began is career with the Texas Department of Public Safety in 1947.
The couple lived in Austin, Gainesville and Corsicana before moving to Midland in 1956 where he began a career in the oil industry as the owner of Simco Hydrocarbon Well Logging. Then later moved to Llano County, Texas in 1990. He served his fellow citizens as a Llano County Commissioner, Chairman of the Llano County Republican Party and was Church Council President of St. Charles Baromero Catholic Church in Kingsland. Simmons served on the Telecommunication Infrastructure Fund Board under an appointment by Governor Rick Perry. Bill was an active member of the Llano County Republican Club, The Republican Party of Texas, and the B-26 Marauder Historical Society.
Simmons is survived by his wife Bobbie; sons Bill O. Simmons, Jr. and wife Pam of Midland, and Paul D. Simmons and wife Kandi of Sunrise Beach; granddaughter Ellen Hargrove of Tulsa, Okla.; and great-grandchildren Claire Elizabeth Hargrove, Benjamine Pyton Hargrove and Audrey Grace Hargrove.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Joe Hood Simmons, Howard Wylie Simmons, and Ralph Maurice Simmons; and sisters Eula Mae Hittson and Blanche Lee Howard.
Visitation was held on Monday, Nov. 26 at Putnam Funeral Home from 4 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 6 p.m. at the Funeral Home. A Mass will be at St. Charles Boromero Catholic Church in Kingsland on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Stanton, Texas on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m.
An online registry can be found at www.PutnamCares. com. Funeral arrangements made by Putnam Funeral Home 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, or 325.388.0008.
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