MITCHELL George Raymond Simons, 82, Mitchell, formerly of Georgetown, Illinois, passed away at 6:25 a.m. Thursday, March 2, at Dunn Memorial Hospital.
Born August 12, 1923, in Henderson, Kentucky, he was the son of William Henry and Katie P. (Hardin) Simons. He married Wanda Lee Cowell October 13, 1945.
He retired from Tee-Pak in Danville, Illinois, and his hobbies included fishing, hunting, gardening, following St. Louis Cardinals baseball and University of Illinois basketball.
He was a U. S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, and received three Bronze Service Stars and Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters. He was a member of the Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and a lifetime member of the Danville, Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was a member of the Mitchell First Baptist Church, and the Masonic Lodge in Georgetown, Illinois.
Surviving: wife, Wanda Lee Simons, Mitchell
son, George Raymond Simons II and his wife, Sharon, Mitchell
daughter, Caroline Dell McShane and her husband, Jim, Scottsdale, Arizona
brother, Harold E. Simons, Henderson, Kentucky
sister, Wanda L. Watkins, Henderson, Kentucky
grandchildren, Chad Cord, Shannon Wood, Jessica Kearsey, and
George Raymond Simons III
9 great grandchildren
His parents and brother, Willis Almon Simons, preceded him in death.
Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 5, in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Graham officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded by Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.
Friends may call from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Chastain Funeral Home and from 1:00 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the church.
Casketbearers: Dwight Compton, Buddy Bolton, Skip Mathews, Dennis Gerkin, Ralph Erwin, and Fay Russell.
Memorial Gifts: First Baptist Church Deacons Fund