Robert William Simmons, Jr., son of the late Robert William Simmons, Sr. and Mary Sena Sligh Simmons was born April 4, 1936 in Lexington, SC. He departed this life on Monday, November 4, 2019 in Hospice Care at the WJ Dorn VA Hospital in Columbia, SC.
Robert attended Lexington County Public Schools where he graduated from Lexington Rosenwald High School in 1952. He attended Allen University in Columbia, SC for one year. Robert went on to honorably serve in the United States Air Force from 1953-1957.
Robert was united in marriage to Annie Lee Summers in 1960 and to this union they were blessed with five children.
Robert was employed by the Columbia Housing Authority as a painter until he became disabled in 1974.
Robert joined New Bethel AME Church at an early age. He later joined Spring Hill AME Church where he accepted Christ as his Savior in the early 1980s.
In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by one sister, Rose Mary Jones, one stepson, Antonio Summers, and one granddaughter Yukia "Simmons" Gibson.
Left to cherish the precious memories of Mr. Robert William Simmons, Jr. are his loving, caring, and devoted wife of 59 years, Ann; one daughter, Deidre (Frank) Simmons Dunlap of Hopkins, SC; four sons, Ronald (Brenda) Simmons of Lexington, SC, Robert William Simmons, III of Irmo, SC, Phelix (Theresa) Simmons of Las Vegas, NV, and Patrick (Yolanda) Simmons of Newport News, VA; one sister, Jennie (Bennett Morris) Simpkins of Lexington, SC; one brother, Dalbert Simmons of Columbia, SC; two sisters-in-law, Mary Black of Lexington, SC, and Elease Jones of Columbia, SC; one brother-in-law, Willie James Hendrix of San Diego, CA; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, a special friend of the family, Shirline Best; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will miss Robert dearly.
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