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“Jimmy, So sorry to hear of your father's passing. I am out of town so I apologize for not attending the service. My sincere condolences to all of the...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Mary Ann Rollans - Russellville, AR

“Jimmy, So sorry to hear of your father's passing. I am out of town so I apologize for not attending the service. My sincere condolences to all of the...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Mary Ann Rollans - Russellville

“I always enjoyed seeing Cleo and Nadine at the City Mall where they visited with friends. It was a nice reminder of high school days when Rick and...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Sheila (Franks) Phillips - AR

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4 of 6 | Posted by: Jerry Hefley - Russellville, AR

“Mickey is my sister's father-in-law but, when our Mother was dying Mickey's son Rick and My sister were stationed in Germany, he stepped in to fill...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Teri Buchanan - Family

“My condolences to Cleo Simmons' family. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Victoria Baker - Sahuarita, AZ

Cleo "Mickey" Simmons, age 91, of Russellville, died Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Stella Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on January 4, 1925 to William Otis and Nora Blanche Simmons in Lonoke County, Arkansas.

He graduated from Beebe High School in 1942. He worked as a truck driver at Pine Bluff Arsenal until he was old enough to report for Army basic training in New Orleans. He was briefly stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, where he ran mail out at night to the ships gathering for the D-Day invasion, prior to being shipped to the Pacific during WWII. In June 1944, he departed Oakland, California on a troop ship to New Guinea, which took 38 days because the ship had to turn back to California twice due to the failure of one of the boilers.

On March 31, 1946, six days after returning home from WWII, he married Nadine D. Hicks, his high school sweetheart. They were married 64 years and had three sons. Cleo retired from the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company after 32 years and was a Master Mason. He was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in North Little Rock, and in December 1956 became an active member of the First Baptist Church of Russellville, when he moved the family to Russellville. He served as a deacon, taught Sunday School, and later worked with the children's AWANA program for many years. He served as a leader with the Boy Scouts, Royal Ambassadors, board member of the Russellville Housing Authority, Pope County Bookmobile volunteer, and was Commissioner of the Little League. He also served as the Chairman for the Pope County Poultry Festival Junior Chamber of Commerce officer, and was the first President of the Russellville Civitan Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Nadine.

Survivors include his three sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Ann Simmons of Russellville, Rick and Linda Simmons of Fort Worth, TX, and Phil and Becky Simmons of Bellingham, WA; ten grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the First Baptist Church, with Rev. Tom Walker, Rev. Stephen Davis, and Rev. Keith Shipley officiating. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. in Oak Grove Cemetery near Austin, Arkansas and under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5-6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Active pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Berean Senior Adult Sunday School Class and Deacons of the First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made First Baptist Church of Russellville 200 S Denver Ave, Russellville, AR 72801, or to Pope County Library 116 E 3rd St, Russellville, AR 72801.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.shinnfuneral.com.

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