John Mell “Possum” Simmons, 84, husband of 66 years to Polly Ruth Simmons, died Monday, May 11, 2020.

Born in Madison County he was the son of the late Hollis Eugene Simmons and Lucy Dean Simmons and father to the late John Mell Simmons, Jr. John retired as an inspector from Transcontinental Pipeline after 29 years and also retired from Williams Pipeline after 15 years.

Survivors in addition to his wife, include four children, Gwen Simmons Marlow, Martha Christine “Tina” Simmons, Michael Eugene Simmons and Timothy Grant Simmons; sister, Mary Dilbeck; three grandchildren, Andrew Jackson Marlow, Jackie Nunn, Nicole Nunn and John Mell Simmons III; and six great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held at Danielsville Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Simmon's family wanted to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this time.

Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, 963 Hwy. 98 East, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.

Published by MainStreet Newspapers, Inc.

Week of May 17-23

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