H.F. ‘Shorty’ Simmons | 1926-2010

Published Sunday, December 5, 2010

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Funeral for H.F. “Shorty” Simmons, 84, of Jacksboro was Dec. 3 at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with Morris Freeman and Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial followed at New Harp Cemetery.

Simmons died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, in Jacksboro.

Born Nov. 18, 1926, in New Harp to Vernie and Iva Mae (Rice) Simmons, he served in the U.S. Army in Japan during World War II. He married Treva June Freeman Sept. 25, 1954, in Gainesville. They lived in Alvord from 1963 to 2002. Simmons was baptized in the summer of 1967 at Bethel Baptist Church in Audubon. He worked in the Fort Worth Stockyards for 22 years and retired from Trinity Industries in 1990 after 16 years of employment. For the last eight years, he lived in Jacksboro raising cattle and watching wildlife. Simmons played guitar and sang country and gospel music.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, seven sisters and two great-grandsons.

Simmons is survived by his wife; daughter Teresa Pate and husband, Fred, of Jacksboro; sons Cary Simmons and wife, Janet, of Alvord and Benny Simmons and wife, Trisha, of Jacksboro; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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