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MARION — Eugene “Gene” L. Simmons, 85, of Roebuck, South Carolina, husband of Lyda Pickett Simmons, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

Gene was born May 6, 1933, to the late Theron and Lela Goley Simmons.

He faithfully served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp and retired after 20 years of service.

Gene, a piddler, loved his girls and loved to hum and whistle.

He was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he had also served as a deacon.

In addition to his wife, Gene is survived by three daughters, Kathye Scriber (Charlie) of Ruston, Louisiana, Tracye Beacham (Billy) of Grandview, Texas, Kelli Wolfe (Scott) of Roebuck, South Carolina; and his brother, Theron Simmons Jr., of Oswego.

He was blessed with 11 grandchildren, Ben Shy, Jacob Shy, Mallory Linck, Chris Van Hoy, Jonathan Van Hoy, Billy Beacham III, Brooke Smallbone, Jordan Beacham, Chase Wolfe, Carson Wolfe, Cooper Wolfe; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Van Hoy.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina. A memorial service will immediately follow at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spartanburg Alzheimer’s Association; 901 S. Pine St., Spartanburg, SC 29302.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.jmdunbar.com

Dunbar Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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