Herbert Eugene "Gene" Simmons

Born: Sat., Jan. 1, 1927
Died: Wed., Jan. 27, 2021


10:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 30, 2021
Location: Swainsboro City Cemetery

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 30, 2021
Location: Swainsboro City Cemetery

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors, announces the death of Mr. Herbert Eugene “Gene” Simmons, age 94 of Swainsboro, who passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, after a brief illness.

Graveside services will be conducted on Saturday, January 30, 202, at 11:00AM in the Swainsboro City Cemetery with Rev. Jim Harrell officiating, followed by Military Honors.

The family will receive friends, from 10:30 AM till time of the service, at the cemetery.

CDC social distancing guidelines will be observed and masks are encouraged for your safety and the health and well being of others.

Pallbearers will be Wes Simmons, Joe Howard, Trip Howard, Heath Simmons, Cody Collins, Joseph Howard, David Simmons, Craig Peebles and Henry Terwilliger.

Honorary Pallbearers will be his caregivers and CNA’s.

Mr. Simmons was born January 1, 1927 in Jacksonville, FL to the late Clayton Columbus “C. C.”  and Pauline Chance Simmons. Blundale, GA, is where Mr. Simmons grew up, and also where he met his beloved wife of 70 years, Greta Ellen Lumpkin Simmons.  After graduating from Swainsboro High School in 1949, Mr. Simmons joined the Coast Guard Merchant Marines and was assigned to the liberty ship, S.S. Louis A. Sengteller, traveling through the Philippine Islands, South Pacific Islands and Australia during WWII.  Mr. Simmons became a partner in Dolores & Woody’s Shops in 1953, hiring many local folks to work and learn the business during his 36 years at the store.  He was considered a mentor by many of his former employees.  He was a founding member of the Swainsboro Country Club and Golf Course and was an active member of the Jaycees for many years.  Mr. Gene’s retirement was filled with a new venture of cattle raising at his Double S Limousine Farm, he also enjoyed having a vegetable garden every year.  Mr. Gene was a big part of the Citizens Bank Coffee Club and Monday Morning Library Club, where he was a loyal attendee.  Affectionately known as Pa Gene, his favorite role and greatest joy was spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Mr. Gene was a member and faithfully attended the Swainsboro First Baptist Church and the Jimmy Morgan Sunday School Class.  He had a strong work ethic that kept him active throughout his life and it was well known that he lived every day to the fullest. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Greta Ellen Lumpkin Simmons and all six of his siblings.

Survivors Include:

Daughter: Gennie Simmons Wright (Noel) of Isle of Hope, GA

Sons: Clay Simmons (Sandi) of Birmingham, Al; Bill Simmons (Marcie) of Swainsboro, GA.

Grandchildren: Tripp Howard, Joe Howard, Wes Simmons, Jessica Simmons Collins, Heath Simmons, Rachel Simmons, Laura Simmons, David Simmons, Kelly Roper, and Megan Cobb.

Twenty-two great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Condolences may be submitted online at www.durden-hudsonfuneraldirectors.com

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Herbert Eugene “Gene” Simmons of Swainsboro, GA

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Kathy Wright
   Posted Thu January 28, 2021
Sincere condolences to the entire family.

Regina Lynch
   Posted Thu January 28, 2021

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Bradford Health Services.

Clay we are truly sorry for your loss. We would like to offer you and your family our deepest and most sincere condolences. Sincerely, Bradford Health Services

Bob & Carol Lumpkin
   Posted Thu January 28, 2021
Gennie, Bill & Marcie, Clay & Sandi and to all the Simmons family,
It is with a very saddened heart that we have learned of Genes passing. Gene was a wonderful man and holds a very, very special place in our hearts. We will never forget your precious Mom & Dad and all the beautiful memories they gave to our lives. Our deepest sympathy is extended to you all. Prayers of comfort for you and your families. You are dearly loved.
Bob & Carol Lumpkin

Keith Boulineau
   Posted Fri January 29, 2021
My sincerest condolences to all of you, Clay, Bill, and Gennie on the loss of your Dad, Mr. Gene was a wonderful man, husband, and father. He'll shine on forever.

Jeff and Cheryl Cannon
   Posted Fri January 29, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mr. Gene was a fine man and great friend. We so enjoyed getting to know him over the 20 years.

jeff bartoli
   Posted Fri January 29, 2021

Rainbow Reflections Basket was sent by Jeff Bartoli.

With deepest condolences from your friends at Centre Partners.

Ryan Hooker
   Posted Fri January 29, 2021

Rustic Cross was sent by Ellis Wood Contracting.

Lucas Thompson
   Posted Fri January 29, 2021
Uncle Gene, I will truly miss you. I remember and cherish all the times Papa (Buck Simmons) and I went fishing on your pond on the limousine farm. You and Aunt Greta have always showed me love and care. God rest your soul and enjoy eternal happiness with our lord Jesus. Amen

Your loving great-nephew, Lucas Thompson

Connie Woods
   Posted Fri January 29, 2021

Sweet Simplicity was sent by Connie Woods .

Clay, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Connie Woods and David Green

Laura and Bernie Farris, Pat Hipp
   Posted Fri January 29, 2021
Sending Love and prayers to you Gennie and Family. May God hold your hand through this week and beyond. We love you and our sympathies to you all.

Taz, Jill and Jackson Lumpkin
   Posted Sat January 30, 2021
Uncle Bill, Uncle Clay, Aunt Gennie, we offer our warmest, heart-felt condolences for your loss. Please accept our prayers of peace and healing for you and your families.