Obituary: William Thomas Simmons

William Thomas Simmons 
July 5, 1947 – June 15, 2022 

Graveside services for William Thomas “Tommy” Simmons, age 74 of Choudrant, LA, will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Fellowship Cemetery in Dubach, LA. Services will be under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston, LA. 

William was born July 5, 1947 to Maye Belle and Larry Simmons in Gurdon, AR, and he passed away June 15, 2022 in Ruston, LA. He was a naturally gifted artist and loved to paint and to draw landscapes, animals, and people. William retired from Ruston Housing Authority as a modernization supervisor. He liked to hunt and to fish, and he loved his grandchildren, which consisted of any kid willing to be a grandchild. If you needed something, William would give you his last dollar. William was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Melinda Arnold. 

William is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara Simmons of Choudrant, LA; two sons: Brad Simmons and wife, Deana, of Arkansas and Baretta Simmons of Choudrant, LA; daughter, Angela Simmons of Benton, AR; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Loretta and husband, Eddie Lockwood, of Monroe, LA; and a host of friends.