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Harry Herbert "Growly" Simmons - Boiling Spring Lakes

Harry Herbert "Growly" Simmons - Boiling Spring LakesMr. Harry Herbert “Growly” Simmons, 86, of Boiling Spring Lakes died Thursday, August 30, 2012 at his residence.

Mr. Simmons was born September 19, 1925 in Columbus County, son of the late “Captain Sandy” Alexander and Cornelia Autry Simmons. He served in the United States Coast Guard and worked as a commercial fisherman for many years. Mr. Simmons retired from Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal as a deck hand on the patrol and tug boat. He was the owner and operator of Simmons Drywall. He also retired from the NC Ferry Division. Mr. Simmons had the honor of being the first Chief of Police in Boiling Spring Lakes when it was incorporated as a town.

Besides his parents, Mr. Simmons was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence Simmons, Kenwood Varnum, Johnny Simmons, Rothwell Simmons; sisters, Ruth Watts, and Ada Mae Brown.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Salema Ivey Simmons of the home; a son Buddy Simmons of Ash, a daughter Harriett Wilson of Winnabow, a special niece Tina Meekins (Don) of Cape Hatteras; one brother, Murdock Simmons of Florida; 5 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and many other loved ones.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm, Monday, September 3, 2012 at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Service Chapel with Reverend Vernon D. Kelly officiating. Burial will follow in Northwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Service in Southport.

The family would like to thank Sandy Chandler for her care and support and the nurses of Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, Brunswick Center, Bolivia at 955 Mercy Drive, Bolivia, NC 28422.

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport


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