Harry Herbert "Growly"
Simmons - Boiling Spring Lakes
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
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.
& White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport