Tom Simmons

Published 2:02 pm Friday, October 28, 2022

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Services for Tom Simmons, 78, of Vidalia, who died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in Marrero, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Laird Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Phillip Watts officiating.

Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Laird Funeral Home.

Mr. Simmons was born March 4, 1944, in Bogalusa, the son of McLain Simmons and Elizabeth Adams Simmons.

Mr. Simmons was a retired millwright of 30-plus years with Natchez International Paper Company. He was well known by friends and neighbors by his daily bike rides, and of recent his adventurous walks with his four-legged buddy, Velma.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Gloria Ann Simmons; sister, Emily Penny; and his parents.

Survivors include daughters, Tana Ferrington and Liz Rogillo and husband Bert; grandchildren, Ashley McFall and husband Marcus, Katie Watts and husband Phillip, Laura Perrin and husband Kenny, and Holden Ferrington; one sister, Mary Beth Williams; great-grandchildren, Emma and Ryder Windham, Addison and Benton Cross, Tanner and Maddox Nolan, and Camilla Roark; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jane Wadlington, and Ray and Patty Freeman.

Pallbearers will be Bert Rogillio, Lenny Arnold, Holden Ferrington, Kenny Perrin, Benton Cros, Tanner Nolan, Ryder Windham and Ray Freeman. The honorary pallbearer will be George Adams.

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