Thomas Phillip "Phil" Simmons (1935 - 2017)

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Thomas Phillip (Phil) Simmons, age 82, long-time resident of Pace, died December 26, 2017. He was born in Pensacola, FL, on February 3, 1935. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Horace Simmons, Sr., and Mable Claire Scott Simmons; his son, James W. Simmons; two brothers, Charles A. Simmons and Robert Earl Simmons; and two sisters, Ethel "Rusty" Harrison and Trudy Williams.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janice (Jan) Grubbs Simmons; two brothers, Mickey (Lisa) Simmons and James H. Simmons, Jr (Cheryl). Also surviving are two daughters, Sandra (Kel) Sirmon and Donna (Rudy) Connor, both of Cumming, GA; three granddaughters and one grandson; and nine great-grandchildren. He's also survived by a sister-in-law, Edna Simmons of Phenix City, AL; sister-in-law Betty (Errol) Presser of Baltimore, MD; brother-in-law Michael (Mary) Grubbs of San Bernardino, CA; brother-in-law Tom Williams of Pensacola; and sister-in-law, Lou (Oscar) Pittman of Pensacola.

Phillip was a retired Manager for BellSouth Telecommunications, working in both Milton and Pensacola. After retirement, he worked 9 years at Steelwood Golf Club in Loxley, AL. He and Jan loved traveling in their motorhome and traveled all over the United States as well as Canada and Alaska. He was an avid golfer and was a member of several local golf groups, with the latest one being the SandCrabs. In the early and mid-seventies, he built and raced stock cars at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola.

He had been a Mason and is a former member of Hadji Shrine Temple.

Phillip was a long-time and dedicated member of Scenic Hills Church of Christ in Pensacola.

His funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, and he is buried at Pensacola Memorial Gardens on Pine Forest Road.
Published in Santa Rosa Press Gazette from Jan. 22 to Feb. 21, 2018