John and Pat Simmons of Sherwood are together for eternity. Pat was born June 27, 1946 in Black Fork, AR and passed away December 23, 2020. John was born September 16, 1947 in Munich, Germany and passed away March 15, 2021. They were married November 14, 1974.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Joel & Dorothy Simmons. Pat is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin & Maggie Ritchey. They are also preceded in death by their grand son, Cody Simmons.
They are survived by their daughter, Donya Simmons and son, Roger Simmons (Kara). Also survived by grandchildren, Josh (Kanitra), Amber (Mark) and Julia (Michael), Kadeyn & Laityn. Surviving great-grandchildren are Landon, Brooklynn, Adalynn, Jayden, Piper, Zane, Jacoby, Shawn and Elijah. John is also survived by his sisters, Helen, Ann and Joyce. Pat has one surviving sister, Betty.
John was a Sargent Major serving in the US Army and Army National Guard for 32 years. John’s service includes Vietnam Veteran, 18th Engineer Brigade, 153rd Infantry including the Cuban Refugee Crisis, Personnel Senior Sargent with the Office of the Adjutent General at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, AR. He was honorably discharged in 1995. After his retirement he worked for the VA hospital for 15 years. After retiring John spent his time working odd jobs, spending time with his grandchildren and walking his beloved dogs.
Pat graduated from Acorn High School and attended college from Southern Arkansas University with a degree in English Lit. She worked as a clerical specialist for more than 20 years. Pat obtained her private pilots license and spent time with the civil air patrol. She was the first female scout master in the Boy Scouts of America.
Pat and John spent many years together. They enjoyed camping, fishing, square dancing and bowling. They adored their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their dogs.
John and Pat’s life will be celebrated at a later date with a private memorial.