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Originally published: 2013-05-24 10:33:38
Last modified: 2013-05-24 10:33:36

Ruth Jones Simmons

Ruth Jones Simmons, 75, of Celo, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.

A native of Avery County, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Maude Hughes Jones. She was preceded in death by brothers, Ray Hughes, and Newton and Creed Jones; and a sister, Title Hughes.

Simmons was a retired employee of Baxters. She was a member of Celo United Methodist Church. Music played a very important part in her life. She enjoyed singing gospel music, having appeared on the Arthur Smith Show and Carolina Barn Dance.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Phillip Simmons; children, Patty Fisher and husband, Kenneth, of Linville Falls, Phillip Simmons and wife, Tammy, of Spruce Pine, Susan Simmons, John Simmons and wife, Susan, and Becky Hughes and husband, Robbie, all of Celo; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother, Roy Jones and wife, Pat, of Avery County.

Funeral services were held 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Rev. Luther Carver and the Rev. Tommy Robertson officiated. A graveside service was held 11 a.m. Friday in Carroway Cemetery.

The family received friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

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