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Lawrence "Larry" William Simmons

Lawrence "Larry" William Simmons, 81, of Belmont passed away March 22, 2020 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.  He was born in Mt. Airy on January 30, 1939 to the late Sam and Nannie Collins Simmons.  He is also preceded in death by his foster parents, Author and Pearl Kirkman; son, Phillip Lynn Simmons; grandson, Guy Farmer; and foster brothers, Paul and Gurney Kickman.  Larry attended Catawba Freewill Baptist Church and was a lifetime member of Loyal Order of Moose Belmont Lodge 1749.  He was the owner and mechanic of Simmons Motors and Parts and loved to work on cars.  He also enjoyed playing pool and through the years acquired many trophies.  Larry most of all loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Joan Brown Simmons "Momma Cat", children, Larry Simmons and fiance Angela McMillian, Judy Thomas and Gary B., Melisse Farmer and husband Brian, Gary Simmons, and Stephanie Simmons Skidmore; sister, Nina Murphy and husband John; brother, Benston Kirkman; son in law, Steven Thomas; 9 grandchildren, Eric Thomas and wife Paula, Brittani Thomas, Joshua Thomas, Matthew Farmer, Christian Farmer, Nathan Simmons, Brianne Simmons, Courtney Lanier, Alise Childers and husband Joseph; 5 great grandchildren, Mason, McKenzie, Mila, Paige, and Sawyer.

Services and burial are being held privately by the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital.

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Loved to hang out with Larry and Joan. No one could rip a card up like Larry! Many prayers will be said for his family and friends.

regina Apr 4 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Joan and Family,

I am very sorry to learn of Larry's death. This is a huge loss for all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Nick Street

Nicholas Street Mar 25 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence "Larry" Simmons

Linda Oglesby Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Larrys passing. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Leslie Staton Bowman Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM

Remembering when Chad Davis led you two in renewing your wedding vows. So sorry to hear of the loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dee Chavis Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence "Larry" Simmons

Staff of Benson Funeral & Cremation Services Mar 23 2020 12:00 AM

Melisse Farmer Mar 23 2020 12:00 AM

Larry and Joan were a big part of my childhood. Larry would work on my car and tell me not to worry about it. Larry had a heart of gold. Love this family as my own.

Debbie Laye Mar 23 2020 12:00 AM

So glad this man was apart of my life had a ton of great memories with you Larry... I am so happy that you got to be at my wedding and forever grateful for having you in my life this is not goodbye this is Ill see you again condolences to everyone

Destiny Spencer Mar 23 2020 12:00 AM

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