In Loving Memory
October 30, 1930 – November 4, 2014
Dr. Samuel Joseph Simmons, III, 84, passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2014 in Fairhope, AL. He became a resident of Daphne following Hurricane Katrina and is formerly of Pascagoula, MS. As a young man, he attended Gulf Coast Military Academy in Gulfport, MS. He served his country proudly in the US Navy at Ft. Rucker, AL and at Pensacola Naval Air station from 1948-1952, where he was trained as a pilot. He attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate studies. Following in the footsteps of his parents he entered the medical field and graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1959 and went on to serve his three year residency in medicine at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and MD training at Touro Infirmary also, in New Orleans.
He was a beloved physician for fifty years in Jackson Co., MS, and went on in the early 1960’s to establish the very first Intensive Care Unit at Singing River Hospital. It was at Ocean Springs Hospital that he met the love of his life, a pretty young nurse, Gwen. Dr. Simmons remained in the private practice of internal medicine prior to Hurricane Katrina. He was devoted to the service of his community. Bicycling was a passion for him, belonging to the Gulf Coast Bicycle Club of Biloxi, MS. Preceding him in death are his parents, Dr. Samuel Simmons, Jr. and his mother, Jessie Simmons and his sister, Yvonne Best.
He is survived by his loving wife of forty years, Gwen; his son, Matthew Forbish; two daughters, Sharon Simmons and Renee Simmons; his nieces and nephew, Barbara Best, Linda Best and Joseph Best.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3507 Pine St, Pascagoula, MS 39567. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church Triangle Project or to Grace Anglican Church, 817 Estella St, Fairhope, AL 36532. Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.