In Loving Memory

Dr. Samuel Joseph Simmons, III, d. Nov. 4, 2014



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 Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL. 


  1. Christine Maurice

    It saddens my heart to learn of the loss of such a wonderful and caring person and physician. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Simmos and grew very fond of him. He had a passion for medicine and the care he rendered to the patients was exceptional.

    As a representative of Coastal Family Health Center, I can say on behalf of all the staff he worked with that he was loved and will be missed.

    I offer my sincere condolences to the family and will remember him in my prayers and fondly in my memory.



  2. Stephanie Reinike

    Dear Gwen, Matt and Family,

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss, and please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I am glad that I got to wish Sam a ” Happy Birthday “. He had a brave spirit until the end. Please accept our sincere sympathy and heartfelt condolences.

    Stephanie and Vern Reinike

  3. Susie Watjus Carter

    So sorry to hear about Sam. You and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Susie

  4. John & Sallie Nulty

    r Simmons was a fine Dr and we still miss him.

    John & sallie Nulty

  5. Mike Craft

    I met Sam some 30 plus years ago through bicycling. We shared a great friendship enjoying countless bicycling rode trips, laughter & good times. Sam was a special person within our group of friends and will be dearly missed. We love you “DOC”…….our memories of you will last a lifetime

  6. Billy & Iris Anderson

    Our hearts are very saddened to learn of the passing of our doctor and our friend. Billy and I are both physically well and healthy because of his real concern for us. He never took the short cut or the easy way out with our health. In the 20+ years he treated us as patients, he never did not have time to listen to us and act in our behalf for our health’s sake. We did not see him much in the last couple of years but we always knew he was there if we needed advice. He was a REAL doctor and friend and will be greatly missed.

  7. Kay Holtz

    Dear Gwen, I am so sorry for you and your family at the loss of your husband. Although we never met him, I know you will miss him forever. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. A tennis friend from years ago, Kay Holtz

  8. Kathryn Renee' Simmons Phillips

    Dr. Simmons is also survived by his 5 grandchildren. Kathryn Renee’ has 2 sons, Cruise and Gavin Phillips, and a daughter, McKenna that all reside in Hattiesburg. Sharon Edwards and her 2 daughters, Sydney and Kathryn, reside in Virginia.

  9. Karl Steinberger

    My thoughts and prayers are with you . Dr. SImmons was loved by many and served the community of Jackson County in an exemplary manner for many years

  10. Carolyn Loper

    Dr.Simmons was one of my doctors for several years in Pascagoula. He was quite patient and understanding with me, never seeming to rush through the appointment. He ‘got’ me through a very rough time in my life. For that I will always be grateful. May God grant the family peace and comfort at this time.

  11. Marvin Smith

    Gwen, Charlotte called and told me about Sam. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him. I don’t have your contact information. If you read this please call or email me…….Marvin

  12. Diane Tyler

    Sam was a great doctor and a good friend. He,Gwen my husband and I have had a lot of fun times over the years and always enjoyed our outings with them. I worked as His nurse for 18 years, and learned so much during that time from this brilliant Doctor. Our patients all loved him and I know he is greatly missed. I have always looked at he and Gwen as family, and will miss Sam very much.


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