Albert Simmons, 82, of Flemingsburg, went to meet his Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at Hospice of Hope in Maysville, Ky.
Born in Fleming County in 1941, he was the son of the late Glinna Mae Nickels Simmons and the late Lewis Franklin Simmons.
Albert was a man of many talents. He was a hard worker and tried to serve others where he could. A loving husband and father who provided for his family by working very hard first as a tool and die maker (at Wald’s, Brownings, and other companies in Ohio), next as a farmer raising beef, hogs, peppers, tobacco, and milking cows. Then he felt the call to the ministry. He was pastor at a few small churches including: Oak Ridge Baptist Church, Irvingsville Baptist Church, and Plainview Baptist Church. While pastoring he also worked at the Fleming County Road Department doing his best to share the work ethic he had taught his family by example with his co-workers there. Albert retired from the Road Department in 2010, but continued to pastor and fill in for local pastors until he was no longer able to do so. Albert worked so hard that others witnessed him fall asleep while standing up. His family teased him that he had a “button on his bottom” that caused him to fall asleep as soon as he sat down. Not one to leave one minute unused, he also served on the Fleming County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and as their President for a few years, on the Board of Directors at Milk Marketing, Inc., and at Flemingsburg Baptist Church he became a deacon then served as a Trustee. He also worked with the Bracken Association of Baptists. This dedication to service to his community led to his becoming a Kentucky Colonel. But his proudest accomplishment was his children. He was very proud of how they turned out to be such fine, caring, and loving people.
Most recently Albert worshiped as a member of Foxport Baptist Church. Albert believed that if the church doors were open, you should be there unless you were ill. As a result, during the blizzards of the late ‘70’s, he piled all five members of his family into his 2-door, 4 wheel drive pickup truck on those snowy Sundays to go to Flemingsburg Baptist Church!
Albert and his wife opened their home on different occasions to friends, family and foreign exchange students. Several nephews and children of friends enjoyed extended stays during the summer and learned lots of farming skills. There were also two young men from the Ukraine at different times that lived with them learning the farming methods and about the crops we had in Kentucky. Several of those young people have shared that Albert had a way to make each one of them feel very special.
Albert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mildred Jean Hamm Simmons; his daughter, Laura Jean (Steve) Mitchell; his three brothers, Elwood (Marcie Marie), Donald, and Lewis (Marcie); his two sisters, Nellie Martin and Ada (Paul) Ford, all in Fleming County; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Albert was preceded in death by his daughter, Tamara Joyce (Kenton) Carpenter; his son, Albert Thomas “Thom” Simmons; and his sister, Litha Alice Lytle.
The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m., Friday, April 14, 2023, at Boone-Nickell Funeral Home with Bro. Harry Meadows and Bro. David Hickerson officiating.
Albert will be laid to rest in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Steve Mitchell, Jimmy Simmons, Paul Simmons, Jeff Martin, Winston Reeder, Zach Reeder, Rob Reeder, Clay Reeder, and Marvin Taylor. Honorary pallbearers include Donna Bacon, Linda Higgins, Sharon Rigsby, Jill Cox, Teri Reeder, Janet Miller, Mark Taylor, Rick Souder, Gwen Chenault, Melissa Sturgis, Robert Ford, Amanda Mellenkamp, Rebecca Glascock, Charles Hamm, Erika Newton, September Barron, and Sophrina Story.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Boone-Nickell located at 150 West Water Street, Flemingsburg, Ky. 41041.
In place of flowers, please consider a donation in Albert’s memory to Foxport Baptist (2048 Foxport Road, Wallingford, KY 41093) and/or Hospice of Hope (909 Kenton Station Drive, Maysville, KY 41056).
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