Volunteer Firefighter dies after 45 years of service.
Jackie Lewis Simons, 84, of Hickory and a resident of Trinity Ridge passed at Frye Regional Medical Center July 17, 2020 from Covid-19.
Jackie was born January 14,1936 in Hickory, NC to the late Edward Primrose Simons and Willie White Witherspoon Simons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William Edward Simons and his wife Rhoda JoAnn Lowman Simons.
Jackie worked in furniture for 38 years and was a fireman for St. Stephens Volunteer Fire Department for 45 years. He was selected as fireman of the year in 1982. He loved being a firefighter and said he would never get it out of his system. His last job was driving cars for Enterprise which he loved.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 65 years, Gaynell of the home; Son, Alton, "A.T" Simons of Hickory; girlfriend, Betty Messer of Hudson; his daughter, Gayna Leigh Simons Long and husband Mark of Keller, Texas; Grandchildren, Mercedes O'Neal Simons Gritton and husband J.J of Wilkesboro, NC, Sara Elizabeth Long Matthews and husband Mark of Keller, Texas, David Andrew Long of Keller, Texas; Great-grandchildren, Natalya Oyola, Alec Marcus Oyola and Brooklyn Nicole Oyola of Wilkesboro, NC.
Jackie was a member of Highland United Methodist Church.
No service is planned at this time due to Covid-19.
In lieu of flowes, donations may be sent in Jackie's memory to Highland United Methodist Church. 1020 12th St. Pl. NE. Hickory, NC 28601.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net. The Simons family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.Cancel
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