Richard Lowell "Rick" Simmons, 42, of Sanford, North Carolina, passed away Friday (Jan. 19, 2018) after a brief but intense illness. Rick was born Jan. 28, 1975 in Marion County to Kenneth Richard "Rick" and Debra Snider Simmons.
Rick is survived by his father Kenneth "Rick" Richard Simmons and wife Linda of Kingmont; mother Debra "Debbie" Gaye Snider Rowan and husband John of Fairview; wife Kirsty M. Slater Simmons; children Hannah Michele Simmons, Taylor Nicole Simmons and Ryan Patrick Simmons all of the family home; half-sister Monica M. Cork and husband Dennie of Grant Town; half-brothers Victor A. Simmons and wife Leann of Grant Town; Justin M. Simmons and wife Brittany of Farmington,and numerous nieces and nephews; in-laws Michael R. Slater and Eleanor K. Slater of Dunwoody, Georgia, and brother in law Christopher M. Slater and wife Trisha, Woodstock, Georgia.
Rick was discharged honorably as a sergeant from the United States Army after eight years of service on both active duty and reserves. He rapidly deployed to Albania during the Balkans Crisis and deployed to Kosovo in support of KFOR. His decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal (Second Award), and the NATO Medal for service in Kosovo.
Rick left his beloved Army to pursue a career in information technology. The logistics skills attained from his military experience led to him help design and implement mobilization platforms for units deploying in support of military operations around the world. He spoke fondly of his colleagues at work, many of whom he considered friends.
Rick's personal interests were many. He loved gaming, playing online games such as World of Warcraft and Path of Exile. He was an avid guitar player. He could be heard at all hours of the nights shredding one of his many guitars to Metallica. His golf game was on par, constantly outperforming his golfing buddies. And his love for riding motorcycles would see him cruising the North Carolina scenery on one of his three bikes. But all he really wanted to do was go fishing; finding fish anywhere he could throw a line.
But those things did not diminish his love for his family. He marveled at Kirsty's command of several foreign languages and was proud, if not overtly demonstrative, of his children's accomplishments. His parents and siblings were always a part of his life, whether in person or through family or social media. He never forgot his West Virginia roots.
Rick loved funky, pithy or even sarcastic T-shirts. Had office decorum permitted, he would gladly have worn them to work.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home and at other times at the family home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Motorcycle Relief Project, PO Box 3220, Evergreen, CO 80437.
Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Sanford, North Carolina. Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 20, 2018