GALVESTON - Daniel Simmons, Jr., 82, entered into eternal rest on Friday January 29, 2010 after a lengthy illness. Daniel was born in Galveston on June 5, 1927 to the lat Daniel, Sr. and Barbara Simmons. He accepted Christ at an early age and united with the St Luke Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. P. H. Preacher, where he served as the church clerk and member of choir # 2 and the “Simmons Singers group”.
He united in holy matrimony with Marie Shorter on June 29, 1949, and to this union five children were born. Daniel was being educated in the Galveston Public schools, until he was drafted by the U S Army, where he served a four year tour of duty in Asia and was honorable discharged in 1946. After many years, he was recognized as a war veteran and received his high school diploma from the current Galveston school district. He enjoyed fishing, gambling, listening and playing jazz music, in which he had a passion for playing the trumpet.
Daniel was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Marie; brother, Samuel; sister, Ruth; grandchildren, Tiffany and Miles Simmons; sister-in-law, Sylvia Beeze; and brother-in-law, Arthur Shorter, Sr..
He leaves with precious memories, his devoted children, Jacqueline Y. Henderson, Michael Simmons (Sharon), Danette M, Whitby (Ashton), Barbara E. Simmons, Daniel Simmons, III (Tracy); his grandchildren, Romanda R.D. M. Mouton, Kristen N. Swan (Shane), Andrea M. Warner (A.R., Sr.), Ashton C. Whitby III, Austin C. Whitby, Cheyenne Minor, Jasmin D. Simmons, Sydnee M. Simmons; great grandchildren, A.R. and Aaron Warner, and Keonte and Kerry Mouton; sisters, Ada Butler (Warren, Sr.) Naomi Jackson (James, Sr.); a host of nieces, nephews, cousin, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, February 5th from 2-5 PM at Fields-Johnson Family Mortuary, followed by a wake service for 7-8 PM at the St Luke Baptist Church (1301 Ave K). A home going celebration will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. also at St. Luke church with Pastor Charles E. Wheat officiating. He will be laid rest next to his beloved Marie in Lakeview Cemetery.