Robert Milton Simmons, Jr.

July 20, 1939 ~ August 30, 2014

Robert Milton Simmons, Jr. "Mike"? of Johnson City, Tennessee passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014, in the Johnson City Medical Center. He was born on July 20th, 1939, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was the son of Robert Milton Simmons and Geraldine Barker Ellison, both who preceded him in death. Mike is a member of the Grace Fellowship Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. Mike was a wonderful father and devoted grandfather. He enjoyed athletics "? holding several state records in Tennessee for track and field, playing football at Oak Ridge high school and the University of Tennessee, and continuing to work out into his seventies. He also loved woodworking, teaching, and sharing his passions with friends and family. Mike was a graduate of Oak Ridge high school (1958), the University of Tennessee (1962), and he received a Doctorate of Education (1970) from the University of Tennessee. Mike was lifelong educator and teacher. He served as a teacher, a school principal, and a school superintendent of several schools systems, including the Johnson City Schools from 1983-1993. He retired from professional life as the superintendent of Johnson City schools in 1993. He is survived by his wife Nancy Jane (Ferguson) of Johnson City TN, by his children Michael Marlon (Kay) Simmons of Athens TN, Brant Richard (Jane) Simmons of Lebanon OH, Scott Robert (Ann) Simmons of Simpsonville SC, and Ryan Mitchell Simmons of Marysville TN; and his stepchildren Robin (Rob) Adams of Johnson City, TN, Troy Hunt of Limestone TN, Justin (Jamie) Hunt of Jonesborough TN, and Chad Hunt of Limestone TN; seventeen grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Sharon Conner of Albuquerque, NM, and Patricia Lou (Wayne) Coffey of Tazewell, TN; and his aunt Joanne Barker (Maniago). The family would like to extend a special thanks to their community group at Grace Fellowship Church, and the care team at the Johnson City Medical Center for their compassionate care during Mike's last days. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Alzheimer's Association ( are much appreciated. The family of Robert Milton Simmons, Jr. "Mike"? will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday, September 2, 2014, in the Grace Fellowship Church, 2314 S. Greenwood Drive, Johnson City. The funeral service will follow with Rev. Larry Nees officiating. The graveside committal service will be conducted at 11 AM Wednesday in the Monte Vista Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Minister, family and friends are requested to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 AM Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    To all of Robert Milton’s family, and especially his sister, Pat Coffey: May the peace and love of God be felt by each of you during this time of grief. With deepest sympathy, Margaret (Seals) Bull & family, Tazewell, Tennessee

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dearest Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Simmons was an awesome administrator and I always felt he appreciate all that I did when I was under his supervision. I have lost touch with you but I am so happy our paths crossed in life and know Our Heavenly Father is with us in this time of need. You are in my prayers and I really would like to be there but we live in Wisconsin now and I am still teaching (37th year this year!!) Please keep in touch and know your memories will be your help as well as your faith. Love in Christ Glenda-608-214-1309.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nancy and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Nancy, so sorry to hear about your loss… Sorry I could not be there, but know my thoughts and prayers are with you… Love and prayers, Betty

  5. Anonymous says:

    Our sincere condolences to the family of Robert Simmons, Jr., especially the family of our colleague Mike M. Simmons. God’s Comfort, Peace, and Love.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Sorry for the family’s loss he was a great superintendent for the school system. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I went to school with Mike and graduated with him. He was always so nice and polite. He had many accomplishments and I know you are very proud of him. I won’t be able to attend the visitation or services, but please know you and your family will be in my prayers. May God bless all of you.

     Judy McIntyre Jenkins

  10. Anonymous says:

    I am saddened to learn of Mike’s passing. My condolences to his family. Our class of ORHS 1958 is sadly smaller. Frederic Paul Gresky ORHS 1958, UT-K 1962 Fort Collins, Colorado

  11. Anonymous says:

    With Mike’s passing, our Oak Ridge High School Class of 1958 is again one special classmate smaller. Mike was always so friendly and nice to everyone in school and that never changed through the years. Our class reunions were always blessed by his presence…we missed him last year at our 55th due to his illness. Praying that God will comfort all your hearts and bring you peace in the difficult days ahead.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Mike was a 1958 classmate of mine. I`m very saddened to learn of his passing He was very athletic in all sports, homeroom president, and student council vice president. He was very accomplished indeed. His wife, children and family will miss him, but will be reunited with him in Heaven.  Sincerely, Peggy Soard  58`

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