Robert E. Simmons, 82, of Groves died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 in the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. Cremation arrangements were entrusted with Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor.

A native of Kurthwood, La., he has lived in Groves since 1981 and was a retired salesman with ITT Henze Services. He served his country in the Navy during World War II.

Robert was preceded in death by his son, Robert Eric Simmons; and his brother, Willis Henry Simmons Jr. 

He is survived by his sons, Mark Simmons and wife, Renee of The Woodlands, Brent Simmons and wife, Bonnie of Sugarland, Scott Simmons and wife, Tracie of Houston; daughters, Karen Horn and husband, Michael of Baytown, Martha Gooch of Vidor, Myra Lydia Simmons and fiancé, Vincente Rodriguez of Alvin; brothers, Rhett Simmons of Chandler, Charles Simmons of Hemphill; sister, Ruth Woods of Hemphill; six grandchildren, Alex Simmons, Cullen Simmons, Shay Simmons, Lane Simmons, Ian Holcomb and Spence Simmons. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made “In Memory of Robert E. Simmons” to Northwest Baptist Church of Vidor General Fund, 345 Fillmore St., Vidor 77662.