Dean David Simmons

December 26, 1938 - February 23, 2009

12/26/1938 - 02/23/2009

Past Services

Thursday February 26, 2009
1:00 pm
Salvation Army Chapel in Hendersonville
239 3rd Avenue East
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Dean David Simmons, 70, of Hendersonville, NC, died Monday February 23, 2009 at Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC. He was born December 26, 1938 in Walterboro, SC, and was the son of the late Theodore and Dorothy Simmons, and Hazel and Esdorn Craven. A son, Howard Dale Simmons, and brother, C.E. Craven, Jr. also preceded him in death. He was a member of the Salvation Army in Hendersonville, NC, and rang the bells faithfully for many years. He worked for the U.S. Post office for several years, and managed a family business before moving to Hendersonville, NC in the early 1980ís when he began a career as a painter.

Survivors include four children, Dianne Matlock and her husband Ron, Marcia Shealy and her husband Steve, David Simmons and his wife Lavenia, Kristy Egan and her husband John; a sister, Margie Craven Duncan; his partner Marilyn Jerome; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the Salvation Army Chapel in Hendersonville, NC. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, PO Box 2387, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Guests may sign a register book at

Forest Lawn Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

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cheryl hunter
8 years ago

Dianne, my thoughts and prayers continue for you and your family.

Gayle Dulaney
8 years ago

Dianne, Marcia and David;

I was saddened to hear of your father’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know it has been alot of years since you all were here, but if you make it back this way, I would love to see you.


The Frisbee Family
8 years ago

Dean drove the van our daugher rode on for several years. She is downs syndrome. weall thought the world of him he will be missed.

Andy and Karen Duncan
8 years ago

In loving memory of Uncle Dean. You will be missed! We love you very much. We will be here for Miss Margie, we love you to.

Noreen Elshaw
8 years ago

Dear Marilyn and family,

My condolences to all of you. It was a great honor and delight having Dean as my patient. The journey was far to short for us. I will miss him tremendously and I will miss you, Marilyn as well. It was a privelege meeting all of you. He was very fortunate to have such a loving and caring family.

Blessings to all of you,


Chris Satterfield
8 years ago

Dean, I remember when we first met around 1986 at The Salavation Army, N.C. I know you tried to live your life for Christ. I’ll see you someday in heaven my friend.May God Bless Your Family. Chris Satterfield

Wanda Elkins
8 years ago

Dianne, David, Marcia, and Kristy, there are no words to express my deepest sympathy for all of you and your families. I remember (back when we were all much younger) watching baseball games at the elementary school in Walterboro where your dad coached a team. Look to your memories for strength! Love, Wanda

Doris Holmes
8 years ago


I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

In His Love,

Doris Holmes

Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Hughes
8 years ago

Our thought’s and prayer’s to your family

Ginger Reynolds
8 years ago

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I was a floater for Advantage for a few years, I had the pleasure to assist Mr. Simmins on several occasions. I truley enjoyed his smile, and his possitive attitude. He was always appreciative for me to cook him dinner and make some tea. He was a true blessing to all that knew him. I will miss him here, but look forward to seeing him again.