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Memorial Service

First Baptist Church
Tuesday November 30th, 2021

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Michael Edward Simmons

Michael Edward “Mike” Simmons


Michael Edward “Mike” Simmons, age 66, of Laurens, and husband of Sallie Johnson Simmons, passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at PRISMA Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Laurens, Mike was the son of the late James Edward and Lois Bailes Simmons. He was a 1977 graduate of Clemson University and member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Mike was the former owner / operator of Midtown Paint Shop where he never met a stranger. He was a board member and avid golfer at Lakeside Country Club. Mike was also a member of First Baptist Church in Laurens and a member of Palmetto Investment Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: three daughters, Ashley Simmons Robertson and husband Josh of Seneca, Lindsay Simmons Edwards and husband Chad of Gray Court, and Sydney Simmons Parrish and husband Eric of Simpsonville; one sister, Kelly Simmons Sheppard and husband Tim of Pickens; grandchildren, Landon, Carrington, and Grayson Robertson, Parker Wilson, Brianna and Connor Edwards, Weston and Cameron Parrish; and two granddaughters on the way.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Leslie Bailes Simmons.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Laurens conducted by Dr. David Hull and Rev. Tommy Cox.

The family will be at the home and will receive friends immediately following the memorial service.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Laurens, 300 West Main Street, Laurens, SC 29360 or to Family Promise, 205 Church Street, Laurens, SC 29360.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

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When Michael and I were small children we lived next door to each other on Meadow Road. My parents and I thought the world of the Simmons family and stayed in touch for years after they moved. I am saddened by news of Mike's death and send sincere sympathy to his family.

Judy Eargle Ware Dec 30 2021 12:55 PM

Dear Sallie, Kelly and family - My heart hurts for you all. Michael Simmons was one of the nicest people I have known. I always enjoyed dropping by the shop and visiting when I was in town. He always took time to talk and took good care of my Mom and Dad with their paint and framing needs. The memorial service was so appropriate, and showed just who loved your family is by the members of the community and friends far and wide. God bless you all as you walk through this season of life.

Grayson Thomas Dec 22 2021 4:42 PM

Sally and family. I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I will continue to send prayers of comfort during this time.

Mary Gilliam Dec 2 2021 9:43 AM

We are so sorry to hear about Mike. He was a long time friend! I will miss him! Praying for you all. God bless

Bob and Frances Kesler Dec 1 2021 3:15 PM

Sending love and prayers to you, Ashley, and your entire family.

Rhonda Butts Nov 30 2021 8:18 PM

We are so sorry to hear about Mike! We thought alot of you and Mike! Terry and I can not express how shocked we were to hear about your loss! I know you and everyone will miss him! We just wanted you to know we have you and your family in our prayers!

Janice and Terry Brewington Nov 30 2021 6:10 PM

Dear Simmons family,
I was so sorry to hear about Mike's death. He was in the same Sunday school class with Janet and me when we were in Laurens. Frequently bought paint from Mike and his dad. He was a wonderful man who will be greatly miss.
Please accept our heart felt condolences.
Buddy And Janet Jennings

Buddy Jennings Nov 30 2021 5:21 PM

So sorry Mike has been called home. Mike was a real Gentleman! My brother and I went to Lakeside a couple of months ago. We were on the practice green when Mike's group was coming into the clubhouse. Mike came over to shake my hand and asked if I was coming back. We talked a little about losing our Moms and he said come on and join back and have fun. I know all his families will miss his great big smile and loving heart. God bless you all.

Bennie Sprouse Nov 30 2021 5:07 PM

I am so,so heartbroken to hear of Michael's passing. He was a dear friend from first grade on. My prayers and sympathy to the family.

Rebecca Irvine Smith Nov 30 2021 3:32 PM

Deepest thoughts and sympathies to the family. Keep your little hands in big hands and he will help you through all things.

Thomas Sanford Nov 30 2021 3:25 PM

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