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Joseph Carl Simmons

Mr. Joseph Carl Simmons, age 82, went to join his heavenly Father on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. He was born December 28, 1941, in Big Cedar, Oklahoma, to Albert Levi Simmons and Elsie Myrle Farless Simmons.

Joseph was a man of many trades, having worked at US Motors for 17 years, he also worked for the Lyles’ as an appliance repairman, additionally he worked for GE under the same occupation. He purchased Ben’s Electric in 1990 from Ben Gilliam and was the proud owner and operator.

Joseph was a veteran of the United States Army, he was always very proud of that fact, even though he had been drafted. It was said that Joseph could fix anything.

Mr. Simmons was an outdoorsman at heart, loving to go deer hunting and fishing. But above all, Joseph was deeply rooted in his Christian faith and loved singing and praising his Lord. As a teenager, he sang with the Rich Mountain Quartet.

Mr. Simmons is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Elsie Simmons; brother, Alvin Simmons; and by his daughter-in-love, Sherry Story Simmons.

Joseph is survived by his beloved wife, Janice “Arlene” Simmons (Joe’s Darling); sons, Waylon Simmons and wife Carol, Scotty Simmons and wife Ginger; daughters, Monica (Simmons) Smith and husband John, Melissa (Simmons) Nichols and husband Craig; grandchildren, Joshua and Nathan Smith, Jodi Flores, Wesley and Jessalyn Simmons, Ansley Simmons and Alyson and Victoria Nichols; great-grandchildren, Ezabella and Gracelynn Smith, Adelynn Smith, Micah Flores, Jr., and Baby Simmons who will be arriving in August; brothers, Tony Simmons, Doyel Simmons; sisters, Billie Arnold, Sue Upton, Shirley Fransico; special cousin, Vernon Davis and wife Freda; as well as by a host of other family and friends too numerous to mention.

Services for Mr. Joseph Carl Simmons will be held Friday, March 15, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., at the Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Brother Roger Bishop will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Big Cedar Cemetery in Big Cedar, Oklahoma. There will be a visitation held Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

The Pallbearers are Joel Davis, Chris Davis, Shannon Davis, Josh Bates, Nathan Russell, and Scotty Russell. Honorary Pallbearers are Audrey Cost, Vernon Davis, Jim Russell, Eugene “Hoot” Davis, and L.J. Dugan.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Elite Hospice Team for the care they provided for Arlene’s Darling.

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