Funeral services for William James Simmons, 74, of Bastrop will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2013 at Sikes Baptist Church with the Reverend Kyle Peters officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at the church.

Mr. Simmons passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at his home. He was an Optician and loved woodcrafting, gardening and watching sports on TV. Mr. Simmons was a member of Cherry Ridge Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was a loving daddy and a very loving husband to his wife, Nellie. Our daddy was a loving man who did not know the word no. He would help anyone at anytime even when it was difficult to do for himself. Those who knew him, know this.

Mr. Simmons is survived by his wife, Nellie Head Simmons of Bastrop; children, Penny Simmons of Bastrop, William Craig Simmons and wife Tracie of Natchitoches, James Phillip Simmons and wife Laurie of Haughton and Willis Jason Simmons and wife Sabrina of Bastrop; grandchildren, Sadie, Emily, Sierra, Hannah, Mason, Sam, Caraline, Katie, Sawyer and Jaydon Simmons and Katelyn Balsamo; sisters, Geraldine Gibson of Sikes, Bobbie Vickers and husband Morris of Olla and Merle Ezell and husband Billy of Calhoun. He is also survived by a host of nieces,nephews other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, James Randall Simmons and sister, Jo Ann McDaniel.