By The Mercury

James Russell “Jim” Simons, 81, a resident of Severy, died March 13 at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka.

He was born on Aug. 24, 1932, in Severy, the son of Joseph Elmer and Doris Genevieve (Moor) Simons.

Jim served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955.

On July 4, 1953, Jim married Marina Shipman, and they later divorced.

In March 1959, Jim married Dorothy Picolet, and she preceded him in death in October 1978.

On Nov. 24, 1981, he married Dorothy “Dottie” Wunderlich in Howard.

He was a farmer, logger and owner/operator of his own trucking company. 

He is survived by his wife, Dottie of Severy; three daughters, Jody Towns and husband, Kevin, of Oxford, Angelia Perry and husband, Mic, of Manhattan and Anette Warden of Pflugerville, Texas; one son, Russell Simons of Riley; three stepsons, Kelvin Wade, Gary Wade and Craig Wade, all of Severy; three sisters, Joyce Smith of Wichita, Carol Lowderman of Bel Aire and Kaye Turner of Arkansas City; two brothers, John Simons of Hendersonville, N.C., and Bob Simons Arkansas City; 16 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Joanne Harper and Phyllis Elder.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Countryside Funeral Home with Keith Wunderlich officiating.

Viewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Interment will be at South Lawn Cemetery in Severy. Memorials are suggested to Greenwood County Hospital and may be left with the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Countryside Funeral Home in Howard.

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