Life Celebration of Mr. Calvin C. Simmons
Mr. Calvin Simmons was born June 27, 1941 in Summerville, South Carolina to Maggie and Franklin Simmons. After a brief illness, he peacefully entered into eternal rest on
Saturday, July 4, 2020 at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Calvin was the eldest of the lineage: He was preceded in death by siblings Jerome Simmons, Betty Campbell, and AC Simmons; surviving siblings are: Shirley Elliot, Leon Simmons, Fernwell (Ferndina) Simmons, Mary (Avonne) Ford, Octhetis (Anthony) Clouden, and Alma Liferidge.
Throughout the Longridge Community and by all who knew him, he was affectionately known as “Bubba” and “Uncle Bubba”. He learned to love God at an early age became a
member of Greater St. James AME Church where he received Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Calvin worked hard as he woke early to tend the land,water the crops, feed the livestock, and made sure the younger siblings were doing their chores. Calvin graduated from Berkeley Training High School on June 2, 1962. There, he was an outstanding defensive lineman on the football team. If you knew Calvin, then you knew how much he loved football. In the years to come he attended every one of his sons’ football games. Also, he was a “die hard” Dallas Cowboys football fan.
Calvin began his career with the International Longshoremen Association on January 4, 1964 where he was loved and very much respected. Throughout the years, he served in many positions and leadership roles including foreman and developed lifelong friendships. As a seasoned foreman, he was able to mentor many young men throughout
his tenure and helped them to become successful in their career path. He was so proud and overjoyed when his son, Franklin Simmons, became a member as well. Calvin retired
after 51 years of hard work, but still retained that he had a fewmore good working years left.
Calvin was an avid farmer and gardener. This was his passion. Even in the fields and on the farm, his attention to detail and work ethic was second to none. Anyone could judge from his harvest that his labor was a labor of love. He was known for his watermelons, sweet potatoes, collard greens, okra, and corn. People came from near and far to purchase them.
He was preceded in death by Margaret Roberta Simmons. Calvin is survived by his loving wife, Bertha Green Simmons; his children: Barbara Darlene Mathis, Barry (Kimberly) Rush, Franklin (Erica) Simmons, Calvin (Natasha) Simmons, and Wanda Simmons. He left a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins,
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