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Ronnie A. Simmons, 58, died Dec. 4 in Marshall, Texas after a long battle with COPD.

Simmons was born August 21, 1954, in Marshall, to Arthur Adrian and Jessie Mae Williams Simmons. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. He was a major sports fan, his favorites being the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing with his grandkids and poking around on Facebook.

Surviving Simmons are his daughters, Lissa Busbey and husband, Jeffrey, of Elysian Fields, Tracy Simmons of Spokane, Wash., and Elena Cheshire and husband, Chase, of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren, Kayetlyn and Logan Busbey and Aiden, Aila and Addison Cheshire; sisters, Deanna McClure and husband, Kenneth, and Sallie Simmons O'Bryan, all of Snyder, Texas, Sharon Stolz and husband, Rick, and Debbie Simmons Kelley, all of Longview; brothers, Joe Simmons of Marshall and Dennis Chambers of Houston; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

His funeral is today, Dec. 7, in East Texas.

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.

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