Arnold Eugene "Gene" Simmons
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Arnold Eugene (Gene) Simmons, of Baton Rouge, passed away on February 12, 2021 at the age of 93 with Gloria, his wife of 74 years, at his side. Gene was born in Baton Rouge to Lille and Shelton Simmons. He was a graduate of Istrouma High School where he was on the football and basketball teams. He then served in the US Navy and after returning home he entered Southeastern College on a football scholarship. He received his Bachelor's degree from Southeastern and earned his masters plus thirty hours at Louisiana State University. Gene was the principal of Brownfields Elementary, Baker Junior and Senior High School and Tara High School. Gene retired from EBRP School Board as the director of staff development. He was a member of many local organization. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed working in his yard, fishing at his camp on False River and deer hunting. He is preceded in death by his parents Lillie and Shelton Simmons, and his brothers Lamar and Shelton. Also preceded by his daughter Shelley and her husband Buster Junkin as well as a Great Granddaughter Clarabelle Junkin. He is survived by his son, Alan; brother Jimmy (June) and sister- in-law Juanita Burroughs. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kyle (Mandy) Stephanie (Glynn) Jeffery (Rachel) Joseph (Jessica) Victoria (Travis) as well as six great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Gene was a devout Christian and he knew that Jesus was his Lord and Savior. He was a member of Blackwater United Methodist Church. Gene's kind and gentle soul will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Pallbearers will be his grandsons and great grandchildren sons. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to charity of your choice. Visiting hours will take place at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, La. on Friday, February 19, 2021. Public visitation will be from 12:30 until service at 1:30 at Resthaven Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at

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Published in The Advocate from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, 2021.
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February 27, 2021
He was my elementary school Principal. I was well behaved because I was scared to death to go to the Principal's office. He seemed like a huge stern man. When I got to know him as an adult he was just the nicest person in the world. I have always admired him.
Bob Downing
February 19, 2021
Uncle Gene, as I knew him, was always a happy, energetic, caring uncle who loved to laugh. He brought such big smiles, funny jokes, lots of intelligent stories to our family gatherings. He taught me, through my observation of him, that every person is important. Work, play, education, family...these things mattered and I saw it throughout his life. He did things that mattered in life. I once found a letter he wrote his brother, my dad, giving such concern and love. This man showed others how to succeed. I miss his laughter and smiles. His 73 years of marriage to an amazing lady brings such high respect for them both. May both my parents and his , his daughter and grand daughter,dance together now on streets of gold.
Donna Herrington
February 16, 2021
I attended Brownsfield Elementary School while Mr. Simmons was the Principal. He was engaged with the students, a kind and loving man. He was a neighbor, and attended church with my family. My mother, Mildred Taylor, was a teacher at Brownfields Elementary while Mr, Simmons was there and she thought so much of him and the family. I wish I had the chance to know him after I became a man. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Bob Taylor
February 16, 2021
Mr. Simmons was my principal in the first grade through Jr. High & some of High School. He was a large influence on my early life. No one could ask for a better man to be their school Principal. May he rest in peace....
John Callender
February 16, 2021
My prayers for Mr. Simmons family. I worked for him during the 1977-1978 school year as a high school senior through the COE program. He was an awesome supervisor and I learned so much that year. I was so glad to see and be able to talk to him about 4 years ago.
Dorothy Starns
February 15, 2021
I remember MR Simmons where I went to Baker High. I remember him as being caring and nice. My condolences to the family
Linda Montgomery Carmena
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