1931 Ellis 2017

Ellis Simmons

December 7, 1931 — May 19, 2017

Ellis Keith Simmons, age 85, of Monterey, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at Envoy of Staunton.  He was born December 7, 1931 in Vanderpool, a son of the late Harry Gabriel and Edith Flavey Simmons.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Keith enlisted in 1952 and was honorably discharged in August of 1954.  Following his service Keith returned home and began his employment with the Highland County Public School System as a school bus driver, from which he retired after 57 years.

In addition to his parents, predeceased family members include his brother and sister-in-law, Harry “Saul” Junior and Edith “Edie” Simmons; as well as his nephew, Harry Paul “Bunyan” Simmons.

Keith leaves behind a daughter, Donna Childress of Louisville, KY; two grandchildren, Matthew Webster Childress of New Albany, IN and Natalie Louis Childress of Louisville, KY; and a great number of good friends throughout Highland County.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Monday, May 22, 2017 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating.  Burial will follow in Monterey Cemetery with military honors.

Active pallbearers will be Charlie Simmons, Jr. Sweitzer, David Botkin, Eugene Moyers, Ernie Lightner, and Chris Doyle.

Friends and neighbors will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The funeral home will remain open throughout the day Sunday and into the evening, ending at 8 p.m., for those wishing to pay their respects.

Memorial contributions may be made to Monterey Cemetery, c/o Nancy Sweitzer, 228 Triple Oak Lane, Hot Springs, VA 24445.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Monterey Cemetery c/o Nancy Sweitzer
228 Triple Oak Lane, Hot Springs VA 24445



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