Mervyn “Roy” Simmons • November 27, 2021
Mervyn LeRoy Simmons Jr, 67 a native of Pensacola, FL passed away on Saturday November 27, 2021, surrounded by loved ones. “Merv” or “Roy” (depending on who you were) was one of the nicest, caring people you could ever meet with a great sense of humor. He was always looking for a laugh and once it got started it would roll on until your sides were hurting. Roy was a very private person and if you were in his circle, you knew it.
Mervyn graduated from Tate High School in 1972, he played trumpet in Tate’s Showband of the South. He worked with Fluor-Daniels as a Pipe Fitter in the early 70’s and was there for 16 years. From there he opened Nine Mile Paint & Body where he restored vehicles, his favorites being antiques and hot rods. Anything that had wheels on it he was attracted to, he could ride a unicycle like nobody’s business. In the mid 90’s he worked as an Estimator for CharCo General Contractors in Brewton, Alabama for 8 years and when left from there he managed Lake Stone Campground for about 5 years. He moved back to Pensacola in 2012 to settle into retirement with his wife Ann. He spent a great deal of time on his boat, “Makin’ Memories” at the Bahia Mar marina. His boat was his getaway to think and a thinker he was. He was once referred to as the “Mayor of Bahia Mar” always lending a hand when he could.
Mervyn is preceded in death by his father and best friend, Mervyn LeRoy Simmons Sr and his brother, Curtis Simmons. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Ann Simmons, Mother, Dorothy Griffith, Stepfather, Don Griffith, sister, Rhonda (Tony) Mathews, sons, Lyle (Amanda) Simmons and Jason Fillingim and daughter, Julie Simmons. Stepbrother, Keith Griffith, stepsister Gay Burdick, stepdaughters Heather (Steve) Gonzalez and J.B. Owens. Granddaughters, Lyla, Bentley, Lola, and Bailey and grandson Hunter. Aunts, Janice Bricker, Sally Cline and Uncles, Carl Bricker, Jim Burnette, and Larry Burnette. Many cousins, nieces, nephews and countless close friends from over the years.
The last 9 months have flown by for the family, and we are so thankful for the supportive staff of Dr Jafri of Baptist Oncology, Mervyn’s Primary Dr, Lance Raney and Covenant Hospice. The care and professionalism they have shown us during this time does not go unnoticed.
Pallbearers will be John Connell, Lyle Simmons, Tony Castille, Steve Gonzalez, Tony Mathews and Phil Mathews. Honorary Pallbearers will be Clint Culpepper, Bobby Vangilder, Joe Steele and Neal Roe.
Graveside services will be Monday, December 6th at Pensacola Memorial Gardens, 3:00.
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