Marvin Tex Simmons, 87, of Patoka, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the River Oaks Health Campus in Princeton. He was born on June 21, 1928 in Harmon, LA.

He was a veteran having served in the Army Merchant Marine. He was a master mason for over 40 years and was a member of the Columbia Masonic Lodge No. 450 F&AM in Patoka. He came here in 1978 from Elwood, IN and formerly of Pine Island, FL and was the first director of the then newly formed Gibson County Ambulance Service. He retired from Duke Energy-Gibson Generating Station. 

Tex is survived by his two children, Clinton (Laura) Simmons of Cape Coral, FL and Betty Jo (Michael) White of Fort Lauderdale, FL; two step-sons, Tom (Judy) Loar of Columbia City, IN and Dean (Celia) Enyeart of Princeton; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one half-sister, Judy (Dale) Colson of Gautier, MS; a special friend, Hazel Pauley of Princeton. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Midge Simmons on February 28, 1997. 

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, with Rev. John Dunn officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Patoka.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. on Friday at the Colvin Funeral Home. Columbia Masonic Lodge No. 450 will conduct a masonic memorial service at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The retired military veterans will conduct full rites at the cemetery. 

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