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Our beloved Alphonso Simmons was born on August 24, 1937, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Earl and Pearl Simmons of Jacksonville, Florida. Alphonso was the third of nine children born to Earl and Pearl.
Alphonso graduated from Staton High School in Jacksonville. He joined the United States Navy in September 1954. He was stationed in Illinois and Florida before getting orders to San Diego, where he served as an Aircraft Structural Mechanic on the USS Midway. He served his country honorably for 20 years. He then became employed as a correctional counselor with the Federal Prison System at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. He retired after twenty years of service.
Alphonso met his lovely bride, Eva Simmons, and they married in 1957. They are the proud parents of five children: Octavia, Lizzette, Alphonso, Alex, and Allison. Alphonso also had a daughter from a previous relationship, Serena Simmons. Alphonso and Eva shared 66 years of love, joy and happiness. Through thick and thin, they endured. They served God together faithfully at Greater Victory Baptist Church and currently are members of Bright Hope Community Church.
Alphonso was a forthright, hardworking family man who kept his word and possessed a caring, generous nature. He had a sharp-edged sense of humor and enjoyed sharing his wit and knowledge with all. Alphonso was a passionate servant in his community, dedicating time and energy to his church home and the Kiwanis Club. He was a founding member of The Mills Park Homeboys, a group of military veterans, serving the San Diego community for over 30 years.
On November 8, 2023, Alphonso passed peacefully surrounded by his family and friends. Alphonso was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Pearl Simmons; brothers, Ulysses Simmons (Kathleen) and Earl Simmons; his eldest daughter, Serena Simmons.
He leaves to cherish his memory his faithful wife: Eva Simmons; his devoted children: Ms. Octavia Fulgham, Mrs. Lizzette Dukes-Blake (Terrance), Mr. Alphonso L. Simmons (Chalise), Mr. Alex Simmons (Marcina) and Mrs. Allison Bell (Lester); three sisters: Mrs. Annette Jackson (Feairon), Ms. Pearl Simmons, and Mrs. Marlene Simmons (Lorenzo); three brothers: Mr. Carl Simmons, Mr. Edward Simmons, and Bishop Roosevelt Simmons (Jackie); twelve grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; numerous loving nieces and nephews; relatives and dear and caring friends. Special love to Clifford Hicks and Eddie Wright, two of his lifetime friends.
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;"
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-4