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Descendants of James Elmo &
Annie E. Duffy Simons


Catherine E. Simons
Oct. 19, 1898 - Mar. 25, 1900
Daughter of Annie E. & J. E. Simons


The death from pneumonia last Saturday night of Kathie, the little 18-months-old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. E. Simons, was a source of sincerest regret to their many friends, and in their deep affection they have the heartfelt sympathies of the entire community. While it was known that the precious little one was very sick it was not thought to be so serious, and the announcement of its death came rather as a shock. The funeral was conducted from the family residence at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon and was largely attended by friends of the grief stricken parents. Rev. Dr. Birkhead of the Episcopal church officiated. The VISITOR extends condolence to the bereaved parents.

The Weekly Visitor,
March 30, 1900

Services Held Saturday For Dr. J. W. Simons

Dr. J. W. Simons, 70, long associated with Texas Gulf, Inc., died in a local hospital on February 22, 1973.

He was highly regarded by men and women in the medical profession as a dedicated man who lived by the oath he took when he became a physician. As one well known local surgeon said, "Dr. Simons was one of a vanishing breed of medical men, who dedicated his life to mending and easing the pains of his fellowmen."

Dr. Simons joined Texas Gulf in February, 1928. After retirement he continued his practice at the Newgulf hospital until it was closed on August 31, 1972. After the closing of the Newgulf hospital, Dr. Simons joined the staff of the Rugeley and Blassingame Clinic where he worked until his recent illness.

Dr. Simons is survived by his wife, Anna, two sons, James W. Simons, Jr. of Newgulf and Robert E. Simons of Bay City, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 24, at the Wharton Funeral Home with the Rev. T. C. Hebert officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dr. R. B. Caraway, Dr. D. W. Samuelson, E. O. Mason, F. P. Robbins, Jack Yates and Clinton White.

Dr. B. E. Simons Dies Wednesday

Dr. Bryan E. Simons, 56, prominent Bay City physician, died Wednesday morning in his clinic at 1905 Sixth Street. He had been under treatment for a heart condition for the past two years.

Dr. Simons, a native Matagorda Countian, was born on Jan. 10, 1906 into a "family" of doctors, and registered his medical diploma here in 1929. He practiced with Dr. J. A. Loos before establishing his clinic.

Dr. Simons was active in civic and community affairs, and the Simons home at 3104 Avenue I was the scene of the annual tea for the Rice Festival Queen candidates, scheduled also for the 1962 event. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lenore Simons, one daughter, Mrs. Wayne Slone of Bay City and two sons, Jimmy a student at Denton and Bryan, Jr., in medical school in Dallas. Also one brother, Dr. J. W. Simons of New Gulf and one sister, Dr. Madeline Beckenbach of California.

Services have been set for 4 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, Dr. A. T. Dyal officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune
, Wednesday, October 3, 1962

Madelene Simons Beckenbach
Mar. 28, 1913 - Sept. 12, 1985
Returned Home


Graveside service for Madelene Simons Beckenbach, M. D., 72, of Longview, Texas, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Cedarvale Cemetery with the Rev. Frank Seaman officiating.

Dr. Beckenbach, who was born March 28, 1913, in Bay City to Dr. James Elmo Simons and the former Annie Duffy, died in Longview Sept. 12, 1985. She was a resident of Bay City until 1929. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in 1947. Dr. Beckenbach was preceded in death by two brothers, Dr. James W. Simons of Newgulf and Dr. Bryan E. Simons of Bay City.

Dr. Beckenbach was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Longview.

She is survived by two daughters, Leann Nye of Longview and Sonya Morse of Honolulu, Hawaii; a son, Edwin Beckenbach of Los Angeles; and six grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home. 

The Daily Tribune, September 13?, 1985



Services held for Dr. Jack Simons

Dr. Jack Hamblen Simons, 53, died Saturday, Sept. 16 [1972], after a short illness. He lived at 6321 Leader in Houston and was a former Bay City resident for many years.

Dr. Simons was born Nov. 25, 1918, in Dallas but later moved to Gulf, Tex. where he graduated valedictorian of Gulf High School at the age of 16. He entered into Southern Methodist University and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1940 and became a member of the Beta Beta Beta Honorary Biological Fraternity while in attendance there. He graduated from Tulane Medical School in 1942 and became a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Fraternity.

After receiving his medical doctorate, Dr. Simons spent a year of internship at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston. While at Jeff Davis, he met Miss Catherine Anderson from Hope, Ark., who was working on her registered nursing degree. Following his enlistment in the military service, Dr. Simons and Miss Anderson were married, June 4, 1943.

In 1955, Dr. Simons became a staff psychiatrist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston and was head of the Female Psychiatric Unit there for many years. He was registered with the American Board of Psychiatry and was also a clinical professor at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston for 14 years.

Dr. Jack H. Simons was survived by his wife, Mrs. Catherine A. Simons of Houston; sons and their wives, Mr. and Mrs. Mack H. Simons of Wharton and Mr. and Mrs. Karl H. Simons of New Gulf; brothers, J. W. Simons, Jr. of New Gulf and Dr. R. E. Simons of Bay City; parents, Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Simons, Sr. of Wharton.

Services were held Monday, Sept. 18 at Earthman's Chapel in Bellaire. Rev. Ernest Melchert from the VA officiated services. Pall bearers included Dr. Walker Thompson, Dr. Austin Lyle, Dr. George Wiggins, Mr. Lex Shackelford, Mr. Jim Cornish, Mr. James Lyons, and Mr. H. E. Treichler, Jr., all of Houston and Mr. C. A. Orsak of Palacios.


Dr. Bryan E. Simons, 62, of Mansfield, Texas died Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at The All Saints Episcopal Hospital in Fort Worth. He was a long time resident of Bay City where he served the people of Matagorda County as a medical and surgical doctor for over 30 years. Recently after retirement, he moved to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex area to help his son and daughter-in-law start the High Point Church in Arlington. He was known as a compassionate physician who cared for the physical and spiritual needs of his patients. He was born in New Gulf, Texas on Feb. 07, 1938 to parents Dr. Bryan E. Simons and Lenore Hall Simons.

Survivors include: his wife, Glenda Simons of Mansfield; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and April Simons of Arlington; mother, Lenore Simons of Bay City; daughters and sons-in-law, Lanette and Shehan Paul and Laura and Jason Hudson; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. James and Dale Simons of Austin; sister, Barbara Slone of New Braunfels; and grandchildren, Christina, Garrison, Savannah, and Elliana Simons.

He was preceded in death by: his father; and a son, Greg Simons.

Funeral services were to be Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Bay City with Pastors Gary Simons, Joe Davis, Greg McMullen, Dr. Fred Matthes, Jerry Hobbs, Hill Winfrey and Hollie Briscoe officiating. Burial was to follow in Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers were to include: Dr. Dane Simons, Dr. Robert Simons, Todd, Keet and Kirk Slone, Mike Finster, John Simons and Joe Davis.

Honorary pallbearers were to include: Pastor DeVore Waterman, Dr. Frank Rickman, Dr. Thomas Chick, Dr. John Russell and Pastor Earl Breazeal.

The family wishes memorial contributions to be made to the High Point Church, P.O. Box 150478, Arlington, TX 76015.

Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, Sunday, 26 Mar 2000

Barbara Lenore Simons Slone

Jan. 19, 1935 - Feb. 18, 2007

Barbara Lenore Simons Slone, 72, of Bay City, Texas passed away February 18, 2007.
She was born January 19, 1935 in Matagorda County, Texas to Dr. Bryan Elmo and Lenore Hall Simons. She graduated from Rice University with a degree in Psychology, and later obtained her LVN certification. She left the field of nursing to pursue her passion for quilting. She devoted her life to being a mother and grandmother. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she volunteered as Organist and Sunday School Teacher.
Survivors include: her mother, Lenore Simons of Bay City; brother, Jimmy and wife Dale Simons of Austin; sister-in-law, Glenda Simons of Mansfield, Texas; sons and daughters-in-law Tod and Lonna Slone of Cuero, Texas, Keet and Tina Slone of New Braunfels, Texas, and Kirk and Cecelia Slone of Russellville, Arkansas; and seven grandchildren Kailey, Ace, Ky, Kale, Cole, Owen and Simon Slone.
She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Dr. Bryan E. Simons.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2007 at the First Baptist Church in Bay City with Dr. W. D. Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.
Pallbearers include James Duey, Stan Eldridge, Bob Allen and Pat Matthes.

The family will greet friends at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.
Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Robert E. Simons
(September 1, 1935 - November 30, 2014)

Dr. Robert E. Simons of Bay City passed away November 30, 2014. He was born in Newgulf, TX September 1, 1935. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. James W. and Anna Mae Simons and a brother, Dr. Jack H. Simons.

Bob loved God, his church, and his family; the joy of his life was his grandchildren. He also enjoyed traveling, hunting, gardening and the beach.

Bob received his bachelor of science degree from Baylor University and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Dental School-Houston in 1963. He married Gayle Reeves in 1959. Upon graduating from Dental School, he proudly served in the U. S. Air Force at Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, NM. He & Gayle moved to Bay City in 1965, where he began his dental practice from which he retired in 2000. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Bay City. He had the great respect of all who knew him for his admirable qualities both as a Christian and as a man, a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years; sons Doyle Simons and wife Alane of Austin, TX, Dr. Dane Simons of Bay City; daughter Dawn Simons Carlson and husband John of Waco, TX; 6 grandchildren Kelsey and Kendall Simons, Madeline, Claire, and Lucas Carlson and Amber Simons. He is also survived by a brother J. W. Simons, Jr. and wife Ruth, his sister-in-law Diane Reeves, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Sandra Ford, Sara & Trey for their loving and compassionate care.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Bay City or a charity of your choice.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5pm until 7pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 1:30 pm Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Russ Munch officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers are Mr. Tom Fields, Mr. Lamar Evans, Mr. Scott Evans, Mr. Emil Sliva, Mr. George Durett and Mr. Roy Craft. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Barton Griffith, Dr. Tillman Daniel and Mr. Bill Wiginton.                                    Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



In Memory of
James Wathen Simons III
December 21, 1952 - January 16,1994



Funeral services for Bryan Gregory Simons, 24, of Bay City were scheduled for 1:30 p. m. today at the Sixth Street Church of Christ with Mr. Sam Kitching officiating. Interment will be in Cedarvale Cemetery.

Mr. Simons was born Oct. 26, 1959 in Austin, Texas and died Jan. 2, 1984.

He was a 1978 graduate of Bay City High School and attended Sam Houston State University. Mr. Simons was also a graduate of Lincoln School of Technology, and did some farming locally.

Survivors include: parents, Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Simons of Bay City; grandparents, Mrs. B. E. Simons and Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Sliva of Bay City; brother, Gary Steven Simons of Bay City; sisters, Nena Lenette and Laura Beth Simons of Bay City.

Pallbearers include Bob Jackson, Erwin Kubecka, William Miller, Lester Baker, Bret Daniel and Mike Schulstader. Bob Haring is an honorary pallbearer.

Funeral arrangements were made with Dick Elkins of Bay City Funeral Home.



Helen Elizabeth Simons, 24, of Dallas passed away August 9, 1996 in Fort Worth following an automobile accident.

She was born April 23, 1972 in Cincinnati, Ohio to James K. and Dale Coe Simons. She was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, and was currently employed as an Assistant Buyer of Designer Shoes, and part of the Executive Management Training Program for Neiman-Marcus in Dallas.

She is survived by her parents, Dr. James K. and Dale Coe Simons of Austin; by her maternal grandmother, Helen Cates Neary of Bay City; by two brothers, John Simons of Austin and Dr. Bryan Simons and his wife, Traci of Dallas; and by one nephew, Zachery Simons of Longview.

Funeral services were held at 11 a. m. Monday, August 12, 1996 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview, Texas with The Very Reverend Dr. Michael C. Macey, Dr. W. D. O'Neal and Chaplain Tim Herron officiating. Graveside services were held at 10 a. m. Tuesday, August 13, 1996 at the Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City with Rev. Nick Novak officiating.

Local arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

Photos and articles courtesy of
Sonya Beckenbach Manderson and R. E. & Gayle Simons.

James E. & Annie Elizabeth Duffy Simons

Three Generations of Doctors


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