Funeral services were conducted in the Cedar First ward chapel Wednesday afternoon for
William Simkins, 78, well known Cedar City farmer and livestock man, who died Sunday
evening of a heart ailment and causes incident to age. He had been seriously ill for
only a short time before his death came.
Mr. Simkins was born in Adamsville, Utah, August 13, 1870, a son of James and Mary Walker Simkins, but moved to Cedar City with his family when he was about 10 years of age and had resided here since.
In November 1892, he married Maria Bulloch of Cedar. She died February 16, 1942. For many years, Mr. and Mrs. Simkins served on the "Old Folks" committee of the Cedar City wards.
Survivors include one son, Vergene Simkins, and one daughter, Mrs. Orson Haight, both of Cedar City; sixteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Burial was in the Cedar City cemetery under the direction of the Southern Utah Mortuary. the funeral services were conducted by Bishop James Heywood of the Cedar Fifth ward. Speakers were Alex H. Rollo, Mrs. Margaret Urie, Randall W. Lunt, and Mrs. Ida Bulloch of Delta. Invocation was by Samuel F. Leigh, benediction by Frank B. Wood, and the dedicatory prayer by Samuel Fife.
Organ music for the services was by Bernella Jones, and the musical program included two numbers, "Through Deepening Trials" and "I Need Thee Every Hour," by a mixed quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. DeMoin Jones, Mrs. Goldie Iverson, and William Condie, with Mrs. Cora Condie as accompanist, a violin solo by Roy L. Halversen, and a vocal solo by Myles Walker. Mr. Halversen and Mr. Walker were accompanied by Mrs. Bernelia Jones.