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Michael Rae Simmons

1962 ~ 2021 (age 59)


Funeral services for Michael Rae Simmons will be held at 2:00 Tuesday, November 2, 2021 in the chapel of Hixson Brothers, Pineville. Burial will be in Forest Park West Cemetery, Shreveport.

The family requests that visitation be held at Hixson Brothers Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service.

Pallbearers will be Steve Simmons, Robert Wise, Bryce Carr, Will Roberts, and Justin Foster.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Pineville Camp of the Gideons International and the Deacons of Esler Baptist Church.

Mike was born in Nashville, Tennessee on April 29, 1962. He went to be with Jesus on October 28, 2021. In 1969, at the age of seven, Mike gave his heart to Jesus; near the end of the year, he was baptized at Shreve City Baptist Church.

Mike was gifted in many ways. When he was in high school, he was the overall winner in World History at the State High School Rally. He had a B.A. in History from Louisiana College and an M.A. in History at Northwestern State University. He also played in the band at Pineville Junior High School and Pineville High School and the Jazz band at Louisiana College.

He was a talented pianist and played for several churches during his life: First Baptist of Woodworth, Liberty Church, First Baptist Church of Gonzales, Esler Baptist Church. and Church of the Cross.

Mike composed music and wrote many beautiful songs and hymns. Mike also wrote poetry.

He loved reading and collected an extensive library. He liked playing games and working puzzles. He was very good at chess.

He studied the Hebrew and Greek languages and read passages in the Old Testament in Hebrew, the New Testament in Greek, and the Greek Septuagint.

Mike was a Gideon and loved giving away New Testaments. He was overjoyed when anyone listened to him share the good news of Jesus, especially if they chose to take Jesus as their Savior. He was active in the Gideon prison ministry. He also served as the Gideon Card Chairman for the Pineville Camp.

Mike worked in the Appeals Division of the Department of Labor in Baton Rouge. He transcribed Administrative Law hearings. He also worked at Common Ground in Pineville and had many friends there.

Mike went on two mission trips, but the one that meant the most to him was with the Esler Baptist Church Mission Team. They traveled to West Virginia and ministered to the children in Appalachia. Mike treasured that memory and spoke of it often.

Mike was preceded in death by his baby sister, Laura Judith Simmons, his paternal grandparents, Harry E. and Ruth Simmons, his maternal grandparents, J. Fred and Nellie Lytle, and his brother-in-law, Mike Wise, his uncles, Harry Simmons, Jr., Frank Kane Lytle, David Lytle, Billy Wright, and his aunt, Jennifer.

He is survived by his parents, Dr. David and Judy Simmons, his fiancée, Toni Dunn, his sister, Anne Wise, his brother Stephen Simmons and wife Pamela. Also nephews, Robert Wise, Kyle Simmons and Chase Simmons. Also, nieces, Stephanie Carr and husband Bryce, Elisabeth (Lisa) Wise, and Madison Simmons; along with numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and beloved friends, especially family friend Jasalin Mullins and his psychologist and friend, Dr. John Simoneaux.

Rev. Leo Lytle, pastor and evangelist, will give the message at the funeral. Brother Leonard Free, pastor of Church of the Cross, will read Scripture and pray, and Brother Josh Timothy, pastor of Esler Baptist Church, will read the obituary.

Music will be provided by Mike’s sister, Anne Wise and two nieces, Stephanie Wise Carr & Lisa Wise and nephew Robert Wise.

The family requests that memorials may be made by donating Bibles to the Gideons International. Flowers are also welcome.

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Graveside Service
November 3, 2021

11:00 AM
Forest Park West Cemetery, Louisiana, Shreveport

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