In Memory

Elwood Eugene "Gene" Simonds III

Born June 12, 1946; died Jan. 31, 1996, Dublin, OH, age 49

Cause of death: lung cancer

Buried: Shiloh Cemetery, Rusk County, TX

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07/17/09 06:25 PM #1    

Delbert Kenneth "Ken" Thompson

Jan Hall, email to Kent Bayless (7/17/09):

I was Jan Leake in High School (the little skinny girl that went to REL) who dated Mares Dennis in the 60's. I was around Bruce Grubbs, Donnie Walton, Jerry Falkner, Jim Connally, Jinny Jo and Pam, Gene Simonds and Janet and yourself. In fact, I met Mares through Pam. We got married in '68 when I graduated and moved to CA, where he was stationed in the Air Force. We moved back to Texas (Garland, Mesquite) have 2 grown children (son and daughter) and 4 granddaughters.

Mares and I divorced in 1978. I married Gene Simonds after he and Maryann divorced in 1987. Gene had moved to Dallas and I connected with him while out at a C/W club. (Gene was a Groomsman at Mares and my wedding at my parents home on March 9, 1968.) When Gene and Janet lived on Saddleback, Mares and I were living on Sundown (one street over.) I never knew that until Gene and I were married.

Gene was a Construction Project Manager, and there was no work in Dallas, so when he was offered a job in Annapolis, MD, we moved there with my son and daughter. From there, we moved to Columbus, Ohio. Gene was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 1995 and he lived for only 6 more months. He is buried in Nacogdoches. I don't think any of the "old gang" even know that Gene died. I loved him very much and still miss him every day! The kids and I moved back to Texas and I've lived in Arlington ever since. I became a Flight Attendant with Southwest Airlines, and now work in the Safety & Security Department.

Our son lives in Midlothian and our daughter, in Arlington, very close by me. Mares is retired and lives with Ann in Mesquite. He is a super nice guy, and is still busy though retired. He and our son are carbon copies of each other. (Except Kerry is 6'4") Both drag race competitively.

I know I went to several events in the 60's where I was with you, and Mares and Gene both considered you to be a great friend. I just felt like I should write you and reach out and say "Hi".

I've given you a lifetime of information in only one message, so "Thanks for writing me back" and I'm glad I saw you on here.


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