Walter Washington Simmons, III

September 30, 1959 - May 24, 2009
Walter Washington Simmons, III

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Walter Washington Simmons, III, born September 30, 1959, departed this life on May 24, 2009 to join his daughters beloved mother, Susan, in heaven.

Walter will be remembered with love by his parents, Walter W. Simmons, Jr and Helena Swart Simmons, daughters Sarah Marie Simmons of Leland and Melissa Elizabeth Simmons of Wilmington, son Zack Smith, Bluefield, WV, two grandsons Memphis Ryder Simmons, age 4 and Brian Phoenix Barnett, age 3 months, two sisters Susan Glass and husband Max, of Lyman, SC and Terry Jackson and husband Dan of Castle Hayne, brother Jeffrey Simmons of Wilmington, 4 nephews Brett, Jason, Wright and Thomas and one niece Jessica, as well as a very special friend Thorn Gathright.

Walter found his passion in life to be hunting and fishing. He shared his love for the outdoors with family and friends through his fascinating stories.

A celebration of his life will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, May 28, 2009 at Wrightsboro Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Keith Hollar and Rev. Mike Lewis. The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 at the church prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The New Life Center Building Fund at the church.

Online condolences may be made to

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • May 28, 2009
    wendy knapp says:
    Sarah, I am very sorry about the loss of your father.The arms of the angels are surrounding him now and he will forever live on in your heart and memories.We love you. Wendy,Tim,Savannah and Josh Knapp

  • May 26, 2009
    melissa simmons says:
    i love you daddy and i will miss you deeply.

  • May 28, 2009
    Carl & Sue Willetts says:
    We are so sorry to here of Walters passing. We have known Walter since our school days, lost touch and in the past year or so reconnected a good friendship. Even after quite a few years of not seeing him he was still the same sweet and funny person we new back in the day. Walter and Carl spent a good amount of time just talking about the good and not so good things that have happened in our lives. The good times when we were young, the love for our children and families along with the grief life can bring within our adulthood such as the tragic loss of our loved ones along with being physically disabled. We have a prayer garden in our yard in memory of our son Gabriel who passed in 2000. Walter gave us a special gift, a beautiful rock in the shape of a heart for Gabe's garden. It is under a Japanese Maple and will always remind us of Walter and his kindness. We will truly miss him. Love to all, Carl & Sue Willetts

  • May 27, 2009
    Laura Roebuck says:
    Walter was a good friend of mine back in the 1980's when I was in college at UNCW. I was living in Channel Walk and Walter was my neighbor. He was such a lovable guy, always smiling and fun. He loved the outdoors, hunting and wildlife. I will always remember Walter as a great friend and my condolences go out to his family today. May you rest in peace in heaven Walter.

  • May 28, 2009
    Kelly Best Mathis says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. I went to school with Walter and Susan. Walter always had a hug when I saw him. Im very sorry for your loss.