1923-2013 – World War II Veteran
Weldon “Sal” Byers Simmons, age 89, passed away Jan. 18, 2013, at Palm Beach Hospice in Jupiter, Fla. He was born July 2, 1923, in Harrisonburg, to the late Franklin and Rebecca Wealthy Simmons.
He graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1942. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 2645th Field Artillery Battalion serving in the Battle of the Bulge, and received the Bronze Star.
After his honorable discharge, Weldon worked as an electrician for Eugene Zimmerman Electric in Alexandria for 10 years and then for the U.S. Army as an electrician at Arlington Hall Station, retiring after 25 years.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Doris Christopher Simmons; two brothers, Lawrence Simmons and Carostee Simmons; and a sister, Evelyn Simmons Sam. He is survived by the last of the four brothers, who served during the war, Welford “Dutch” Simmons of Harrisonburg.
He is also survived by his daughter, Gretchen Brown and her husband, the Rev. Rod Brown of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; two grandchildren, Heidi Brown of New York City and Kroehl Brown of Nags Head, N.C.; two great-grandchildren, Jake Brown and Josselyn Brown; and numerous nieces and nephews of Harrisonburg and Fairfax.
Weldon will be buried at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, Va., with full military honors. A celebration of his life will take place on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Ravensworth Baptist Church, Annandale, Va., at 1 p.m.