Ancil O Simmons, 86, of Grove, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Ancil was born in Centralia, Oklahoma on Oct. 31, 1931 to Elmo and Mable (Heltzel) Simmons.

Ancil graduated from Stockton High School in Stockton, Missouri in 1950. He served in the United States Air Force.

He attended Holmes Theological Seminary in Greenville, South Carolina. On Dec. 16, 1988, he was united in marriage to Venita Hawpe.

Ancil pastored churches since 1969. He was an ordained minister of both Church of God and Free Will Baptist.

After retirement, he accepted pastoring for Turkey Ford Assembly of God and Council House Friends Church. He loved camping and fishing.

Survivors include his wife Venita of the home; daughters: Diane Wilkie of Grove, Cathy Oliver of Bethany, and Mary Coffey of Covington, Virginia; one brother Gary Simmons of Stephen Port, Kentucky; two sisters: Clarene Simmons of Tulsa and Wynona Holiday of Georgia, three grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Beulah Simmons; his son Kenneth Simmons; brothers: Dwain Simmons, Norbert Simmons, and Lloyd Simmons; sister Paula Waters, and grandsons: Jonas Coffey and Jason Hardin.

Graveside services took place on Thursday, June 14, at Hickory Grove Cemetery with Chaplain Mark Lavine officiating. Services were under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.honoringmemories.com