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Marvin A. Simmons

February 16, 1934 ~ November 14, 2010

Marvin Atroth Simmons, 76, was born February 16, 1934 in Moss Bluff, LA, to Atroth and L. V. Simmons and left this earth in comfort and peace in Lake Charles on November 14, 2010 at a local hospital.


Marvin was the salutatorian of Gillis High Schools' 1952 graduating class. He worked for Schlesinger Tobacco Co. after which he went into business for himself rebuilding the Park-n-Shop through a partnership that he eventually bought out. In 1968 he sold the Park-n-Shop and went into the Ironworkers Local 678 for whom he worked until 1992. He settled in Iowa and opened the 383 Country Mart that he presided over until his retirement in August 1998. Mr. Simmons was an avid fisherman and hunter who loved the outdoors including working in his garden. "Pappy", as he was affectionately called will be sorely missed by his family and his multitude of friends.


Survivors include his wife of fifty-five years, Shirley Burks Simmons; his daughter Karen L. Fontenot and husband Hilery; ten grandchildren, Matthew Courville, Kelly D`on Thompson and Leslie Thompson, Kari Abshire, Bradley Duplantis, Joshua Courville, Ricky Duplantis, Henry "Dean", Carter, and Robert Fontenot; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Atroth and L. V. Simmons; a son, Bradley C. Simmons; one sister, Billie Beth Hooks, one brother, Rodney Simmons,


His funeral will be at 2:00 PM, Friday, November 19, 2010 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend U. A. Dorin will officiate. Burial will be in Ritchie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM, Thursday, and continue from 9:00 AM until time of services, Friday, in the funeral home.

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  1. I AM DEEPLEY SORRY FOR THE FAMILY,I SEND MY CONDOLENCES, FROM BEE mom gill.me and marvin would go stay on the houseboat cook fish hunt it was the good life, will miss marvin much.

  2. Mrs. Shirley and family,Jay and I remember the wonderful days when ya'll ran the store on 383. It was almost like a Norman Rockwell scene; the children excited about what the Simmons had in the store and the casual way they browsed around and even had a 'charge tablet' they could put their treats on! You and Mr. Marvin ALWAYS had big, beautiful smiles and kind words for the children. They are happy memories that will last our lifetimes.We will miss Mr. Marvin very much and will be praying for your strength and God's love to carry you through.Continuously in our thoughts and prayers.Jay and Mary WilkinsonJustin, Brian, and Julie

  3. MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY THERE ARE NO WORDS FOR SOMEONE LOST . YOU ARE ALL IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. JENNA ARDOIN

  4. Shirley and Family,May God give you and family comfort in your loss and sorrow for your loved one. My deepest sympathy.


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