Obituary: John 'Jay' Simms

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John “Jay” Simms, 62, of Mt. Juliet, departed this life for eternal life onFeb. 3, 2020. 

Mr. Simms was born on Nov. 26, 1957 in Mobile, Alabama, and moved to Tennessee as a young child. He lived in Williamson County for many years, and most recently resided in Del Webb Lake Providence in Mt. Juliet. Jay attended Battle Ground Academy, graduated from Goodpasture High School and attended Auburn University. 

He began his professional life in sales for the Yellow Pages/L.M. Berry, and through his career worked with several telecommunications companies, including XO One Communications, Inc., where he served as vice president/general manager. He owned and operated his own company, RiserLogic, LLC, before retiring in 2007. 

Jay enjoyed playing sports in high school and continued to hunt, fish and golf as an adult. He loved and followed college football (especially Auburn) and pro golf. He was an active member at Providence Church, greeting, ushering and serving communion. 

Never meeting a stranger, Jay loved people, and will always be remembered for his friendliness, kindness and positive attitude. His giving spirit continued on as he arranged for his earthly body to be donated for anatomical research. 

Jay was preceded in death by his grandparents, James Boyd “J.B.” Akin and Katherine Beckett Akin; father, John Asa Simms; adoptive father, Everett Falk; brother, Eric Mace Falk; and son, John Davis Simms.

He is survived by mother, Janice Akin Buck; wife, Lee Ann Simms and her daughter, Eve (Derek) Southworth, and two grandchildren; children, Heather Jacobs, James Boyd (Emily) Simms and Katherine Anne “Katie” Simms; mothers of his children, Marcia Flowers Simms and Lisa Thye; brother, James Thomas Falk; sister, Katherine (Neal) Carpenter; eight grandchildren; and one niece.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, preceded by a visitation from 1-3 p.m. at Providence Church, located at 2293 S. Rutland Rd. in Mt. Juliet.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to either Providence Church or Narrow Gate Foundation.

Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. JulietRoad and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

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