Henry Mazyck Simons, Jr.
Columbia - The funeral service for Mr. Henry Mazyck Simons, Jr., 86, will be held 3 o'clock, Friday, November 30, 2007, at St. Michael and All Angels' Episcopal Church with burial to follow in the churchyard. The Rev. Beth Wickenberg Ely will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in Sturtevant Hall. It is suggested that memorials may be made to St. Michael and All Angels' Episcopal Church Endowment, 6408 Bridgewood Rd., Columbia, SC 29206, or The Cooperative Ministry, 3821 West Beltline Blvd., Columbia, SC 29204. Serving as pallbearers will be members of the Number One Breakfast Team at St. Michael and All Angels' Episcopal Church. Lay Readers of the church are invited to serve as honorary pallbearers. Shives Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Simons died Wednesday, November 28, 2007. Born in Savannah, GA, he was the son of the late Henry Mazyck Simons and Beatrice Kidwell Simons. Mr. Simons graduated valedictorian of Boy's High School of Charleston in 1940. He attended Clemson College where he was a member of Blue Key and served as editor of The Tiger until being drafted in 1944. He served in the U.S. Army field artillery 78th division in the European Theatre and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Upon discharge, he married Martha Jane Mack of Thomasville, GA, and returned to Clemson, graduating in 1946. He served as Editor for the Clemson Experiment Station. Mr. Simons later earned a Master's in Horticulture from the University of Maryland and served as the Southeastern Editor of the Farm Journal. During his career, he served as Vice President of the Agriculture Department of Wachovia Bank in Charlotte, Director of the Georgia Agribusiness Council, and Director of Services for Farm Credit Banks of South Carolina until his retirement. He was named the Southeastern Farm Marketing Man of the Year in 1973, and served on the first S.C. Governor's Advisory Council on Agriculture. He also served for many years on the Agribusiness Advisory Board for C&S Bank.
After retirement from the Farm Credit Banks in 1985, Mr. Simons worked on the staff of Russell-Jeffcoat Realtors until 2005. Mr. Simons was an active member for 37 years of St. Michael and All Angels' Episcopal Church where he was a breakfast team member, lay reader, and vestryman. He had been an active lay reader in the Episcopal Church since his college days at Clemson. He also was an active member and past president of the Charlotte, Atlanta, and Columbia Downtown Lion's Clubs.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Mack Simons; sons, Henry Mazyck (Carol) Simons of Virginia Beach, VA, and William Marshall (Valerie) Simons of Fredericksburg, VA; daughters Jane Marshall Simons of Charlotte, NC, and Lillian Simons (John D.) Coleman of Florence, SC; sisters, Margaret Simons Erwin and Sara Simons Thorndike; and grandchildren, William Henry Simons, Noelle Marie Simons, Keating Simons Coleman, Lillian Marshall Coleman, John Dozier Coleman, IV, Lillian Shealy Simons, William Marshall Simons, Jr., and Scotland Rose Kemper.