James ‘Berlie’ Simmons
Candler — James “Berlie” Simmons, formally of Waynesville, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, unexpectedly at his home in Candler. He was born April 18, 1933 in Booneville to DeEtte Bray Simmons and Franklin Eugene Simmons, both deceased.
Berlie is survived by his wife, Jeanne Starr of Candler; one daughter, Cathy Simmons Newbern of Jackson, Wyoming; two granddaughters, Kathryn Cecilia Newbern and Laurel Kristen Newbern; stepson Jeff Starr and his partner, Tammy Robinson; and one brother, Delmar Simmons, of Booneville.
A career law enforcement officer, Mr. Simmons retired from the State of North Carolina as an ABC enforcement officer.
Mr. Simmons is most remembered for his dedication, work and support of the Mountaineer League Program in Waynesville, and he actively built the baseball field behind the Elks Lodge, which was later dedicated to him and known as Simmons Field. Mr. Simmons was a U.S. Marine and after playing football and baseball for the Marines, he continued a professional baseball career with Kansas City Athletics.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Mountaineer Little League Association in Waynesville in the honor of Mr. Simmons to continue the support and dedication of his love of the game and young athletes.