Arvid V. Simmons, Sr.

Born on September 12, 1950

Departed on November 18, 2016 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Arvid V. Simmons, Sr. – Age 66, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2016. He is survived by his lovely wife of 37 years, Gloria Mastin Simmons; children, Arvid Simmons, Jr. (Tiffany) ,Robert Simmons, Sr. (Shana), Jessica Simmons, Brandi Axt (Tyler); grandchildren, Dasonie, Tirzah, Robert Jr., Cheyenne Simmons and Barrett Axt; sisters, Chrystella Witherspoon and Clarice Ramey Benford (Freddie); several extended family members and friends.

He is preceded in death by father, Robert L. Simmons and mother, Leara J. Simmons.

Arvid was born September 12, 1950, in Nashville, TN. He was educated in the Nashville Public School System and attended Tennessee State University. He dedicated his life to the people in his community as an Insurance Sales Specialist.

Arvid was a “Music Man”. He was a member of the United Church of God and served as the music coordinator and choir director. He loved making others laugh with his bubbly personality. Arvid loved to sing, serve the church by speaking and he even cleaned the church bathrooms. He also enjoyed taking care of his yard and plants. His greatest past time was spending time with his grandchildren. He was loved dearly and will never be forgotten.



18 Comments to Mr. Arvid V. Simmons, Sr.

  1. Daryl and Gail Hill
    November 20, 2016 5:05 pm

    Arvid will forever be in our hearts! He is greatly missed.

  2. Dianne Seab
    November 20, 2016 8:09 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time. I am so very sorry for your loss .

  3. Kevin & Rachel Kenady
    November 20, 2016 8:35 pm

    Sending our love to you, Gloria and Bobby and the whole Simmons family. We are heartbroken over your loss. Arvid was such a ray of sunshine.

  4. Carlos and Shannon Kelly Bowers
    November 20, 2016 9:12 pm

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss, Gloria. You and your family are in our prayers.

  5. Tom Nichol
    November 20, 2016 9:27 pm

    I had the priceless privilege of knowing Arvid for many years. As choir director and special music director for our small congregation, his dedication was obvious. His cackling laugh was both sincere and infectious. When I learned of the health crisis that led to his death, it was a terrible blow. Even now, it is hard to believe that God has seen fit to take him from us. Nevertheless, I know, as Arvid knew, that God never does or allows anything like this to occur without a good reason–one that we cannot always see or fully understand in this life, but a good reason nevertheless. While of course my heart is aching at this tragic loss, I am comforted in knowing that , to paraphrase the apostle Paul, he has finished his course, he has run his race, and he has kept the faith, and that I, along with his family and friends, will see Arvid again in the first resurrection when Jesus Christ returns to this Earth. I look forward eagerly to that glorious time! In the meantime, his family and friends will surely have my prayers, and my complete and total love and support!

  6. Sherie Spalding
    November 21, 2016 12:39 am

    Sending our love and prayers for comfort and strength during this most difficult time. We are in awe hearing and reading the many many lives Arvid has touched. He was a good man. A great speaker. A talented singer and choir director. A true servant of God to his church family. We are saddened especially for his beloved wife Gloria, little Bobby and family. But we are joyful in the truth and promise of our great Creator God. We will miss you Arvid, until we meet again.
    We pray Thy Kingdom Come!

  7. Patsy and bill Murray
    November 21, 2016 8:01 am

    Bill and I knew Arvid for many years. We are both saddened about his death and still in shock hearing the news of his health issues. Our prayers are with GLORIA now and rest of family members. may God continue to be with you all and bless each member of your family .

  8. Ronda Groogan
    November 21, 2016 8:39 am

    Dear Gloria, Little Bobby and family,

    It was truly a pleasure working with Arvid as he always made things fun and competitive. He was such a hard worker and loved his family and church with all he heart. May cherished memories bring moments of comfort -“when someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure”. Arvid you were surely a treasure and will be missed greatly. Rest easy my friend. Gloria may God send his angels to wrap their healing wings around your family in this difficult time.

    Ronda & Bobby Groogan

  9. Debra Doss
    November 21, 2016 9:14 am

    I was so sorry to learn about Arvid’s illness and death. All the years I have known him he was always smiling and a dedicated servant to God’s people. I know he will be greatly missed. Love and prayers to his wife Gloria. I know how difficult this is and will be, but also know that God will give you and your family comfort.

  10. Vicki Burns
    November 21, 2016 11:30 am

    Arvid was a dedicated, enthusiastic and hard worker but always had time for a laugh and certainly shared his wonderful smile everyday he was with us at Cigna-HealthSpring. When he set his goals, he was rarely off base. He was an inspiration to all of those he worked with and was filled with a Godly spirit in all things. HIs love for his family and his precious grandchildren was evident in the display of pictures at his desk and his shared conversations about them. We will miss him but are comforted that he is with his Lord. We send love, prayers and comfort to Gloria and his family and are here for them if they need us in anyway.

  11. Lisa Fitts
    November 21, 2016 11:31 am

    I have missed being able to see Arvid and Gloria for the last few years. One of the things I have missed most is Arvid’s entertainment for Bingo night at church. Arvid would tell one joke after another. Many of the jokes were not too humorous but watching Arvid get tickled with himself, you just couldn’t help but laugh with him ?. We love you Gloria and we are praying for your family.

  12. Roy Smith
    November 21, 2016 1:02 pm

    Arvid will certainly be missed around our office. He was a man of high integrity, tremendous work ethic and strong conviction. What I’ll miss most is his warm smile and witty humor. It was easy to see that Arvid was very grounded spiritually as he made all those around him better people. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Though he’ll be missed, his spirit will live on through the many lives he touched.

  13. Diana Isbell
    November 21, 2016 1:09 pm

    My prayers go out for the family and friends of Arvid. God says he will not leave you comfortless, (John 14:18) but will be with you, and he will give you the peace, His peace (John 14:27), that surpasses all understanding, (Phil. 4:7) which will keep you through Jesus Christ.
    I will miss my brother in Christ very much, but I look forward to seeing him again in the Kingdom of God.
    God bless you all
    Diana Isbell

  14. Ron Bradley
    November 21, 2016 4:08 pm

    I have sat beside Arvid in the office for about the last 3 years. During that time I have gotten to know Arvid well. We have laughed a lot and also had serious discussions about our society and the world. I know Arvid was a good man and admire him for the things he has done for his family. We were just laughing prior to when he started feeling bad. I will miss him. Ron Bradley

  15. Oludare and Tohun Akinbo
    November 24, 2016 1:32 pm

    I have the great blessing of being able to meet this gentle happy man and his family a few years ago. My wife and I also shared this privilege together the next year. We were indelibly impressed by his warm, friendly and very loving personality echoed by his sweet wife as well. It was sad that I never had the opportunity to visit again and bring him the gifts my wife and i plan for him and many like him who made our visit to his congregation and Nashville so memorable. Yet we rejoice knowing he went to sleep in the Lord and that a crown awaits him as he rises incorruptible and glorious when our Lord shall call at the sound of the trumpet…. Our hearts and prayers to the family and friends, for strength and comfort that only the Holy Spirit can give.

  16. Janice Overton
    November 28, 2016 2:10 pm

    May God bless and comfort you and your family during this very sad time. Arvid was a top producer at work and an inspiration to all. He was always willing to share his knowledge with anyone who asked. We will miss his humor and helpfulness.

  17. Lisa Cole
    November 28, 2016 4:07 pm

    My prayers are with the family during this sorrowful time. Arvid was a wonderful man of God. He will be greatly missed!

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    June 19, 2018 10:19 am

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