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Woodrow W. Simmons



AAFA #0742





Baton Rouge, LA—Saturday, 17 August 1996


            Simmons, Ph.D., Woodrow—A resident of Hammond [Tangipahoa Parish], he died Thursday, Aug. 15, 1996, at Hammond Nursing Home, Hammond.

            He was 77 and a native of Washington Parish. He taught high school in Kentwood in the early 1940s, was assistant county agent of Tangipahoa Parish in the early 1950s, taught agriculture at SLU for 25 years and was in charge of SLU’s dairy when it was located at Hammond Airport. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

            Visiting at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Hammond, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.... Interment in Lanier Cemetery, Loranger.

            Survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jane S. and James O. Morgan, Loranger; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Karen P. Simmons, Loranger; five grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and two sisters, Neva Taylor, Birmingham, Ala., and Gwen Woodell, Atlanta. Preceded in death by wife, Charlene Spring Simmons; and parents, Archie and Lillian Alford Simmons.

            He was a graduate of Mount Hermon High School, received a bachelor’s and master’s degree at LSU and Ph.D. at University of Minnesota.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Woodrow W. Simmons (SS #433-52-8982 issued in LA) was born 28 Oct 1918. Woodrow was the son of William A. Simmons and Lillian Alford.

            When Woodrow joined AAFA, he said his mother was born in the 1890s, but he wasn’t certain of the year. The actual year is probably 1901: Lillian is age 9 born LA, 19 LA, and 29 MS on the 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses, Washington Parish, LA.

            Interestingly, on the 1920 census, Archie 22 and Lillian 19 are living alone, without children. Next door are Lillian’s brothers Raynor 21 and Eric 16.

            In 1930 Archie 32 LA and Lillian 29 MS are listed with their children: Woodrow 11, Geneva 9, and Gwendolyn 6, all b. LA.

            His Alford lineage, starting with his mother: Lillian 1901 LA2, Julius G. 1870 LA3, Seaborn S. 1834 MS4, Edwin Barksdale 1792 NC5, Jacob 1761 NC6, Julius 1717 VA7, James 1687 VA8.