April 5, 2009
On March 11, 1931, Charles Edward Phillip Simmons was delivered in Boston to this earthly life, from thence he proceeded to spread joy, amusement, consternation, and general amazement wherever he appeared.
Read Charles' complete obituary in the Midland Reporter-Telegram.
Beginning in 1985, and continuing until his retirement in 1997, he taught American History, Government, and several other courses as a Professor at Midland College. Known for his absolute unacceptance of shoddy work, he was avoided by lazy students, heartily accepted by bright ones, and proved over and over that learning history could be fun. A human dynamo, he moved constantly as he taught, and with his incredibly sharp mind, and prodigious memory, he became a challenge to all around him. As testimony to the excellence of his teaching, he received the Best Professor award at Midland College and was named a Minnie Piper Stevens recipient as one of the finest college Professors in Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy; seven children, Andrea Lynn Hinz and her husband Andre', Alexia Marie Robinson and her husband Brian, Suzanne Lawrence Isaack and her husband Steven, Margaret Katharine Erfle and her husband Richard, Carole Elizabeth Bugge', Damon Gerard Simmons and his wife Jayse, and Paul Rudolph Bowers. He is also survived by three sisters, Leslie Paris and her husband Jim, Patricia Cecchetti and her husband Luigi, Larrie Ridell; nine grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. It has been said that a few souls on this earth are unique. Certainly God lost the pattern after He made Charles Simmons.
It is suggested memorial contributions be made to the Simmons Scholarship Fund at Midland College. You may also consider a contribution to the college's Court of Honor. You can call the Foundation office at (432) 685-4526 for more information. If you wish to make an online gift in his memory, visit Give a Gift , or you may mail your donation to:
MIDLAND COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC.
3600 N. GARFIELD · MIDLAND, TX 79705