Henry Simmons, a retired University of Southern Mississippi librarian
for McCain Library’s Mississippiana Collection, died Aug.
27 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. He was 60.
Moore Funeral Home of Hattiesburg is in charge
of arrangements. An announcement for a date and time of services
for Simmons is pending.
A native of Centerville, Simmons was a graduate
of Southern Miss, receiving his undergraduate and master’s
degrees from the university. He served as a volunteer for the Hattiesburg
Simmons’ co-workers remember him as a
popular figure among library patrons and staff alike.
“Henry always wore a smile,” said
Kay Wall, Southern Miss’ university librarian. “His
pleasant nature and strong service mindset were evident in his reputation
for ‘going the extra mile’ to help meet the needs of
those who walked into McCain Library and Archives, and he was a
storehouse of information himself on Mississippi history, politics,
“One of the best things I remember about
Henry is that he treated everyone equally,” said Yvonne Arnold,
Southern Miss’ archives specialist. “Anyone who patronized
the McCain Library Reading Room was welcomed and treated as an honored
guest. It’s a tradition he set, and one we continue to follow.”
Survivors include three brothers, Harper Simmons
of Gloster; Robert Simmons of Natchez; and Roger Simmons of Liberty;
three sisters, including Frances White of Lake Elsinor, Ca.; Alcie
Pearson of Union; and Emma Box of Centerville. Simmons was preceded
in death by his parents, Morie Bearfoot Simmons and Dorris Henley
Simmons, and a sister, Barbara Pearson.