Obituary for Donald "Don" Simkins, Jr.
Donald Edgar “Don” Simkins, Jr., 78, died peacefully, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Norfolk, VA, he was the son of the late Donald E., Sr, and Florence E. Simkins.
Don was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, nephew, and cousin. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 53 years, Helen W. Simkins; three sons: Wesley Simkins (Moni), Timothy Simkins (Anita) and Brian Simkins (Kellie); 7 grandchildren: Tara, Nicholas, Courtland, Haley, Joshua, Katelyn, Natalie and Carver; and three great-grandchildren: Elijah, Trinity, and Triston. Don had a particularly strong relationship with his nephew, DJ Everton-Lovell. His sisters, Nita Everton and Donna Brown and their families; aunts, Nita Argante and Iva Everton; cousin, C.J. Everton, Jr.(Sharon); and a host of extended family and friends will sorely miss Don’s warm personality, sense of humor and mentorship. In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by his granddaughter, Daniella.
Don and his wife Helen started their married lives in Newport News, VA. They also spent some 20 years in Wilmington, NC and 5 years in Jeffersonville, Indiana. They have been living in Smithfield, Virginia for the last 10 years. Don enjoyed weekends at home with his family, chasing his great-grandson, and visiting local museums. Quick of wit, Don left a smile with everyone who knew or came in contact with him.
A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Don spent over five decades as a nuclear engineer. At the time of his death, he was a consultant and mentor at the Brunswick Power Plant in Southport, NC.
Family and friends will gather for visitation at 1:00 pm, Saturday, November 25, 2017, in Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, followed by a service at 2:00pm to celebrate Don’s life.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Don’s name at www. Hopefloatsnc.com or
Hope Floats, 414 James Tart Rd., Lillington, NC 27546.
Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, VA. Friends and family are encouraged to post condolences and remembrances at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.