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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Young Joseph Simmons III

Young Joseph Simmons III
Young Joseph Simmons III

Young Joseph Simmons III, 63, of Ocala, FL, died at home on May 19, 2024. Joe was born in Ocala to Sara and Joe Simmons on August 20, 1960, the youngest of five children.

He graduated from Forest High School in 1978 and then attended CFCC, where he was a member of the tennis team. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida.

Joe was an avid athlete who enjoyed tennis, handball, and both water and snow skiing. He loved bicycling around town and on the mountain bike trails in the area. Joe was adventurous,
fearless, smart, witty, knowledgeable, and loved a good debate. He was also very creative, making unique furniture from reclaimed wood and metal. Additionally, Joe enjoyed landscaping and was a talented horticulturist, growing many fabulous orchids and other ornamental plants.

Joe is survived by his son, Young Joseph Simmons IV, Ocala, sisters Shirley Simmons, Nashville, TN, and Julie Simmons Weiss, Ocala, as well as two nephews, Philip Weiss, Brooklyn, NY, and Daniel Weiss, Ocala.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters, Susan and

The family wishes to extend our sincere love and gratitude to Jim Falvey and Carl Williams, who steadfastly stood by Joe’s side and supported us all in the last few months.