Joe Bobby Simms, born on April 12, 1944, departed this life on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Joe was the son of the late Laura Hutcherson and Bonnie Simms. He was preceded in death by four of his siblings: William Simms, Melvin Simms, Betty Jean Simms, and Richard Hutcherson.
Joe graduated in 1962 from German Township High School in McClelland, PA. After graduation from high school, Joe took to the “chittlin’ circuit,” singing gospel songs in a gospel quartet. Joe enlisted in the Army in August 1962. While enlisted, he received several medals: the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Commendation. He was honorably discharged in July 1971 to accept employment as a Public Police Officer, beginning his career as police officer with the DC Metropolitan Police Department and serving the citizens of Washington, DC, in the 4th District for 15 years.
Joe loved his family — Teryce and Christian regularly received his praises and his wrath when they deserved it according to him. He was as proud as a peacock when Teryce was ordained as a Minister and when she was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, and when Christian joined the US Marine Corps. He loved telling his wife (“Fishy” or “Fish Cakes,” as he loved to call her) how to drive, cook and even attempt to decorate the house. The agreement was set then that he would take care of the outside and she would take care of the inside. This didn’t last for long, because he would try to slip something into the house that didn’t match anything. But through it all they played well together. Joe also loved messing with his future son-in-law Jay about being a Baltimore Ravens fan, since his rival team was the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Joe was also very active in the lives of his brother Melvin’s children (Sherri, Karen, Tudy, and Aishia) but we cannot forget Sheree, his great niece and favorite (as she says). He loved each of them and did what he could for them, including giving them stern advice when he felt it was warranted. They all took it in stride because they knew that their Dad and/or Uncle Bobby would always be there for them.
Joe leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife Felicia Williams-Simms; daughter Teryce Simms; son Christian Canada; brother Larry Hutcherson; brothers-in-law James Williams, Fred Oliver, Darious Oliver (Jean), Lucious B. Oliver (Malinda), and James Phillip Oliver (Janice); sister-in-law Leonette Terry Petway (Michael); nieces Sherri Wells-Miller, Karen Wells-McGregory, Keyarra “Tudy” Clarett, Aishia P. Simms, Masonne Sawyer (Kevan), Tanisha, Christina, Tiffany, Tamara Oliver, and Corrine Williams; nephews Craig Parham and Lucious Oliver, II (Chezere): great-niece Sheree Miller Ross (Lakeisha), and a host of other relatives and friends.