Simmons, Kathleen Stout, age 88, of Wears Valley, passed away peacefully Monday February 23rd, 2015. Kathy studied journalism for 2 years at the University of Utah and for 2 years at the University of Tennessee. She moved to New York City to work until she returned home to Tennessee. She researched the history of The Old Mill of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee which her parents, Fred Walter Stout, Sr. and Adelia Darwin Stout purchased in 1933. She opened the mill to tourists and continued to operate the mill with her husband, Robert Lewis Simmons, for 47 years until their retirement in 1996. She was predeceased by her parents in 1968 and her husband Bob on October 8, 2006. She was also predeceased by her 3 brothers Darwin Caswell Stout, Fred Walter Stout, Jr. and Richard Darius Stout and sisters-in-law Edith Stout Kiser (Darwin) and Mary Prater Stout (Fred Jr.).
She is survived by her sister Caroline L. Stout of Pigeon Forge, and sisters-in-law Frances Simmons Gray of Medford, Oregon and Jean Simmons of Sylva, North Carolina. She is also survived by nieces and nephews Fred Walter Stout, III (Vickie) of Detroit, Michigan, Paula Blair Stout of Knoxville, Karen Ann Fox (Timothy) of Nashville, David Darwin Stout (Wendy) of Maple Valley, Washington, Dary Stone (Lindy) of Dallas, Texas, Kathy Wilson (Bruce) of Kissimmee, Florida, Dana Wood of Orlando, Florida, Sandra Simmons Yates (Terry) of Byron, Georgia, Adicia Simmons Asbell (Marcus) of Macon, Georgia, Silas Simmons (Cindy) of Sylva, North Carolina, Randy Simmons, Statesboro, Georgia, Patricia Simmons Ray, Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, Letha Simmons Morris, Savannah, GA, Teresa Simmons Berry, Savannah, GA, Thomas Simmons, Florida, and Brooks Simmons, Statesboro, Georgia.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 27th in the chapel of First Baptist Church, 317 Parkway, Sevierville. Funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Dr. John Woodward and Steve McCranie officiating family will. Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 28th at Pierce Cemetery, Evensville, Tennessee. A special thanks is due to Louise Beinhauer, Ann McMahan, and Eunace Reagan for their love and faithfulness. Serving the family, Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway.
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