PILOT MOUNTAIN — Joseph Ray Simmons, 78, of Pilot Mountain, died on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, Winston-Salem. He was a lifelong resident of Pilot Mountain. He was the son of the late Noble and Dorothy (Cox) Simmons. He is survived by three children, Julia Simmons (Michelle Cooper) of Dillsboro, Jay Simmons of Old Fort and Jan Simmons of Atlanta, Ga.; one grandchild, Ian Simmons of Winston-Salem; two stepgrandchildren, Colden Stefanisko of Greensboro and Marah Stefanisko of Dillsboro; one sister, Judy Simmons (Swanson) of Pilot Mountain; two nieces, Kim (Brian) Blakely of Winston-Salem and Dee (Jack) Brinkley of Lewisville; one sister-in-law, Kay Adams Simmons of Richmond, Va.; and three nephews, William Simmons of Arlington, Va., Jonathon Simmons of Fayetteville and Scott (Elaine) Simmons of Richmond. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Anne Simmons; and one brother, William (Buddy) Simmons. He retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company after 26 years of employment. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. Honoring his request, no services will be held. The family would like to express sincere and deep appreciation for the compassionate care given him at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. Electronic condolences may be sent to his children at firstname.lastname@example.org. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103-3217, or online at hospicecarecenter.org; or to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or online at email@example.com. Cox-Needham Funeral Home of Pilot Mountain (www.coxneedham.com, www.facebook.com/coxneedham) is respectfully serving the Simmons family.