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Larry E. Simms

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 5, 2019 @ 4:22 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 30 Comments

 Larry Eugene Simms, 65, died unexpectedly at his home February 4, 2019 from an existing medical condition.

Larry was born on February 7, 1953 in Alexandria, Virginia to Ronald B. Simms and Grace Gelnette. Throughout his youth, he lived in many places around the country which inspired his love of travel, history, and people watching.

While he lived in Charlottesville, Virginia he met the love of his life Maria “Mieke” Jobsis and eventually established a beautiful life with her in Durham, North Carolina where he lived until his death.

Of his many sayings, Larry believed that every day is an adventure. He never knew a stranger and delighted in meeting new people. He enjoyed conversations almost as much as he enjoyed to laugh and making other people laugh. He had the gift of making everyone feel special.

Throughout his life he loved to learn with his biggest love being history. On family trips, he would passionately share details about the local history and culture, the food and the people of the region.

His curiosity was infectious, and he loved to discuss his most recent book or a news story, but especially anything you were passionate about.

After a career as a graphic designer, Larry landed the job of a lifetime….being a dad! His greatest joy was his children and he loved supporting them through all their ventures – from 20 years of soccer, multiple years of dance classes and recitals, and gymnastics events. He was so incredibly proud of his youngest daughter both on and off the soccer field as a player and now as a college head coach. He was also beyond excited to watch his eldest daughter complete her Baking and Pastry Arts degree this May. At every phase of their life, he was there to celebrate his children.

Larry is predeceased by his parents, his five brothers and his two sisters. Surviving are his wife, Mieke Jobsis; his two daughters, Sarah Grace Simms Jobsis and Annalies Rose Simms Jobsis; and his sister, Sharon McGaughey of Durham, NC.  Also surviving are many beloved brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and family friends.

A Service in Celebration of Larry’s life will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Chapel. Friends will be received prior to the service from 12:30 PM – 2 PM. The family will then continue the celebration of Larry’s life at home after the service and welcomes anyone who wishes to join them.

If you would like to honor Larry’s memory, the family encourages you to donate to The Unviersity of the Virgin Islands Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (https://www.uvi.edu/research/center-for-marine-environmental-studies/default.aspx) or North Carolina Public Radio WUNC (http://www.wunc.org/give).

Arrangements for Simms family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

 


Condolences for the family of “Larry E. Simms”

Condolence from Marc Scagnelli on February 5th, 2019 6:51 pm

All my love, thoughts, and prayers to all of us who knew and loved Larry and miss him so much, with special thoughts of love and peace for Mieke, Sarah Grace, and Annalies.

Condolence from Linda Schabow on February 5th, 2019 9:12 pm

As we have shared so many things over the years, it is with great sadness that we share this time. Know so many of your co-workers support you and your family at this time of your loss. Michael and Linda

Condolence from Hugh Murchison on February 6th, 2019 2:30 am

Very nice and funny man. Always enjoyed talking to him. So sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Donna Clover on February 6th, 2019 7:51 am

Mieke and girls, I am so sorry to hear about Larry. I know your hearts are breaking. I have you in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Barbara Moore on February 6th, 2019 9:05 am

Blessings on his Soul as it transitions. Deep blessings to you all. With Love Barbara Moore

Condolence from Steve Chriscoe on February 6th, 2019 9:20 am

Mieke and family: my deepest sympathies are with you. I cannot imagine the pain and sorrow you are probably feeling. Just know there are lots of people who love you.

Condolence from Anne Triulzi on February 6th, 2019 10:14 am

Mieke: I am so sorry to hear about Larry. While I cannot imagine what you must be going through, please know that we hold you and your daughters in our hearts. Love, Anne

Condolence from Keith Boswell on February 6th, 2019 11:02 am

Mieke, so sorry to hear this and for your loss. Blessings and prayers from me and Sarah to you and yours.

Condolence from Marilyn Hosang on February 6th, 2019 12:21 pm

I am so very sorry for your loss Mieke. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Renuka Ware on February 6th, 2019 2:32 pm

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. May the peace that passes all understanding sustain you and your family. My love and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Joan Jobsis on February 6th, 2019 3:00 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you Mieke, Sarah Grace and Annalies. I love you all so very much.
Grandma Joan.

Condolence from Machella Chavis on February 6th, 2019 4:06 pm

My prayers are with you and your family!

Condolence from Joan Jobsis on February 6th, 2019 5:12 pm

Dear Mieke, Sarah Grace and Annalies,
I am so sorry for the loss you are feeling.
We will all miss Larry greatly.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers and love are always with you.
Grandma Joan

Condolence from Teri Petree on February 6th, 2019 5:53 pm

Dear Mieke,
I’m so sorry for you loss. I will be thinking of you often in the coming days and weeks. I’m here if you want to talk.
Much love,
Teri

Condolence from Cathy Heitman on February 6th, 2019 6:43 pm

Dear Mieke, I feel so privileged to have become part of your life after working so closely with you over the past 6 years and hearing about your family experiences. Sharing that friendship means I also share in the pain of the great loss you’re feeling now. I feel such great sorrow for all of you. There is probably little comfort that words can bring to you right now, but I hope that peace of mind and heart will eventually come with time and will soothe your soul. Much love and many prayers for you, Sarah Grace and Annalies. May Larry rest in peace and may the love you shared for so many years sustain you now.

Condolence from Sheila & Benji Haynes on February 6th, 2019 9:56 pm

Your family will be in our prayers.

Condolence from Shawn Jones on February 6th, 2019 10:55 pm

Larry was a blessing to those who knew him and I’m very glad I got to share time with you both over the years, thoughts and prayers to your family!!!

Condolence from Kevin Smith (mailroom) on February 7th, 2019 7:58 am

so sorry to hear the sad news.

Condolence from Shannon Draper on February 7th, 2019 10:10 am

Rest In Peace Larry and our condolences to the family. Larry was always kind and smiling when he came into Wavelengths Salon. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers

Condolence from Marsha Cholewinski on February 7th, 2019 6:24 pm

Mieke, So sorry for your loss. June Johnson was telling me about Larry passing today.

Condolence from Pam denney on February 7th, 2019 9:03 pm

Although I never got to meet him from the sounds of what everybody else says about him he was a wonderful person sorry for your loss to the Jobsis family ❤️

Condolence from Tracy Mitchelson on February 8th, 2019 12:05 pm

Mieke,

My thoughts and prayers are you with you, Sarah Grace and Annalies. I am so sorry for your loss and I know there are no words that can really help in this time. I am always here if you need to chat or if you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask.

Tracy

Condolence from Heath Hair on February 8th, 2019 9:37 pm

Mieke, I am so sorry for you loss. My thoughts are with you and your girls during this difficult time.

Condolence from Sonya Merry on February 9th, 2019 10:40 am

Mieke, Sarah Grace, and Annalies. May the good times shared through the years bring you comfort and joy in the memories. Sending love and prayers for peace as you travel through this difficult time.❤

Condolence from Sharon Sawchak on February 9th, 2019 4:59 pm

Mieke, I am so sorry for your loss. Words are never enough. Please know that you are in my heart and thoughts during this difficult time. Love you, Sharon.

Condolence from Paul Jobsis on February 11th, 2019 11:59 am

Larry was a loving and kind man; a silly man in the best sense of the word. Quick to laugh, quick to forgive, made him a fun(ny) person. He loved Mieke, Sarah, Annalies and their extended family of siblings and friends. There will be a big hole in our lives, but the good memories will keep us strong with the help of good friends. We love you all and will miss Larry.

Condolence from Kim Evans on February 11th, 2019 6:49 pm

Mieke, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss; my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kim

Condolence from Connie Orander on February 12th, 2019 9:24 am

Mieke, Sarah Grace, Annalies – my heart goes out to you as you live through the loss of a dear husband and cherished father. Keeping you in my prayers.

Hugs,
Connie Orander

Condolence from Lynne and Roy Hawke on February 14th, 2019 12:50 pm

Dear Mieke and Family,
Both Roy I are deeply saddened by Larry’s passing. We are hoping that all of the prayers will assist you during this sad time. Much love coming your way.

Condolence from Della Selner on February 21st, 2019 9:14 am

Deepest condolences during your time of loss.

With love, the Children and Families of Larry & Sharon’s sister, Bonnie Jean

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