Melvin Walter Simmons, 72, of Hardy, went to be with the Lord, Oct. 2, 2012. Melvin was great husband, father, brother and friend. After a four-year battle with melanoma cancer, Melvin Walter Simmons left us for an awesome and eternal hike, to God’s house. He died surrounded by loved ones and knowing his family sits right with God. A fighter, Melvin never gave up, his endless faith was his testimony. He lived, he laughed, he loved and prayed. He leaves handprints on our hearts and dozer marks all over the county. He left with peace and with grace. His accomplishments are endless. We are stronger and blessed because of him. His light will always be in our hearts. Remember what he’s shared with you and hold onto it. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 53 years, Judy Simmons; his devoted daughter, Penny Simmons; his sisters, Shirley Leber, Lois Overstreet and husband JR; special family, Dale and Debbie Simmons and Uncle Wilford Simmons; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Melvin and his family wish to thank all that have supported cared and prayed for him and the Simmons family thru this difficult time. To our church family at Nineveh Church of the Brethren and Halesford Baptist, the Oncology group at Lewis Gale Hospital, CMC Cancer Center in Charlotte, N.C. Special thanks to Medi Home and Hospice Team. Until we meet again. Husband, father and friend, may your journey be a blessed one. The family gathered in a celebration of Melvin’s life at Conner Bowman Funeral Home in Wirtz on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donate to a charity or someone in need. Love more and pray harder. We will miss you, save us a spot. Your loving family. Online condolences may be sent to www.connerbowman.com.