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Couple to Celebrate 75 Years of Marriage

Junior Simmons and Sylvia Elinor Simmons










SHARON (February 11) – Junior and Sylvia Simmons grew up on Tennessee farms during the Great Depression.

Junior Simmons grew up in Weakley County, near Como, while Sylvia Elinor grew up in Christmasville in Carroll County. Sylvia Elinor is the daughter of the late Alton and Ovie Dunn Elinor. Junior is the son of the late Robert Roy and Iva Dell Hedge Simmons.

Shortly after the couple married on February 11, 1946, in Corinth, Mississippi, Junior served in the United States Army in Occupied Japan until his discharge in January 1947. He and Sylvia moved back to the house where Junior was born and started a family and a farm.

In 1958, they bought a farm in the New Salem community near Sharon. Junior and Sylvia are always active in their church and community. Their lives revolve around their faith, their family, friends and farming. Junior gets out to do something around the farm almost every day. Sylvia still takes care of their home. They hardly ever miss a service at Corinth Baptist Church. They have worked hard, but they have truly been blessed.

The couple has four children – Eddie (Peggy) Simmons of Sharon; Gail (Sam) Darnell of Dresden; Nancy (Mike) Scott of Tiptonville and Diana (Dathan) Arant of Dresden.

Junior and Sylvia are grandparents to nine grandchildren – Eric Simmons, Samantha Darnell Ray, Katie Simmons Graves, Dustin Arant, Lance Darnell, Daniel Arant, John Scott, David Scott and Charles Scott. They have 11 great-grandchildren.

On February 11, 2021, the couple will celebrate 75 years of marriage. All friends and family are welcome to send anniversary wishes or share memories via cards, letters or phone calls. Their names are listed in the phone book. No celebration event is planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, contact Gail Darnell by email at or call 731-514-9451.



  1. Sheila Fortner on February 8, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Happy Anniversary to you both. May God continue to bless you both. A 75th Wedding Anniversary celebration has no doubt been a marriage that was sanctified by God and blessed with 2 people that loved and respected each other. Have a beautiful day and Happy Anniversary 💞🙏💞

  2. Linda Kemp Yates Jetton on February 8, 2021 at 9:29 am

    My Favorite couple. They have been an example of a Christian couple all my life. They are wonderful neighbors and have done so much for their Church and Community. Our world would be so much better if everyone lived their lives and raised their family like them. Happy Anniversary Ms.Sylvie and Mr, Junior❤️

  3. Billy Tate, Jr. on February 10, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Happy Anniversary. It has been a privilege and a blessing to have been your neighbor and friend for over 45 years. May God continue to bless you

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