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Bobby Bernard Simmons, Sr.

July 7, 1947 ~ April 17, 2020 (age 72)


Bobby Bernard Simmons, Sr., 72 of Benton Harbor passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020 at his home in the care of his family following a brave battle with cancer.
A private family gathering will be held Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, Boyd Chapel, Bridgman, followed by a graveside service at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. You are invited to join the family via live stream for the family service Wednesday April 22, 2020 at 10:45 am on this, Bobby's obituary page on the funeral home website. A public celebration of life and a gathering of family and friends will be announced and held later this summer.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 96,  2665 Niles Rd, St Joseph, MI 49085 or the UChicago Medicine Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, 5758 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL 60637. Online condolences accepted at

Bobby was born July 7, 1947 in Springfield, Massachusetts the son of the late Mordecia and Cornelia (Rosemond) Simmons.  He graduated from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.  He played high school, college and some pro football with the New York Jets,  also coached football, track and basketball at Lake Michigan Catholic High School for 23 years.  He was a deputy with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years and retired from the St. Joseph Charter Township Police Department in 2016 after 25 years of service. 

Survivors include his wife: Teresa; children: Bobby Simmons, Jr., Olen (Shantel) Simmons, Temieka (Don) Turner, Rakesha Hill, Travontii (Johnelle) Montgomery and Taviin (Nicole) Simmons; grandchildren: Don, Jr., Elijah and Nieka Turner, Mason, Mia and Morgan Hill, Olen, Jr., and Iesha Simmons; great grandchildren: Daziya, Skai and Don III Turner, Olen III and Amiyah Simmons; special friends: Betty Simmons, Tommijuana Hersey-Howard, Debra Hill and Cynthia and Mark Bingaman.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy., Bridgman 



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Patrolman Bobby B. Simmons, Sr. procession to North Shore Memory Gardens
Special thanks to Mark Parren

Entrance into North Shore Memory Gardens
Special thanks to Deniece Fisher


Services are to be announced

Video is available for this event


Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 96
2665 Niles Road, St. Joseph MI 49085

UChicago Medicine Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago IL 60637

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