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“I love you Daddy! It was wonderful spending time with you. You are such a unique, fascinating, and awesome person! I miss you! We will see each...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Catherine Simmons Tousley - MI

“Remembering David with great warmth and fondness for the good cheer, color and humor he brought, and with much gratitude to this multi-talented ad...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Susan Marchman - Macon, GA

“My condolences to the family. David was a great man and mentor, who I owe a great deal to in my own successes in life. RIP sir. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Robert Forsyth - Colesville, MD

“David was a great friend and a great person. He will be dearly missed. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Paulette & Ronnie Cawley - SC

“Great memories of one of the most colorful individuals I ever knew. If there's any doubt about his entry into Heaven, rest assured that David will...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: David Stuart - CA

“David and I played golf and he sometimes sneaked away from 'honey-do lists'. His wife Julie quizzed us one day about when we might return. Agreeing...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Wayne Long - Braddock Heights, MD

“Chris, I am so sorry for your loss. You're in my thoughts.and prayers. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Gina Thompson - Lexington, SC

“My Thoughts and prayers for Karen, and all of the family...David was a kind, talented, and humorous. I had the true pleasure of working with and...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Miles Crosby - Walterboro, SC

“My condolences to the entire Simmons Family! ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Evelyn Benton - Ladson, SC

“Without a doubt one of the most creative radio and television producers and on air talents anywhere. Many young people learned from David, who always...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Jerry Smith - jacksonville, FL

“I was fortunate enough to have worked with David at WQSN. It was a pleasure and entertaining to have worked with him. He will be missed. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Mary Kruger Cantwell - SC

“To David's Family:So sorry to read David's obituary this morning in the paper I have known him since he came to Charleston and I, too, worked for...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Kathryn Cox - Charleston, SC

“sorry to hear david passing. knew him from palmetto ford and Christmas prades with mama. skip at palmetto ford ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry to hear about David's passing, I will always remember him as one of the most creative people I've ever worked with. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Gary Killough - Summerville, SC

“We will forever hold the good memories shared with David and Karen. Our heart goes out to you, Karen, and all of the family. Prayers to all, Andy...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Vickie and Andy Shipp - SC


David Brooks Simmons, 81, of Awendaw, SC, husband of Karen Welden Simmons, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017. His family will host a Gathering of Friends on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road. David's Memorial Service will be held Monday, May 8, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Stuhr's Mount Pleasant Chapel.

David was born September 17, 1935 in Jackson, TN, son of the late William Lowell Simmons and the late Lois Virble Brooks Simmons.

David started his career in Caruthersville, MO as a radio DJ then moved to Alberta, Canada and Cheboygan, MI where he worked for PandG and the local TV station. Ansley Bubs Cohen brought him to Charleston, SC to work at WQSN. He held two jobs including one as a hair stylist at Farah's Beauty School. He then moved to on air talent at WCBD TV. After a short period he saw his future in Advertising and Production starting David Simmons Advertising. Locally he began his career with Charleston Lincoln Mercury (Old Weird Harold) and Doschers. The Michael J. Bloom Agency out of New York brought him in as the National Spokesman for IBM, Interstate Securities, Bayer Aspirin, Shakespeare Rod and Reels, AT&T, Wall Street Journal, Canada Dry, Stokely Brothers, Golf Digest and many more. He continued with Palmetto Ford and over a hundred Automotive Dealerships nationwide. Locally he is remembered as Mama's Boy with Mama's Used Cars at Palmetto Ford.

In addition to his loving wife, best friend and soulmate Karen, he is survived by five children, Cathy Tousley (Jim) of Elmira, MI, Michael Simmons (Helen) of Wasilla, AK, Chris Simmons (Margaret), Braxton Crim, and Alexandra Crim, all of Mount Pleasant, SC; two brothers, Bill Simmons (Cynthia) of Eustis, FL and Richard Simmons (Marge) of Byhalia, MS; and five grandchildren, Brooks Simmons, Andrew Simmons, Park Simmons, Courtney Greenlee, Clinton Tousley and Chad Tousley.

He is pre-deceased by wives Lynne and Julie and his step-father, John Graifemberg.