Theodore “Ted” Wilmer Simonson, 88, of Statesville, passed away Friday, October, 10, 2014 at the Gordon Hospice House. He was born in West Haven, CT on February 16, 1926 to the late Alfred Theodore and Ruth Morse Simonson.
Ted was a graduate of New York Schools, attended Temple University for two years, and received his B.A. Degree from Washington College. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He married Charlotte Emma Harris Simonson on July 4, 1953 and they had 57 years of marriage before her passing on January 18, 2011. He was a member of Grace Alliance Fellowship Church where he served as an Elder.
Ted was owner/operator of Ted’s Signs Inc. He made many friends through his work and his workmanship was always excellent.
He was a devoted man of God, a prolific writer who had written a syndicated column for the Iredell Neighbors Newspaper in Statesville and also for a paper in New Jersey. He wrote many letters to the editor of the Statesville Record and Landmark. He wrote numerous Sunday school curriculums, was a chalk artist, and was heavily involved in Prison Ministries in Statesville, Salisbury, Mocksville, Lexington, Wilkesboro, Taylorsville, and Marion. He was also involved in area nursing home ministries, the Rescue Ministry in Charlotte, and the Teen Challenge in Harmony.
Mr. Simonson is survived by two daughters, Ann S. Darrow (John) of New Brunswick, Canada and Jill S. Deal (Roy) of Connelly Springs, NC; two sons, David Simonson (Georgia) and Steven Simonson (Faith), both of Statesville; 16 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, and one brother, Merritt Simonson (Patricia) of Albany, NY.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Grace Alliance Fellowship with Pastor Charles E. Wall Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will visit with friends Monday evening from 6:30 until 8:30 at Nicholson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Campus Crusade for Christ, a ministry he supported for many years, 100 Lake Hart Drive, Orlando, FL 32832. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com and Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family