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Dana Renee Simons

Dana Renee Simons, age 59, Erwin, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 15, 2018 in the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Central Louisiana and lived most of her life there. Dana and her husband moved to Unicoi County ten years ago. She is a daughter of Lionel Crooks (Wanda) and the late Frances Keene Crooks.

Dana graduated from Northwestern State University with her BS degree in Nursing. She graduated from Valdosta State University where she received her Masters Degree in Nursing. She was employed by Ballad Health where she worked as a Nursing Instructor. Dana loved nursing, teaching and caring for her patients.

Dana loved animals and was a passionate volunteer, helping rescue animals. She was involved with PAWS and the Unicoi County Animal Shelter. Dana considered her cats, Charlie, Chaplin, Anthony and Ani a part of her family. She loved them dearly.

Dana enjoyed painting, reading and being a Yoga Instructor. One of her passions was nature photography. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. Dana will be greatly missed by her family and remain in their hearts forever.

In addition to her father and step-mother, she leaves behind to cherish her memory, her beloved husband of forty-one years, Roland Smith Simons; twin sons: Justin Simons (Elizabeth), Alexandria, LA, Dustin Simons (Caroline), Pineville, LA; two grandchildren: Isabelle and Joseph Simons; one sister, Melanie Thomas (Steve), Lenoir City, TN; one brother, Carey Crooks (Brenda), Vick, LA; one half brother, Scott Glenn “Crooks”, Walker, LA; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Friday, October 26, 2018 in the Hixson Brothers Funeral Home Alexandria Chapel. Father Dan O’Connor will officiate the 6:30 P.M. memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, Dana would have wanted memorial contributions made in her memory to organizations dear to her: or Boudreaux’s Animal Rescue Krewe (BARK), P.O. Box 404, Tioga, LA 71477 or online,

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Simons family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Simons family.  (423) 743-1380.