John Michael “Mike” Simonton

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Aug. 16, 1951 – Sept. 22, 2017


NATCHEZ — A memorial visitation for Mike Simonton, who died Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at Laird Funeral Home Chapel.

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Local arrangements are under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

On Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, John Michael “Mike” Simonton died after fighting a years-long battle with non-small cell lung cancer.  A lifelong resident of Natchez, Mike died in Jackson, with his wife and daughter by his side.

He was a 1971 graduate of Cathedral High School and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Since graduating college, Mike spent his entire career working in the oil and gas industry, and owned his own chemical company servicing oil and gas wells throughout Mississippi and Louisiana.

Mike was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved cooking, music, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Della Biglane Simonton, and his father, Henry Simonton, of Natchez.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Stephanie Simonton; one daughter, Kara Simonton and husband, Jon Olsen, of Dallas; two grandchildren, Nola Gray Olsen and Holden Randall Olsen; one brother, Henry Simonton of Denver; and two sisters, Rosa Lee Eidt of Sheldon, S.C., and Margaret Guido of Natchez: and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

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