Don Philip Simmons, 76, of Mooresville, N.C., passed away on Friday, December 8, 2023, at S. Mitchell Mack Hospice House in Mooresville. He was born on April 1, 1947, in Missouri to the late John “Hi” Carl Simmons and Frances Vlcek Simmons.

Don played many sports and received a full scholarship at Tulane University, where he played basketball. He also played professional basketball in France. He then received his master’s degree at the University of Missouri. He was co-founder and co-owner of Ahlara International in Mooresville. Mr. Simmons loved playing golf, his cats, and being with his family and friends. His passion was music.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Maurita Strubbe Simmons; brothers, Robert Nelson Simmons and wife Kathleen, and John Carl Simmons Jr. and wife Nancy; many nieces and nephews; and many beloved friends and extended family members.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date announced by the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to S. Mitchell Mack Hospice House, 1325 Mecklenburg Hwy., Mooresville, NC 28115.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Simmons family. Condolences may be made to the family at