Obituary from the Glasgow Times – dated 12 May 1949:
Clayton Simmons, 58, assistant postmaster of the Glasgow Post Office for more than 30 years and one of the city’s most highly respected citizens, died early Thursday morning (5 May 1949) at his home on West Cherry Street. He had been ill for about 3 weeks following a heart attack last month.
Funeral services were conducted on Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock at Glasgow Baptist Church, with pastor, Dr. Bradford Curry, in charge. Interment was in the Glasgow Cemetery.
A native of Barren County, Mr. Simmons was born in the 88 section on 21 September 1890. He was the son of the late Capt. JM and Sarah Hamilton Simmons.
Mr. Simmons moved to Glasgow in 1910 and started to work as a clerk in the Post Office under the late WH Jones, postmaster at that time. Within a few years, he was promoted to the position of assistant postmaster under the late Jas. M. Richardson, and served capably in that post for over 30 years. He served in the Glasgow office 39 years.
In addition to his work at the post office Mr. Simmons devoted much of his life to music, both instrumental and choir singing. He was a member of old 88 band and for a time led the 123rd Cavalry Band, Glasgow.
Mr. Simmons was also a historian and had been active in work of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Barren Co. Historical Society. He was a faithful member of the Glasgow Baptist Church.
Known for his integrity of character, Mr. Simmons was held in highest esteem by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. His varied activities, to which he gave unstintingly of himself, earned for him an enviable reputation as a valued friend and fellow worker, in whom dependence and trust could unerringly be placed.
In the business life of Glasgow, as well as in its cultural and civic affairs, his passing leaves a gap not easily bridged. His was a busy life and one marked always by a spirit of interest and cooperation. However, his influence will continue to be felt, influence for good established by his daily dealing with his fellow man and demonstrated in his own life by honesty, helpfulness and by worthy service.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mattaleen Lane Simmons, a son, John Simmons, a sister, Mrs. JH Branstetter, two brothers, Morris Simmons, all of Glasgow, and Joe Simmons, Washington State.