Charles “Charlie” Averill Simms of Hedgesville, West Virginia passed away on Monday July 19th at the age of 84.

Born in Hundred, WV, Charlie served in the paymaster’s office for the United States Army and attended West Virginia University, playing trombone in the marching band and graduating with honors, earning his degree in business administration.

Charlie began his career as a certified internal auditor for Potomac Edison, working his way up through the managerial ranks of a number of well-respected organizations and eventually becoming president of National Ecology, a company devoted to finding sustainable and environmentally beneficial uses for recyclable materials.

Charlie was a faithful member of the Grand Lodge of Free Masons of Maryland and a member the Ali Ghan Shriners for over 50 years. Over his lifetime, he tirelessly devoted his time and talents to the United Methodist Church, serving on and chairing various committees and singing in the choir. In his community, he served on the homeowners’ board at the Woods Resort in Hedgesville. He was also a faithful member of the Potomac Edison Forerunners Club.

Married over 40 years to his love, the late Linda K. Simms, Charlie was a devoted father to his two sons: Brian M. Simms of Catonsville, MD and Eric C. Simms of Virginia Beach, VA, and a loving uncle to his nephew, Gehrig Cosgray of Clarksville, MD and his niece, the recently passed Joyce Cosgray-Vontz of Oakland, MD. Additionally, he is survived by his beloved cousins, Amy Morrow and Abigail Funk.

A kind and generous friend and neighbor, Charlie was lovingly dubbed “The Mayor” of his Arrowhead Ridge neighborhood, and will be remembered for his easy smile, dry wit and gregarious good nature.

Charlie loved doting on his dog Kazie, watching his venerated West Virginia Mountaineers compete in football and basketball, and his yearly vacations to Oak Island, NC with his family.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday September 12, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Hedges Chapel, 668 Mountain Lake Rd. Hedgesville, WV. Fellowship and reception will follow the service with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV.

Arrangements entrusted to Brown Funeral Home of Martinsburg