Rest in peace, our phriend Phred

Freddie Lee Simmons, 70, of St. Augustine, passed away on Wednesday, October 17th 2018, peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer.  Freddie was always one of the voices of reason in the city’s first online discussion forums, known on Talk of the Town and Plazabum as “Phred”.

Freddie was born November 13, 1947 in Creswell, North Carolina, the oldest son of Fentress and Doris Rae Simmons. Freddie grew up in Creswell, NC, living there until he joined the Navy in 1966, serving for 8 years. He was stationed in Hawaii and the Philippines and served honorably during three tours in Vietnam. Freddie has been a resident of St. Augustine, FL for 27 years, and was an active member of VFW Post 2391.

Freddie was loved by all who ever met him, and by his family always. Freddie is survived by his wife Mello-Dee, brother Craig Simmons of New Bern, North Carolina and sister Rose Mohler of Afton, Virginia.

A celebration of his life will be held at the St. Augustine VFW Post 2391 at a date to be scheduled later. Donations in his memory can be made to Vets4Vets of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 144, St. Augustine, FL 32085, or to K9s For Warriors at

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