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Old 10-03-2008, 03:18 AM
 
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I'm looking for my father. My mother has told me very little. His name is David Simms, his friends call him "Mac". They got married in 1978 in lake Tahoe, Ca, and divorced in 1980. I found the divorce papers. The thing is, she told me he died in a car accident when I was just a year old. I have always asked about him, but she always changes the subject. I also know that they lived in castro valley for a while. I was born in San Leandro. I'm hoping if anyone can help me... I'm an only child, and my relatives are very close to my mother for me to ask them. I have no idea about his family...
Please help me, I need some closure. I'm about to have a family of my own, and I need to Know the truth...
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:22 PM
 
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Is your mother's name Bette?
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:42 PM
 
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Hey, kiddo, this cannot be easy for you, but I have a few suggestions that might help.
Gather as much info as you can... Your father's full name, where was he born, what was the name of his high school, what were his parent's names, names of brothers or sisters, where did he live when he died (are you sure he died, or are you being lied to?)
Join ancestry.com. If you join for a month or so it's not very expensive. Here you will be able to see public records such as birth, death, social security records, military records, etc. which might allow you find some hints which will help you.
The other thing I would say is that if you are mature enough to start your own family, you should be mature enough to demand the factual information you want from those in your family who can help you. If this makes them uncomfortable, so what?
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Old 10-03-2008, 07:00 PM
 
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Do you know his middle name?

Date of birth or approximate age?
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Old 10-03-2008, 07:49 PM
 
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Ancestry.com is expensive for a lot of people. However, many libraries have ancestry.com and you can get on a computer there and find it for free. Free is good. So if you want to do the searching yourself on Ancestry, that may be a route to go.
If you give the people here the information such as date of birth, age, middle name, as Travelingal says, there are people on this site who have been doing this awhile and who can access websites to help you. His SS# may be on the divorce papers. Do NOT post his social security number. Never a good idea.
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Old 10-03-2008, 09:25 PM
 
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I was hoping Avsim would have responded by now. I didn't want to post all this if it was the wrong person.

I found a Mack David Simms that married a Bette Gianopoulos 27 Aug 1978 at Lake Tahoe, NV, both CA residents, but didn't find a corresponding 1980 divorce to verify the connection. Checking that name, I found:
SIMMS, MACK DAVID (Age 57)

Associated names:

SIMMS, MACK C
lived in:

NEW BERN, NC
Possible Relatives:

SIMMS, LISA DIANE (Age 41)
SIMMS, JERRY T (Age 51)
SIMMS, EVELYN P (Age 79)



MACK D SIMMS ( Born Nov 1950)
2935 TUSCARORA RHEMS RD
NEW BERN, NC 28562
(252) 633-3435

That address was supposedly created in 2006.
However.... There's a North Carolina death notice for Mack David Simms born 13 Nov 1950 and died 22 Jun 2002. There is also an obituary for Emmitt Clayton Simms in New Bern NC, his brother, which lists relatives.


Emmitt Clayton Simms
August 13,2005

Emmitt Clayton Simms, 55, of New Bern, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, at his home. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. He retired from Hatteras Yachts after 26 years of service. He also owned and operated Mid Atlantic Propeller. He was a member of the Schlitz Malt Liquor Bowling Team and loved fishing. He was preceded in death by his father, Mack Clayton Simms and his brother, Mack David Simms.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m. at Cotten Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Wiggs officiating. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park with military honors.
Emmitt is survived by his loving wife, Eleanor J. Simms; son, Jonathan Clayton Simms of New Bern; daughter, Toni Simms Price and her husband, Allen, of Pollocksville; his mother, Evelyn Price Simms; brother, Jerry Thomas Simms and his wife, Barbara, of Pollocksville; sister, Lisa Dianne Simms of New Bern; and grandchildren, Zackary, Austin and Savannah Price.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cotten Chapel and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Community Home Health Hospice, P.O. Drawer 12610, New Bern, NC 28561.
The family wishes to thank all those who assisted during Emmitt's illness especially Community Home Health Hospice for all of their hard work and dedication. The Simms family is being assisted by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.


I did a reverse search on the phone number above and got the same address, but it's assigned to an Andrew Bauer.


Hopefully, Travelingal2 and Susan can prove I've got the wrong guy.
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:08 AM
 
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I sent her an e-mail asking her to come back to the board.
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:18 AM
 
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I could not find a Mack David Simms on SSDI, but I did find these:
MACK C SIMMS
BORN: 29 Dec 1927
DIED: 17 Mar 2002 (V)
LAST RESIDENCE: 28562 (New Bern, Craven, NC)
SS# ISSUED IN: North Carolina


MACK J SIMMS
BORN: 11 Jun 1928
DIED: 16 Nov 2003 (V)
LAST RESIDENCE: 27893 (Wilson, Wilson, NC)
SS# ISSUED IN: North Carolina
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:33 AM
 
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Here is some family....

Lisa D Simms (Possible Aunt)
874 Simmons Loop Rd
New Bern, NC 28562-6553
(252) 224-1268http://www.whitepages.com/static/common/trans.gif (broken link)

Eleanor J Simms (Possible Aunt)
713 OLD POLLOCKSVILLE RD
NEW BERN, NC 28562
(252) 633-4098

I also found that this Mack was known to have resided in:

NEW BERN, NC
MOREHEAD CITY, NC
BEAUFORT, NC
HAYWARD, CA


Also on the Social Security Death Index:
EVELYN P SIMMS Born: 27 Nov 1928 Died: 17 Jun 2006 (V)28562 (New Bern, Craven, NC) Issued: North Carolina
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Old 10-04-2008, 09:57 AM
 
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The one I found isn't in the SS index, Susan, just in the NC index, which gives his SS number. Not everyone is in the SS index. If there are no dependants to claim a benefit or no current benefits to cease, they sometimes aren't notified.

Mack C appears to be the father of the one I found, TG, and that Simmons Loop address comes up as an older address of both father and son.
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