The H. Clifton Simmons III Memorial Fund was founded in 2019 in memory of Dr. H. Clifton Simmons III. Dr. Simmons 69, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Elizabeth, and his daughter, Michelle. He is survived by his wife, Joan; his daughter, Megan (Erich); his son, Matthew; two brothers, Nathan, David; sister, Eva; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Dr. Simmons practiced dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee for forty years. He had faculty appointments as an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and assistant clinical professor at Vanderbilt University Medical School. Dr. Simmons was a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and the American Board of Orofacial Pain. He was a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, the Tennessee Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Academy of Dentistry International. He has served as president of the Tennessee Dental Association, Nashville Dental Society, Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry, Tennessee CRANIO, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, and American Board of Craniofacial Pain. Dr. Simmons was an accomplished editor receiving many awards and holding numerous editorial appointments including the Journal of the Tennessee Dental Association and the International College of Dentists USA Section. He was honored with many awards including the Tennessee Dental Association’s Jack Wells Dedication to Dentistry Award, the highest award given by the TDA, and the Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry’s Dentist of the Year Award. Dr. Simmons authored numerous publications, and presented his professional work across the world. He inspired and mentored many medical professionals with his sincere passion, and he helped thousands of patients in his practice.
In addition to his work in dentistry, Dr. Simmons served in many leadership roles as a Deacon at Woodmont Baptist Church. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed vacations in Key West, Florida. His family and friends are grateful to have shared in his life and laughter.
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