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Barbara Lynn Simmons

by Minden Press-Herald

Barbara Lynn Simmons of Brackettville, Texas, passed away peacefully  with family by her side, joining her beloved Neal, on March 20, 2024. She  was born to parents Finis and O’Neil Langheld on December 6, 1941.  Minden, Louisiana, was home throughout her childhood, spending it with  her sisters, Bobbie and Sandra.  

A chef at heart and in practice, Barbara fed many mouths and souls  through her culinary gift. She picked up an international culinary flare via  her travels throughout Southeast Asia and Europe while living abroad in  her twenties and thirties. She opened many “Barbara’s” restaurants  stretching from South Carolina to Texas, with the most recent being  Barbara’s Table in Brackettville, Texas.  

Barbara met the love of her life, Neal, in her later years. Married at 40,  Neal adopted her son Caric Biles. They then expanded their family with a  second son, Barkley Simmons. Neal both supported and shared in  Barbara’s culinary gift with their Louisiana and Texas restaurants. Caric  and Barkley both later joined their parents in the family’s Texas  restaurants.  

Never meeting a recipe she couldn’t put a personal touch to, Barbara also  never met a room she couldn’t revamp and added an elegant and  sophisticated country look to each home Neal remodeled for them. Every  place they called home was made beautiful by Barbara’s personal design  touch – the most recent being their historic late 1800’s rock building in the  heart of Brackettville. They transformed the building from their former  restaurant by remodeling it into a primary residence with the commercial  kitchen remaining, along with Barbara’s passion and love for good food.  

Barbara Simmons lived a full life, cooking up a storm for patrons well into  her seventies. She was proud of her family and her and Neal’s hard work.  She is survived by her sister, Sandra Chanler, and husband, Bert of  Minden, her son Barkley Simmons, and daughter-in-law Amanda, of  Brackettville, Texas, all of whom invite you to share your memories at her  Celebration of Life to be held on the lawn at the Simmons residence in  downtown Brackettville, 112 North Street, at 3:00 pm March 30, 2024. 

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