Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Sonja Stella (Biles) Simmons

On Friday, November 22, 2019, Sonja Stella (Biles) Simmons, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away at the age of 70. Sonja was born on May 17, 1949 in Albemarle, NC to Marvin Dennis Biles and Clara (Almond) Biles. On May 31, 1967, she married Warren Lee Simmons. They had three children, Michael Lee, David Lee, and Christina Joy. In 1984 the Simmons Family moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where Lee and Sonja built their flagship radio station, WLOW. Sonja was a Co-Founder and Business Manager of WLOW until they moved back to NC in 2000. Sonja has been honored many times in her life but her most meaningful was the 1990 South Carolina Broadcasters Association award for her professionalism and service to the citizens of the State of South Carolina and to her fellow broadcasters in South Carolina during Hurricane Hugo in 1989; the 1998 Mercy Award in recognition for her outstanding leadership, dedicated service and commitment to the improvement of the quality of life for the Children of St. Mary’s Home; and her numerous ribbons and awards from the Cabarrus Quilt Guild for her gorgeous quilts. Sonja was preceded in death by her father, Marvin, and her mother, Clara. She is survived by her husband Lee, two children, David (Sabrina) and Joy (Brian), her brothers Tony (Joyce), and Dennis (Karen), and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local Hospice organization.

Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle is serving the Simmons family.


  • Johnnie R Faulkner Posted November 25, 2019 10:19 pm

    Prayers for the family.

  • Don Carrick Posted November 25, 2019 11:16 pm

    I am extremely sorry to hear of Sonja’s passing. She was a very sweet person and I always enjoyed talking to her. My thoughts are with her family as I remember her beautiful warm smile. I know she will be missed but always loved.

  • KIMBERLY BUNN Posted November 26, 2019 11:01 am

    Joy and family, although we are so sorry for your grief and pain at the loss of your dear Sonja, we rejoice in a life well lived! We rejoice that she has no more pain and suffering, and we rejoice that she is home with the Lord. May you feel God’s love and comfort during this difficult time and may God grant you all the peace that surpasses all understanding.

  • June Russell Posted November 27, 2019 9:18 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sonja was a sweet lady. I enjoyed going to Reflections On Main and shopping and visiting with her. She would show me pictures of beautiful quilts she made and she helped me paint a Barn Quilt. She was so talented. Praying for your family!

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