Dorothy Jean Clay Simmons
On Monday, September 13, 1943, under the lights of candles (due to an executive order issued during World War II, for no electrical light be turned on) God allowed one of his angles to leave heaven and to be born in Nassau County Fernandina Beach, Florida. The parents of this special child, was the late Eloise Clinch Clay Gibbs and the late Thomas Alberta.
Dorothy attended public school and graduated from Peck High School in 1961. Later in life, she continued her education by earning an Associate Degree in Office Systems Technology from Florida Community College of Jacksonville.
Dorothy was the wife of Joseph Simmons, Jr. (1962-1985), and to that union, two daughters and three sons were given. She excelled at being a wonderful mother and homemaker. Dorothy was an excellent cook, baker, and seamstress. She always had a desire to enter the workforce and was employed at Amelia Island Care Center as the Assistant Administrator for many years. She retired from Cathedral Gerontology Center in Jacksonville, Florida around 2005.
Dorothy loved the Lord, and during her last days, she quoted these words, “All my life I have given God praise….” Over the years she was a member of several churches with the final church being Spirit of Truth Deliverance Ministry, Jacksonville Florida. Dorothy served in many roles in the church such as, girls club coordinator, choir member, ladies ministry and the mother of the church.
On Saturday, July 13, 2019, God made a roll call and peacefully with her children at her side, Dorothy answered the call and left this earthly home.
Dorothy leaves to celebrate her home going: two daughters, Ann Williams (Amos) and Deborah Brown (Kenneth); three sons, Joseph III (Grace), James (Cindi) and Jeffrey Simmons (Veronica); one sister, Mary Brown; one stepsister, Frankie Flowers; adopted sister, Annette Stevens; adopted brothers, Earl Jr., Phalas (deceased) and Timothy Richo (Mayra); she was blessed with fifteen grandchildren, Carla Patterson (Tommy), Dr. Colette Poole-Boykin (Matthew), Justin Shefton, Kenneth, Montreal, Keyada Brown, Nyasha, Dara, Daniel Simmons, Chanelle, Jakeal (deceased) Simmons, Jennishua, Jada, Jeffrey Jr. and Jaxon Simmons; seventeen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The memorial service for Dorothy Jean Simmons will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at the Funerals By T. S. Warden - Samuel C. Rogers, Jr. Memorial Chapel 4315 N Main St. The interment will be private. Please sign the family guest book and view the video tribute @ www.tswarden.com. Arrangements in care of Tyrone S. Warden, FDIC, 4315 N. Main Street, 765-1234
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