Feb. 26, 1956 – Oct. 4, 2020
Belinda Gail Howard Simmons was born Feb. 26, 1956, to the late Fleet “F.L.” and Viola Howard in Tylertown. She died Oct. 4, 2020, at her home.
A graveside service was Oct. 7, 2020, in the Mt. Moriah MBC Cemetery in Tylertown, Apostle Clayton Bullock officiating with interment in the church cemetery.
She joined Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and remained until her health failed. In 1973, she graduated from Tylertown High School and then furthered her education at Jackson State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood development. She worked for Lexie Headstart/Pearl River Valley Opportunity for 17 years as a teacher.
She was married to Lonnell Simmons and to this union two children were born. She was preceded in death by her mother, Viola Howard and father, Fleet “F.L.” Howard; brother, LaVoice “Doy” Howard.
Survivors are two daughters, Kensasha (Josua) Simmons-Hooker of Baton Rouge, and Kim Simmons of Tylertown; two grandchildren, Aasharryia and Aamairaini Hooker of Baton Rouge; one sister, Darlene Holmes of Tylertown; four sisters-in-law, Mary Nell (LaVoice) Howard of Tylertown, Patricia Magee of Grand Rapids, MI, Mary Katherine Sullivan of Franklinton, and Shelia Simmons of Atlanta, GA; three brothers-in-law, Gilford Simmons of McComb, Otney Simmons, Jr., and Perry Simmons both of Franklinton.
Craft-Ginn was in charge of the arrangements.