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A celebration of life for Lessie O’Dean Simmons, 79, will be 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Anniston Meeting Center. Reverend Isaac Richardson will officiate. Interment will be in the Morning Star Cemetery, Talladega. Ms. Simmons will lie in state at the meeting center one hour prior to the service. The celebration will continue at the meeting center a 5:00 p.m.

Ms. Lessie O’Dean Richardson Simmons was born on January 29, 1939 in Talladega, Alabama to the late Ollie Richardson and the late Minnie Lee Barkley Richardson.

At an early age, Ms. Simmons united with Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church and later with Word Alive International Outreach in Anniston, Alabama. She was a graduate of R. R. Moton High School in Sycamore, Alabama. Lessie retired from Anniston Sportswear with twenty years of service.

Lessie lived to nurture and witness the growth and progression of four generations of her offspring. On Saturday, January 19, 2019, Ms. Simmons received her call to be with the Lord. She was preceded in death by two children, Calvin Eugene Simmons and infant daughter Simmons; parents, Ollie and Minnie Lee Richardson; two sisters, Jessie Lee Butler and Mary Frances Menefield; and four brothers, Ollie Richardson, S. T. Richardson, Melvin Richardson and Langford Richardson.


Lessie leaves to mourn her passing: four daughters, Gloria Simmons (Mallory) Moret of Atlanta, Georgia, Cassandra Simmons (Jerome) Harris of Fairbanks, Alaska, Cathy (Hueldon) Jackson of Talladega, Alabama and Carolyn (Vaughn) Monroe of Anniston, Alabama; fifteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; four sisters, Helen (James) McGhee of Clayton, Alabama, Dorothy Joshua of Detroit, Michigan, Laura Welch and Thelma Estelle of Talladega, Alabama; one brother, Homer (Ola) Richardson of Decatur, Georgia; three aunts, Lillie Taylor of Gadsden, Alabama, Dorothy Roberson of Talladega, Alabama and Jessie Handley of Detroit, Michigan; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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  • Friday, January 25, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
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  • Friday, January 25, 2019
    Cousin, you will be missed.
    ~ Pam Handley - Cousin   Munford, TN
  • Friday, January 25, 2019
    Your memory will always be with me. You are now and forever will be loved.
    ~ Jessie Handley - Aunt   Munford, TN
  • Friday, January 25, 2019
    Rest peacefully.
    ~ Bobby Handley   Munford, TN
  • Friday, January 25, 2019
    You will always be in our hearts. May God bless you all.
    ~ Dorothy and Sharon Roberson   Talladega, AL
  • Friday, January 25, 2019
    You're in my thoughts and prayers.
    ~ Trey Bester   Talladega, AL
  • Friday, February 8, 2019
    To the family: My sincere condolences for your loss. Losing a loved one is so painful because death is not natural and we will never get used to it. But, ALMIGHTY GOD,JEHOVAH, gives us the hope of seeing our loved ones again through a resurrection right here on the earth.(John 5:28,29) What a wonderful hope to look forward to! May you find comfort in the Bible's promise at Revelation 21:3,4, which states in part, "death will be no more." May the love of our loving CREATOR, family and friends along with prayers and the many memories carry you through this difficult time.