The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Poplar Spring Baptist Church, Byromville, Georgia, where the Reverend Marcellus Willis is pastor. The Reverend Willie James Simmons will officiate.
Mr. Hollis Simmons was born May 11, 1928 in Dooly County, Georgia to the late Eli Jones and Millie Oliver Simmons. "Jake," as he was called by family and friends, was preceded in death by four siblings, Ophelia Gary, Zellie B. Felton, Doris White and Lewis Simmons. At an early age, he joined Poplar Spring Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army. After being honorably discharged, he moved to Belleglade, Florida. After fifty years of dedicated service, he retired as a Heavy Equipment Operator. He was married to the late Clara Simmons.
Around 2005, he moved back to his nativeland where he remained until his demise.
Survivors are three sons, John Edward Simmons, Atlanta, Georgia, Ronald Simmons and Ricky Simmons, both of Buffalo, New York; three daughters,Gayell Simmons, Sabrina Simmons, both of Buffalo, New York and Marsha Atkins, Gainesville, Florida; three brothers, Abraham Simmons, Jacksonville, Florida, Elijah SImmons, Byromville, Georgia, and Jimmy "JD" Jones (Delois), Big Spring, Texas; a host of grandchildren; a host of beloved nieces, nephews, including two devoted, Peggy Mackey and Eddie Simmons; a host of other relatives and friends.