Jimmie Lee Simmons, age 77, passed away at his home in Waxahachie on Oct 8, 2017. Jim was born to Hubert Lee Simmons and Lavauda Estelle (Kerby) Simmons in Dallas on 12-16-1939. They moved to Ellis County to farm in the early 1940's and lived in the Five Points and Forreston area. Jim graduated from Forreston High School in 1958. He served in the Texas Air National Guard until April 1963, living in Dallas and then Arlington while working at the General Motors Assembly Division in Arlington. He returned to live in Ellis County in the late 1960's where he was active in church, the Republican Party, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and a founding member of TAGG (Taxpayers Alliance For Good Government) and The Tea Party of Ellis County.
Whether he was involved in history or politics, he always believed our government received its power from the governed and, therefore authored the weekly column "Simply Speaking" in the Ellis County Press about local, state, and national politics working to get truly conservative politicians elected. He was also recently active (until his cancer diagnosis) in HalleluYah Hebrew Roots Fellowship in Waxahachie as well as Am Israel Chai in Angel Fire, NM.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one of his two favorite aunts, Iva Sue Simmons Wright, and his little sister Mary Kay Simmons. He is survived by his other favorite aunt, Billie Nell Kerby Pitts of McKinney, sisters Doris Evelyn Howard of Toluca Lake, California, Lanita Faye and her husband Johnny Williams of Longview, Texas, Wanda June and husband Fred Bierman of Chino Valley, Ariz, Nancy Jane Simmons of Sachse, TX and numerous cousins, and nieces and nephews, son Markel Lee Simmons and his wife Lana of College Station, grandchildren Jessica Lea Simmons, Patrick Ellis Simmons, Kenneth Allen Simmons from various parts of Texas, wife Nancy Margaret Simmons, step-son Clifton Thomas, and step-daughter Jennifer and her husband Chad Ballew all 3 of Dallas.
Graveside service will be provided by Boze Mitchell McKibbin Funeral Home at the Forreston Cemetery on October 11, 2017, at 2:00 P.M. with Kimball White officiating.
Jim will "sleep" beside his father and little sister, as well as an aunt, uncle, and cousins until the Messiah Yahshua calls them to "rise up" in the resurrection. Eph 5:14 Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead...