PONTOTOC – Mittie Moore Jones Simms, 89, died Saturday, March 15, 2014. She was the wife of Dr. B.T. Simms Jr. for 66 years. She was born June 14, 1924, to Dr. Benjamin Franklin Jones and Katie Belle Tate Jones. She graduated from Auburn High School and earned her bachelor's degree in interior design from Auburn University in 1944, then her master's degree in education from the University of Mississippi in 1976. She taught fine arts at Auburn while her husband was in veterinary school and later taught reading at South Pontotoc Elementary School. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Pontotoc, where she served as the church pianist; she also served as pianist at Green Valley Baptist Church for several years. She was a member of Pontotoc Music Study Club, a past Regent of the Pontotoc Hills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Pontotoc Historical Society. She designed the Pontotoc afghan for the Historical Society fundraiser as well as pen-and-ink drawings of six historical sites in Pontotoc for the Historical Society notecards.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband; her daughter, Susan Simms Weatherholt (Richard Thomas Weatherholt) of Brandon; her son, Bennett Thomas Simms III of Pensacola, Fla.; one sister, Kate Brown of Greenville, Ala.; three grandchildren, Whitney Susan Weatherholt of Pontotoc, Courtney Simms Weatherholt of Brandon and Annaliese Elizabeth Simms Cothron (Matthew) of San Antonio, Texas; two great-great-grandchildren, Kelsie Leanne Cothron and McCartney Rose Cothron; and her caregivers, Linda Pinson, Tonya Green, Earma Satterwhite, Whitney Weatherholt and Janice Woodruff.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Patterson, Tommy Wood, Jimmy Wise, George Stegall, Billy Montgomery and Ellis Reeder.
Visitation will be at the First Baptist Church from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.