Mary Simmons

Mary Rachel Simmons

Mary Rachel Simmons, age 95 of Murfreesboro, passed away Friday, December 14, 2012 at her home. She was born to the late Edgar Morris Smythia and Maggie Olen Avaritt Smythia.

She was a homemaker, a babysitter for many years, attended Assembly of Christ Church, and a native and lifelong resident of Rutherford County.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Jack Simmons; sons, William "Pete" Simmons and J.W. Simmons; daughter, Ada Jane Simmons; brothers, Jimmie Lee Smythia, Willie Smythia, and Lester Smythia; and sister, Odessa Edwards.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Frances James, and son, David Simmons, both of Murfreesboro; seven grandchildren, Tera M. Simmons, David Simmons, Jr., B.J. Simmons, Danielle Simmons, Bryan Wesley Curran, Pete Simmons, and Jenny Simmons, all of Murfreesboro; five great grandchildren; two sisters, Rosa Robinson of California, and Dorothy Tanner of Florida; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Bobby Evans.

Visitation with the family will be Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Murfreesboro Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Monday, December 17, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Murfreesboro Funeral Home with Brother Jim Avaritt and Pastor Raymond Allbright officiating. Burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Linebaugh Public Library or . Special thanks for her care givers, Sybil Franks and Donna Roberts.

Those wishing may send condolences online at

Murfreesboro Funeral Home, 145 Innsbrooke Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN, (615) 896-2229.

Funeral Home

Murfreesboro Funeral Home - Murfreesboro
145 Innsbrooke Blvd Murfreesboro, TN 37128

Published in The Daily News Journal on Dec. 15, 2012