Johnnie Simmons

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Johnnie E. Simmons PORTSMOUTH - Johnnie Everett (Nottingham) Simmons, 63, born March 17, 1947 peacefully departed this life Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at his home after battling with metastatic lung cancer. Mr. Simmons retired from Portsmouth Public Schools Operations Maintenance Department as its senior painter after more than 27 years of service in June 2009. He was a member of Emanuel AME Church where he faithfully served on the board of trustees and sang in the Voices of Emanuel Choir. He was born in the family house in Portsmouth's Lincolnsville section (Green and Glasgow Streets) and later resided in Ida Barbour, Dale's Homes and lastly the Victory Manor Section of Cavalier Manor. He attended Portsmouth Public Schools and in recent years pursued his GED through Portsmouth Schools' Operations Department Adult Education Program and completed the requirements for the community emergency response team (CERT) before retiring in June 2009. He also completed discipleship classes at Portsmouth's Mount Carmel Baptist Church which gave him knowledge of the Gospel (Romans 1:16). He was an associate member of both Portsmouth and Virginia Associations of Educational Office Professionals and a member of the Portsmouth Branch, NAACP. Mr. Simmons was predeceased by his father, Johnnie Junius "Skip" Simmons of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and a brother, Keith Simmons of Portsmouth; maternal grandmother, Peggy "Pug" Hamilton; maternal great-grandmother, "Mama" Charlotte Foreman; maternal grandfather, "Pappa John" Archer; paternal grandparents, Johnnie and Bertha Simmons; uncles, Amos "Budd" Nottingham, Louis, Alfred, Everett "Irvin" Simmons, and aunt, Margaret (Simmons) Johnson. He leaves to cherish his memory a dedicated wife, Yvette J. Simmons; a loving mother, Carolise N. "Doll Baby" Simmons; an only son and daughter-in-law, Johnnie Antonio Simmons (Tiwanna), Richetta Hinton Simmons; a friend and son's mother; three grandchildren, Johnnie Marquise, Teauna Nicole and Jada Amiyah Simmons; two brothers, Ronnie L. Nottingham (Ethel) of Richmond, Va., Lawrence Simmons of Dallas; and five sisters, Carolyn Green (Thomas), Regina Alleyne (Alvin), both of Portsmouth, Christina Boykin of Chesapeake, Karen (Gary) Tyson of West Hempstead, N.Y., Jada Simmons of Rockville Centre; a very special niece, Brittney Shantel Alleyne of Portsmouth; lifelong friend, Wayne D. Snead of Chesapeake; an aunt, Ernestine Nottingham of Portsmouth; loving and caring in-laws, Claud M. and Isabelle S. Johnson (Connie, Claud Jr., Carole, and Carlton); special friends, Arrington Crump, Trustee of Dunwoody, Ga., William H. White Jr., a cousin, Harrison "J" Johnson III, paint crew and maintenance co-workers, both of Portsmouth; a host of other cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, Portsmouth School District employees, and his Emanuel Church family. The family will receive friends at the Simmons' home, 705 Gust Lane, Portsmouth, VA 23701 and his sister's home (Regina Alleyne and Alvin), 2718 Magnolia St., Portsmouth, VA 23702. Public viewing will be all day Friday, Jan. 7, at Corprew Funeral Home with the homegoing service and celebration Saturday, Jan. 8, at noon in Emanuel AME Church, 637 North St., Portsmouth, VA 23704 with Pastor Granger Flythe presiding. Interment in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Corprew Funeral Home, 1822 Portsmouth Blvd., Portsmouth, VA 23704 in charge. In lieu of flowers, please render a donation to the Emanuel AME Church Capital Improvement Fund in the memory of Johnnie E. Simmons, Trustee Emeritus. Thanks for what each of you have already rendered in our time of sorrow, The Simmons and Nottingham families.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 5, 2011
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