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Bessie Mae Simmons

October 21, 2020


We celebrate the life and memory of Mrs. Bessie Simmons whose death occurred Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at her residence under the care of Hospice Savannah, Inc. 

July 27, 1945 was the beginning of life for Bessie Mae Stripling born in Savannah, GA. to the late Charles Stripling and Carrie Bell Bennett-Stripling.

Bessie was educated in the public-school system of Savannah, Georgia, alumnus of Thompkins High School Class of 1964. Bessie had a compassionate heart and always willing to lend a helping hand. Bessie was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her five sons and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Grandmother.

Bessie had a lively personality and always made people around her laugh especially about “back in the day.” She made friends everywhere she went and had a knack for telling it like it is. Bessie loved Bakers Pride raisin sticks and her morning coffee.  Bessie lived a full life, she never knew what it was to fail, she never knew what it was to be too old or too tired to do anything. She was not afraid of anyone or anything.

At an early age, she gave her life to Christ and became a member of Stout Chapel CME Church.  Forty-eight years ago, Bessie married the love of her life Leroy Simmons and to this union five sons (Joseph, Allen, Jermaine, Charles, and Kareem) was raised, with unconditional love and support, while teaching them the importance of hard work and taking care of themselves and their families.

Bessie was predeceased by brothers, Charles and Larry Stripling; sisters, Betty Stripling, Gertrude Washington and Elise Kimble.

Bessie proved that she was a strong woman, even in illness, she fought until she heard the Lord say, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant!” On October 21, 2020 the angles begin to sing Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy. God touched Bessie and said, “the battle has been won,” He stopped her heart of compassion, wiped her tears, closed her eyes, and ushered her home.

Remembering Bessie Mae Simmons with tears of love, joy and affection are: husband, Leroy Simmons; sons, Joseph(Laverne)Stripling, Allen(Mary)Stripling, Jermaine(Lyvonna)Simmons, Charles Simmons, and Kareem(Valerie)Simmons; sister, Geraldine(Author)Stripling-Beach; mother-in-law, Sophie Simmons; sisters-n-law, Sadie Mae(Billy)Brown; Shirley(Jerome)Roberts, Audrey Brown, Gilda(Joe Jr.)Stripling, Elaine Patterson, Deborah Simmons, Catherine Mack-Spaulding, Patricia Adams, Helen Tate, and Cynthia  Hamilton; brothers-n-law, Thomas(Earlyn)Simmons, Elliott(Grace) Simmons, Jackie(Christina)Simmons, Rex Simmons, Eric Simmons and Rufus Nicky Peter; Grandchildren, Janel and Jamal Stripling, Renee(Phillip)Brown, Kearia Simmons, Carldre and DreQuan Chisholm; Great-Grandchildren, Au’Bree and Amari Brown; a special niece/caregiver Dawn(Raphel)Beach; a godson, Jackie(Sheena)Moore; goddaughter, Kimberly Teasley.  She also left behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loyal friends.

Public viewing will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2020 at Campbell & Sons Funeral Home (124 W. Park Ave. Savannah, GA)

Graveside service will be held 12 noon Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Whitehall Cemetery (Hwy 25 Port Wentworth, GA) 

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