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Graveside Service

Riverside Cemetery
Wednesday August 29th, 2018

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Interment at: Riverside Cemetery

Riverside Cemetery
Wednesday August 29th, 2018

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Frances Jean Simmons

Jean Simmons, age 89, of Sylva passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in Asheville, NC after a very brief illness. She was born on June 1, 1929 in Macon, GA. She was married to the late Silas J. Simmons and was the daughter of the late A. R. and Lillie H. Chance. 

Most of Jean’s professional years were spent providing guidance, love and encouragement to the youth of her communities. She was a member of the Faith Bible Class of Mabel White Baptist Church in Macon, Ga.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was also preceded in death by one son; Silas J. Simmons II, one sister; Natalie “Talie” Chance and one son-in-law; Markus Asbell.

Jean is survived by two daughters; Adicia Asbell and Sandra (Terry) Yates and one son; Si (Cindi) Simmons. She is also survived by three grandchildren; Abi (David) Wright, Molly (Kaiser Gerhardt) Asbell and Jackson Simmons and fiancé Nicole Peterson, and one great grandchild; Poppy Wright.

Jean requested a graveside service in Macon, Ga. The service will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Riverside Cemetery, 1301 Riverside Dr., Macon, GA with Pastor Steve Johnson officiating.  Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery.

She also requested a Celebration of Life to be held sometime afterward in her favorite time of the year, Fall in the mountains. Details will be announced at a later time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Smoky Mountain High School, Athletic Department, Attn: Adam Phillips at 100 Smoky Mountain Drive, Sylva, NC 28779 or to Mountain Projects Head Start Program at 2177 Asheville Rd. Waynesville, NC 28786.

An online registry is available at: www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

Appalachian Funeral Services is serving the family.

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I am so very sorry to see this-just read the newspaper. I was thinking of Jean as I worked in the garden a few days ago, wondering how she was as I had not seen her in some time. I will miss our talks when she stopped and admired the flowers. She was always full of news of Jackson. Maggie

Maggie Moffat Aug 29 2018 12:00 AM

We were sad to read of Mrs. Simmons' passing. Sorry we didn't see it until too late to attend the graveside service this morning. We pray that your memories will bring you peace and comfort!

Larry and Kathy Smallwood Aug 29 2018 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry to read of Ms. Simmons passing. She was a wonderful and kind lady who loved her family very much. She will be missed by many. My sincere condolences and prayers.

Barbara Jennings Johnson Aug 29 2018 12:00 AM

Jean and Silas were my good S&S friends of which I have many happy memories. Your family will be in our prayers. Randy and Shirley

Randall and Shirley Douthit Aug 29 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry ... Praying for you all..

Lisa McMahan Aug 29 2018 12:00 AM

Prayers for all of you. Jean was a wonderful person.

Kathy & Stan Green, Lauren/Colby Aug 28 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Frances Simmons

Kathy & Stan Green, Lauren/Colby Aug 28 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Adicia, Sandra, Si and your families, Was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. There are lots of memories of Jean (and y'all ) when we gathered for the family reunions back at the pond house in Statesboro. Please know that y'all are in my thoughts and prayers . Love, Leitha

Leitha S.Morris Aug 28 2018 12:00 AM

Si, Cindy, and Jackson, you have my sympathy. Hold on to the wonderful memories. Love and Prayers. Elizabeth Stillwell

Elizabeth Stillwell Aug 28 2018 12:00 AM

Dear friend Im sorry to hear of your loss. I know this isnt easy and youre going to have both good and bad days. John 11:35 speaks of how Jesus himself gave way to tears when his close friend Lazarus died, but we have a wonderful hope-Never forget it! Jehovah gives hope of everlasting life found atJohn6:40 - cling to it. Let it motivate you to put even more faith in Jehovah for he is a God that keeps his promises.

kay Aug 28 2018 12:00 AM

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