Irene Marie Simmons was born on September 27, 1936 in Heath, Arkansas to the union of Willie and Jennie Pearl Jennings. She departed this life on Wednesday, March 9th, 2022.
Irene was educated in Calhoun City County Schools, graduating from Jewel Academy High School, and receiving her Bachelors of Science Elementary Education (1959) and Master of Education Administration and Supervision (1987) from Tennessee State University (TSU). She also earned an additional 30 hours above her Masters Degree from TSU.
Irene accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and united in fellowship with Historic First Community Church. She was united in Holy Matrimony to Rev. Harold A. Simmons in 1958, to this union two children were born.
Irene was employed with Metro Nashville Public Schools for over 30 years as an Elementary School Teacher. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, doing crossword puzzles, and reading.
Irene was preceded in death by her loving husband Rev. Harold A. Simmons and parents Willie and Jennie Pearl Jennings, siblings Willie Mae Jennings, Willie Glenn Jennings, and Beautie Bea Shaver.
She leaves to cherish her memories her children Irene “Lisa” Wade, Chris Simmons, grandchildren Cameron Wade, Sydney Wade, Keshun Simmons, and Triniti Simmons, siblings Lonnie (Mentoria) Jennings, Mary Holmes, Willie (Addie) Jennings, Ann Noble, Annie Lee (Steve) Wortham, CW (Ruby) Jennings, Jimmy Dee Jennings, Aileen Miller, Andre’ Jennings, Maureen (Joseph) Taylor, special friend Walter Pope, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Visitation Thursday, March 17, 2022, 5-6:00pm with funeral to follow at Kayne Ave. Baptist Church 1025 12th Ave. South. Interment Friday, March 18, 2022, 10:00am at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.