Mr. Maxie Mitchell Simmons, Jr. (affectionately referred to as Jr., Big Daddy or Pops depending on how you knew him) was born in Eutaw, AL to the proud parents of the late Maxie Mitchell Simmons, Sr. and the late Lula Pearl Webb-Simmons. He was born on July 31, 1948 into a loving Christian family. He had 10 siblings: Luella (Percy) Davis of Eutaw, AL, Milton (Maggie) Busby of Ocala, FL, W. Troy Massey (Sue) of Montgomery, AL, Fred (Irene) Webb, the late Matthew “Sonny” (the late Mattie) Simmons, the late Nora Simmons, the late Mary Lee Simmons-Swift (the late Lawrence Swift), Diane Simmons, Larry Simmons and Tonya Simmons all of Tuscaloosa, AL.
He attended high school at Druid City High School in Tuscaloosa, AL and is a graduate of the Class of 1966. During the years prior to joining the Army he was a strong Civil Rights Activist. He walked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during 1965 and was jailed in Selma, AL due to his strong belief that everyone deserved equal rights. He was also a member of the First African American Baptist Church, and also assisted with signing people of color up for voting. After graduation Maxie joined the United States Army. He is considered to be a real American Hero, as well as being a well decorated Army Disabled Veteran. While serving in the United States Army he served two tours in Vietnam during the apex of the conflict, he was shot and wounded during each tour. For his sacrifice he was awarded two Purple Hearts. On August 9, 1969 he married his spouse of nearly 38 years, Ms. Velma E. Simmons. From this union they gave birth to four daughters: LaTonya Simmons (deceased), Danika (McDaniel “Chuck”) Woods, Montgomery, AL, Maya St. Bernard (Newport News, VA) and Shauna (Melvin, Jr.) Hall of Selma, AL.
He also leaves to cherish his memory eight grandchildren who loved him very much, and he adored them as well. Five granddaughters, Mercedes S. Woods, Jalicia A. St. Bernard, Mekhia S. Woods, Shaniya U. Hall Aziyah A. Hall, four grandsons Chaz A. Majors, Malik S. Woods, Melvin Hall, III and Seon St. Bernard, Jr.
Also left to cherish his memory, are two brothers-in-law: Leopoid (Lucrecia) Welch, Jr. Republic of Panama, Richardo (Lucilla) Welch, Silver Springs, MD. Four sister-in-law: Deanna Welch, Mt. Rainer, MD, Marcia (Karl) Wright, Orangeburg, SC, Shirley Wilson and Claudette Watson, both of Central Islip, NY; along with a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and very devoted and loving special friends Rev. John (Rita) Brooks, William (Yolanda “Yoli”) Johnson, Johnnie (Mattie) Baker, Rico Strong, Sam “Billy” Osborne, Earline Clarke, Karl White, Karl Andrews and Druid City High School Class of 1966.
Massey Memorial Funeral Home3048 Dorchester DrMontgomery, AL 36116(334) 613-1866