JEANERETTE — Funeral services for Rev. John Simmons Sr., 83, will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at The First Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jeanerette. Pastor Arthur Lee Alexander, officiating.  Interment will follow at Beau Pre Cemetery.  The visitation will begin at 8 a.m. at the church on Monday until the time of service.

Rev. John Simmons Sr., loving father, pastor and friend, peacefully passed away on Jan. 15, 2009, at home with his family.  A United States Navy World War II Veteran who believed in love of God, family and country.  He was born to Junious and Bessie Mae Thomas Simmons on March 3,1925 in Patoutville,  where he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and where Rev. Joseph Clay Jr. Baptized him in 1947 at Mt Carmel Baptist Church. He attended Jeanerette Colored Elementary School, Iberia Parish Adult Education Schools, the United Baptist Theological Seminary, Extension School of Monroe and Leland College Department for Christian Training at Baker, LA.

On Aug. 28, 1952, John was united in marriage to Delta Mae JeanBaptiste of Jeanerette. Three years after this union Brother Simmons was called into the Ministry.  He was licensed to preach by the Rev. A.D. Teno Jr. at First Jerusalem Baptist Church in 1959. Thereafter he was ordained by the Union Sixth District Baptist Association by Dr. H.M. Jones, President and Rev. C E Baptiste of the First Jerusalem Baptist Church.  Having served as president of the Evangelical Board, Pastor of St. Thomas Baptist Church, Neco Town, Good Hope Baptist Church, Patterson and The First Jerusalem Baptist Church, Jeanerette, Pastor Simmons acted accordingly to the dictates of his ministry, providing spiritual guidance to those in need.

Rev. John Simmons Sr. was an active member in the community; civically, politically and most certainly spiritually.  He was Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 744 in Jeanerette where he established “The Good Samaritan House”, an outreach center for young boys. A place where youth from broken homes were made to feel welcome. He was a past president of Citizens United for a better community, the Parent Teacher Association a Francis Boley High. The Jeanerette Church Alliance, Goals Planning Committee and Human Relations Committee. He prayerfully served his community in various capacities under the administration of five mayors.

The father of 11 living children. Six sons, Rev, John Simmons Jr. and his wife Rita; Anthony and his wife Hattie and sons; Jarrard and Jared; Joseph, son Christopher, and wife Sherry-Ann; David, Andrew, Junious and his wife Valecia; daughter, Mya and son Isaiah, five daughters, Constance, Gail and her daughter Nicole; Bessie, Elaine, Christine and her husband Whitney Dabney. Beloved and extended family of nieces, nephews, godchildren, other relatives and close friends.

Rev. John Simmons Sr. was preceded in death by his mother and father, stepmother Bernice, and stepfather Ezekiel brothers; Joseph and Harry Wagner, Ezekiel and Willie Jay Anderson active pallbearers will be sons of the decease. Honorary pallbearers will be Ministers of the Gospel and Deacons of First Jerusalem Baptist Church.

Alex Lovett Funeral Services Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

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