Virginia Dodd Whorley Simmons

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Mrs. Virginia Dodd Whorley Simmons, age 99, of Nashville, TN, died on June 21, 2020 , at the home of her daughter, Jannifer Rice. She was five days shy of her 100th birthday.

Mrs. Simmons was born on June 26, 1920 in the Delina Community of Marshall County, TN to Joel Thomas Dodd and Claudie Barnes Dodd. She spent most of her years as a farm wife in Middle Tennessee. She was a skilled seamstress, avid quilter, and excellent cook. She was admirably independent, devoted to family and friends, and a model of Christian virtue.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the Antioch Church of Christ, Nashville, TN, with visitation starting at 9:30. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery at Talley Station near Petersburg, TN. Hickory Chapel in Nashville is handling funeral arrangements.

Survivors include daughters, Jannifer Rice and Beth (Larry) Rozell; step-sons, Alben (Mary Ruth) Simmons, Wayne (Donna) Simmons; 5 grandsons, Jason (Candia), Brett (Clay), and Seth (Laura) Rozell, Jarrett Rice, and David (Melissa) Rice; three step-grandchildren Meredith Anne (Ray) Higgs, Christie (Kevin) Bush, and Jeff (Sarah) Simmons; 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Simmons was preceded in death by her first husband of 44 years, Everett Whorley, and her second husband of 27 years, Coy Simmons. She also was preceded in death by sister Robbie (Marvin) Haislip, niece Mary (S.L.) Collins, son-in-law Larry Rice and great-grandson Campbell Crockett Rozell.

Grandchildren Jason Rozell, Brett Rozell, Seth Rozell, Jarrett Rice, David Rice and great-grandchildren Ford Rozell, Barrett Rozell, Cody Rozell, and Canaan Rozell will be active pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Church of Christ “Disaster Relief,” Antioch Church of Christ Benevolence Fund, or Friends of New Hope Cemetery (c/o First National Bank, 1190 Ellington Parkway, Lewisburg, TN 37091; To - New Hope Cemetery at Talley Station; For - “In memory of Virginia Simmons”)