Anderson Simmons, Jr. began his journey through life on Thursday, March 22, 1956 in Emporia, Virginia. He was one of seven children born to the parentage of the late Anderson Simmons, Sr. and Ida Simmons.
Affectionately known as ‘Shag’ of ‘Junie Flip’, Anderson was educated in the public schools of Greensville County, Virginia. He made his home in Emporia, where he worked in the logging industry, until his health declined. Anderson enjoyed spending quality time with his family and friends; and indulging in a good hot meal. In his spare time, he could be found at any given time on the banks of his favorite fishing hole.
I’ve finished life’s chores assigned to me, So put me on a boat headed out to sea. Please send along my fishing pole, For I’ve been invited to the fishin’ hole. Where every day is a day to fish, To fill your heart with every wish. Don’t worry, or feel sad for me, I’m fishin’ with the Master of the sea. We will miss each other for awhile, But you will come and bring your smile. That won’t be long you will see, Till we’re together you and me. To all of those that think of me, Be happy as I go out to sea. If others wonder why I’m missin’, Just tell ‘em I’ve gone fishin’. On Friday, January 29, 2021; while in the care of Bon Secours Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, Emporia, Virginia, our dear loved peacefully set out on his final fishin’ expedition. In addition to his parents, Anderson is preceded in death by: one sister, Avie Hodo and four brothers, Malvin Lee Simmons, Clifton Simmons, Calvin Stokes and Michael Barner.
The timing was not ours… the situation not ideal. You fought a heavy fight, In time our hearts shall heal. You deserve to take your rest, This is something we all know, You are in a better place, But inside we don’t want you to go. Rest easy in the Lord, One day we’ll meet again, Forever you’ll be our hero, Your story shall never end and will forever live on in the hearts of: one daughter, Shalita Washington of Richmond, Virginia; two sons, Martavious and Raphael Harris both of Emporia, Virginia; seven grandchildren, Amaya, Amari, Tashawn, Lil’Tavious, Kendaliyah, Keyvante and Ryelle; brother, Larry Simmons ( (Angela) of Chesapeake, Virginia; three sisters, Katherine Simmons of Norfolk, Virginia, Sheila Turner of Emporia, Virginia and Hazel Ussery Byrd (Tommy) of Garysburg, North Carolina; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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