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Bernice Dodson Simmons

January 15, 1923 October 22, 2019
Bernice Dodson Simmons
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Obituary for Bernice Dodson Simmons

Bernice D. Simmons, age 96, of Oak Ridge went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. She was born January 15, 1923 in White County, Tennessee, the daughter of Elmer Dodson and Ida Caroline Wilson Dodson. They moved to Warren County in 1928 and she graduated from Central High in McMinnville, TN in 1939. In 1961 she moved to Oak Ridge and went to work for Acraloc Corp in 1962, where she was employed for thirty-seven and a half years until her retirement in 1999. Her husband, J. F. (Jake) Simmons, worked for Union Carbide. He retired in 1983 and passed away in 1986.
A lifelong Methodist, she was a member of Kern Memorial United Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer of Kern Memorial Wesleyan Service Guild from 1967 to 1971.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, two nieces, and her best friend and co-worker Frances Conley.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Clint and Pat Simmons, of Oak Ridge; two grandchildren, Kimberly Easterday and her husband Kevin of Oak Ridge and Christopher Simmons and his wife Nicole of Knoxville; three great-grandchildren, Audrey Easterday, Connor Simmons, and Hannah Simmons, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Bernice enjoyed square dancing and gemstone mining with her husband. She was an avid bowler, enjoyed playing bingo with her friends, and day trips to Cherokee.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of Commonwealth Senior Living and Caris Hospice for their dedicated and loving care.
Bernice's family will receive friends Monday, October 28, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Weatherford Mortuary followed by funeral service at 8:00 p.m. with the Rev. Donna Hester officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held Tuesday, October 29, 11:00 a.m. at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made in Bernice's name to Kern Memorial United Methodist Church. An online guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.


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Visitation

Monday

28

Oct

7:00 PM 10/28/2019 7:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/28/2019 8:00:00 PM
Weatherford Mortuary

158 South Jefferson Circle
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Weatherford Mortuary
158 South Jefferson Circle Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Funeral

Monday

28

Oct

8:00 PM 10/28/2019 8:00:00 PM
Weatherford Mortuary

158 South Jefferson Circle
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Weatherford Mortuary
158 South Jefferson Circle Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Graveside Service

Tuesday

29

Oct

11:00 AM 10/29/2019 11:00:00 AM
Oak Ridge Memorial Park

1501 Bethel Valley Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Meet at the cemetery in the Garden of Everlasting Life

Oak Ridge Memorial Park
1501 Bethel Valley Road Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Memorial Contribution

Kern Memorial United Methodist Church

451 East Tennessee Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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