Jesse Simmons

Jesse Varn Simmons

Aug 7, 1943 - Aug 3, 2020
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Jesse Simmons died August 3, 2020 at Grant Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, following complications from orthopedic surgery at the age of 76. He was born August 7, 1943, in Moscow, Arkansas; and migrated to Toledo, Ohio at the age of 8 with his grandparents. Jesse was a 1962 graduate of Jesup W. Scott High School. He was joined in holy matrimony with Martha Jackson in 1967. He faithfully served in the US Army from 1965 to 1971 when he was honorably discharged. The importance of education was instilled in him by his grandparents. He later went on to become the first college graduate in his family by earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in 1980 while being employed full-time with The Dana Corporation. He retired from The Dana Corporation in 1998 after 34 years of service in a variety of positions, including Director of Minority Supplier Development.

Jesse was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Jesse loved playing golf with his friends and was an avid sports enthusiast, enjoying football and basketball, including the infamous Cleveland Browns and his all-time favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was a faithful member of City of Refuge First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio. Jesse was preceded in death by grandparents Junior and Semolia Simmons, parents, James Simmons, Sr. and Vashti Dennis, sister, Mary Ellen Woods (Charles), brothers, Claudell Turner, Wardell Simmons, and James Simmons, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Martha, daughters Pamela and Kristen , granddaughter D’Asia, sister, Semolia Gaston and brother, Michael Richardson.

Visitation will be Friday August 7th at 9AM, followed by private Celebration of Life service at 10AM officiated by Bishop Timothy J. Clarke (FCOG Columbus, Ohio), at House of Day Funeral Home, 2550 Nebraska Avenue Toledo, Ohio. Interment will follow at Historic Woodlawn Cemetery. The service is private due to Covid but will be live streamed via, which will have a watch link posted 10 minutes prior to service. There are no restrictions on visitation or interment but please wear a mask.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the First Church of God, memo: Scholarship Fund, in honor of Jesse Simmons. First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232, Attn: Finance Department. Scholarship info
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  • Visitation

    August 7, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    August 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    The House of Day Funeral Services Chapel
    2550 Nebraska Avenue
    Toledo, Ohio 43607
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Visitation service will allow for people to come for a few minutes and leave, allowing for the 50 family to be seated at funeral time.
  • Service

    August 7, 2020 | 10:00am
    August 7, 2020 10:00am
    The House of Day Funeral Services Chapel
    2550 Nebraska Avenue
    Toledo, Ohio 43607
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Due to COVID 19 Funeral Services are limited to 50 family members only. This service will be Live Streamed on Facebook, starting at 10:00 am Friday.
  • Interment

    August 7, 2020 | 11:30am
    August 7, 2020 11:30am
    Woodlawn Cemetery
    1501 W. Central Avenue
    Toledo, Ohio 43606
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Chrissy Davidson

Posted at 12:44pm
We will miss Jesse. I will miss at the door on the west side of the building. I will miss ushering you to your seat. He was a nice person. Edmund enjoyed talking with him about golf. Praying for you and your family.

God Bless

Edmund Davidson

Posted at 10:25am
You will be dearly missed my friend. Regardless if its cracking jokes on the golf course, or discussing nonsense at church, you were a man of integrity and honesty. We were both blessed to get to know you.

Michelle Sutton

Posted at 09:07am
May God bless you and keep you close. I pray that you will find comfort in faith, family, friends and the memories that you will hold forever. Rest In Peace Mr. Simmons.

Greta Jordan

Posted at 08:26am
Sending my love, prayers, and condolences during this difficult time. God bless.

Irving & Christina Santiago

Posted at 12:55pm
We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
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