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Clara Mae Simmons

April 15, 1936 ~ February 20, 2019 (age 82)
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Clara Mae Simmons was a rare jewel in the truest sense. She gave freely without asking for anything in return. She liked things to be done the right way; which of course was her way. And
if you did not know how to do something, she would take it upon herself to teach you the correct way. She endured pain without complaining, and in any situation, she found a way to have you rolling in laughter. Clara Mae Simmons was born the first daughter of the late Ralph Hartsfield and Missouri Elizabeth Walker Pryor on April 15, 1936, in Cowan, Tennessee. At the age of twelve, she became a member of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in 1948. Growing up in “The Bottom” in Cowan, Clara Mae kept busy. She took pride in her work and family. She traveled as far south as Birmingham, Alabama, and as for North as Cape Cod, Massachusetts for job opportunities, often accompanied by her beloved sister Mildred Norman (deceased). If she was not working, which was rare, Clara Mae and Mildred hit the road in their identical Plymouth cars. Often, they could be found tearing up the dance floor with their uncle Hubert “Quby” Walker (deceased). Other times, Clara Mae could be seen spending time with her life long best friend Barbara Tate, Oralee Kennerly, special uncle Leon Hartsfield, brother Ralph Hartsfield, and family. As the matriarch, she shared a strong bond with her son, James Pryor Sr., grandchildren La’ Tresia Crockett, James Pryor Jr, and Ed Pryor; and daughter-in-law Lisa Pryor. As a mother, she would often say her son, “James is my heart.” She was a nurturer, providing him with the love that only a mother could give. She was a provider, taking pleasure in giving him the best things that money could and could not buy. Their relationship extended beyond mother and son. As a grandmother, she lavishly loved “her boys” unconditionally and took pride in their achievements. As a mother-in- law, she had a deep connection with Lisa Pryor and extended her motherly love in ways that went beyond traditional relationships.
Clara Mae was a class act that gave her love to all she encountered. She never met a stranger. Whether she was at home or in a convenience store, she found a way to connect with people, which always included laughter. You never had to guess how she felt because she would lovingly and often give her opinion, even if you did not ask. She was wise, providing motivation and insight. She had a generous heart, and strong work ethic that enabled her to fight through anything without complaining. She had a no-nonsense attitude that trusted in the Lord and lived out her faith through her actions. Those who enjoyed and supported her life and will continue to celebrate her legacy are: son James Pryor Sr.; “daughter”-in-law Lisa Pryor; granddaughter La’Tresia Crockett; grandsons James (Dennika) Pryor, Jr. and Ed Pryor; three great-grandchildren Michael Thomas Jr, Maddox Pryor, and Elin Clare Pryor; brother
Ralph (Patricia) Hartsfield; uncle Leon (Brenda) Hartsfield; brother-in-law Lonnie Norman; niece Priscilla Norman; nephew Lonnie Norman Jr.; longtime boyfriend and partner in crime Julian
Winton; devoted friends Barbara Tate and Zeda Norman; Dr. Williams, and a host of family and friends.

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