Watson-North Funeral Home is honored to be of service and ministry to the family of Margaret Bean Simmons.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”
Mother Margaret Bean Simmons was born in Huntland, Tennessee on July 23, 1922 to the late
Fred and Laura Bean. After one hundred years, a godly life ended on Sunday, July 31, 2022,
Mother heard the voice of Jesus calling her from labor to reward. Without struggle or fear, she
answered His call.
Mother Simmons accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Beans Creek
Primitive Baptist Church where she served faithfully under the leadership of the late Elder
Arnold, Elder Royce Hill and her current pastor Elder Q. O’Brien Wherry. She was a dedicated
member of the kitchen committee, and was later crowned Mother on the Mother’s Board. She
was a member of the Friendship Primitive Baptist Association, Women’s Congress and Mother’s
Union. She was a spiritual prayer warrior whose prayers would ring up heaven. Her passion for
Christ was praising God, hearing the gospel preached, and hearing one of her favorite hymns,
“Father I Stretch My Hand to Thee”. Her current pastor, Elder Q. O’Brien Wherry, referred to
her as the “Queen” of the church. She was always ready to give her testimony about her Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ. Mother Margaret Simmons was a virtuous woman who exemplified a
Christian life before her family and other women.
She was employed at Town and Country Cafe in Huntland and Lanier Clothes in Decherd for
many years. She was also employed by Huntland’s Post Office and The Bank of Huntland. It
was not uncommon to see her wearing a fashionable or casual hat to match her attire. You could
refer to her as “go go” because she loved riding and seeing new sights. Vacations were the
highlight of her life because she could shop until she dropped for sparkling jewelry, glamorous
hats, and matching colorful purses. Her nighttime ritual at bedtime was to apply her “Angel”
perfume. Every morning she would have her morning bible devotion before she started her day.
She could often be found sitting on her porch while admiring her beautiful colorful flowers,
especially her geraniums. She loved putting her children and grandchildren to work preparing
vegetables to be canned or frozen for the winter. On Saturday mornings, you could smell the
aroma of a country breakfast as soon as you walked through the doors, and you knew you were
in for a real treat. She was a cook that made you want more after eating her Five-Flavored Pound
cake, her sweet butter roll, sweet potato pie, fried peach pies, and many other specialties. Her
loving home was always open to friends and family where she greeted them with open arms and
upon leaving she would say, “ I Love You!” She would always stress to her grandchildren to
always be good because your name goes before you!! She was the core of the Simmons family
because of her unwavering faith, dedicated prayers, and unconditional love.
She was united in marriage in 1941 to her late husband, Harvey Joe Simmons, and from his
union eleven children were born.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she is preceded in death by her son, Harvey Jr., and
her daughter, Nellie Mae Woods; brothers, Athen, June, and George Bean. She leaves to cherish
her memories her children, Ruby Jean (Marvin, deceased) Kinslow of Decherd,TN, James Aaron
(Kitty) Simmons of Belvidere,TN, Linda Fay (Floyd,deceased) Farris of Winchester,TN, Sandra
Kay(Odie, deceased) Mastin of Huntland,TN, Freddie Hamilton (Gloria, deceased) Simmons of
Belvidere, TN, Martha Sue (Richard) Dixon, of Huntland,TN, Carnell (Deborah), of Huntland,TN,
Michael (Brenda), of Belvidere,TN, Priscilla Lee (Mark) Thompson, of Madison,TN, and Ronnie Eugene
Simmons, of Huntland,TN. She is also survived by 51 grandchildren, 103 great grandchildren, 37
great-great grandchildren, and 3 great-great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, devoted
friends and neighbors, and a special cousin, Dorothy Amos.
-Obituary submitted by family.
The family will receive friends Wednesday August 3, 2022 between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. and Thursday August 4, 2022 between the hours of 11 and 12 with the funeral service following at 12 p.m. at Watson-North Funeral Home. Internment at Watson-North Memorial Park.