Fannie May was born on December 15, 1928, in Trenton, New Jersey, to Annie and Willie Green. She was the third of nine children born to her parents. She graduated from Trenton Central High School. At the age of 21 she met and married Lonnie Simmons, Jr., a young soldier from Statesboro, GA. The marriage eventually ended in divorce.
Fannie became a Seventh-day Adventist shortly after her first two children were born. Over time, she held numerous church positions including Church Clerk, Sabbath School Superintendent, Children's Choir Director, Vacation Bible School Director and Missionary Volunteer Leader. She later attended college and earned a certificate in Early Childhood Education. Fannie lived and worked in New Jersey and the Washington DC area before retiring and moving to Statesboro, GA and finally to Largo, Florida.
Fannie Simmons passed away on June 4, 2018 at the age of 89 and leaves behind four daughters: Ayaana Shepherd (John), Trudy Simmons, Bonita
Simmons-Johnson (Richard), Michele Troupe (Ollie); five grand-daughters: Ayaana K. Johnson (Nicolas), Rahel Biru, Azizah Classe (Ryan), Teresa and Meagan Johnson, and two great grand-children, Ayaana and Nicholas’ daughters, Kennedy and Delaney. Fannie is also survived by her youngest sister, Patricia Hicks, as well as a myriad of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many brothers and sisters in Christ. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Central Avenue Chapel in St. Petersburg is serving the family.