Nellie Woods


 WOODS, Nellie Mae Simmons, age 96, of Winchester, Tennessee. On Monday, May 11, 2020, the Lord saw fit to call home his own, from labor to reward. She was born in Huntland, Tennessee, on Aug. 26, 1923, to the late Harvey Simmons Sr. and Queen Alice Johnson Simmons. Mother Woods was a very devoted and loyal member of the New Hope Church of God in Christ, in Cowan, where she served faithfully under the leadership of Pastor Willie L. Bonner Jr. During her tenure at New Hope COGIC, she was a member of the Mothers Board, President of the Usher Board and member of the Hospitality Committee. She also served on other church auxiliaries within the Women’s Department under the leadership of Mother Verna M. Bonner, Supervisor, Tennessee Eastern Second Jurisdiction. She worked untiringly up until her health began to fail. She always had a pleasant smile and kind words of encouragement for others. She previously attended the Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church on Hunt Street in Winchester. Ms. Woods was employed for many years and retired from the former Lanier Clothing Factory in Decherd. After her retirement, she was employed for several years at Mary Sharp School in Winchester. In addition to her parents, Ms. Woods, was preceded in death by her husband, Celdon Woods. She is survived by her two sons, Apostle Roger (Anita) Woods of Nashville, and J.D. (Kathleen) Woods of Winchester; four daughters, Jessie Reed of Rialto, California, Bobbie Howard of Detroit, Michigan, Betty Ann (Thomas) Rodgers of Madison, and Beatrice (Thomas) Taylor of Decherd; sisters, Ruby Jean Kinslow, Decherd, Sandra Mastin, Martha Sue (Richard) Dixon of Huntland, Priscilla (Mark) Thompson of Madison, Esterine Taylor and Linda Farris, both of Winchester; six brothers, Harvey Simmons Jr., Knoxville, James (Kitty) Simmons, Freddie Simmons, Michael (Brenda) Simmons of Belvidere, Carnell (Deborah) Simmons and Ronnie Simmons of Huntland; sister-in-Law, Mable Trigg, Winchester; 22 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 28 great-great-grandchildren; a devoted niece, Vicenna Trigg of Winchester; devoted friends, Emestine Trimble, Shoma Beasley of Winchester, and Hazel King of Sherwood; a loyal granddaughter, “hairdresser,” Lucretia Woods of Tullahoma; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. A graveside service was held on Friday, May 15, 2020, at Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester, with Elder Leo B. Bonner, officiating and Superintendent Willie L. Bonner Jr., Eulogist. Online condolences may be sent at Grant Funeral Services in charge of the arrangements, 103 Peters Road, Estill Springs, TN 37330. 931-649-3585.