She was the daughter of the late Willie David Chestnutt and Dixie Long Chestnutt. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Allie Thomas “A.T.” Simerly; and her brother, Samuel L. Chestnutt.
She had lived most of her time in Cleveland at the North Cleveland Towers after moving here, about nine years ago, to be close to her daughter, her son-in-law and grandson.
She was a sweet spirit and a friend to all who knew her. She loved the Lord with all her heart and her faith in Him was steadfast and rock solid.
She loved to sing and frequently did so with her friends at the North Cleveland Towers for their weekly sing-a-longs, and also led the singing for the church service there at the towers on Sundays. She loved beautiful flowers and plants, was an avid gardener for years and grew the prettiest African violets you’ve ever seen. She enjoyed embroidery and playing the piano, which she did by ear.
She is survived by two sons: Thomas Allen “Tom” Simerly and his wife, Kitsie, of Dallas, and Timothy Charles “Tim” Simerly and his wife, Lisa, of Sasser, Ga.; two daughters: Melissa Clare Wilson and her husband, David Blair Wilson, of Cleveland and Anna Rose Glenn and her husband, Shea, of Ochlocknee, Ga.; sister, Mildred Chestnutt Willis of Cleveland; her precious grandchildren and great grandchildren: Lee Simerly and his wife, Traci, their daughters: Allie and Avery of Kemp, Texas, Cameron Wilson of Cleveland, Aubrey Glenn and Kenlyn Glenn, all of Ochlocknee, Amber Simerly Hibbert, and her husband, Brian, their children: Damon and Brian Jr., Whitney Wilson Jackson and her husband, Bob, and their children: Khloee and Mailee Jackson, both of Kona, Hawaii. Jeannie and Nicolas Hartley, both of Albany, Ga.; special friends: Eunice Abbott of Toccoa, Ga., Peggy Burnett of Cleveland, Wayne and Sandy White and everyone at the North Cleveland Towers. Kim Dillard, Jessica Stone, Stacy Goode, Kelly Burchfield and all of her friends at Guardian Home Health Care.
A Remembrance of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at the North Ocoee Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes, with Brother Wayne White officiating.
Interment and graveside services will follow in Lee Cemetery with Pastor Dewayne Gruber officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Society at pancan.org to the attention of Event Tennessee - Purple Stride Chattanooga 2012 Team COHA.
Please view and sign the guest book at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.