Hattie Mae (Terrell) Thomas Simmons, 96, of Sandusky, went to be with the Lord Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in Firelands Regional Medical Center.
She was born Aug. 19, 1911, in Alpine, Ala., to Jerry and Ella (Hatten) Terrell. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined New Merlon Baptist Church. Her parents moved to Talladega, Ala., where she graduated from West Side High School and County Training School. There she joined AME Zion Church where she sang in the choir, joined the Women's Missionary Society and many other church ministries. Later she moved to Anniston, Ala., and married Ulysses Thomas in 1938 from which union two sons were born, Ulysses Thomas Jr. and Billy Ray Thomas. She joined Wesley Chapel Zion AME Church where she worked as secretary of the church choir and was a member of the Trustee Helper's Club. There she was employed as a seamstress and practical nurse. After the death of her husband in 1951, she moved to Sandusky where she was employed as a domestic worker. She joined St. Stephen AME Church in 1954, where she sang in the choir, was a class leader, served on Stewardess Board, Missionary Society, was a Sunday school teacher and served on the Trustee Helper's Club. In 1956, she was united in marriage to Esau Simmons until his death 20 years later on Dec. 12, 1976.
Hattie is survived by her sons, Ulysses Thomas Jr. and Billy Ray Thomas; sister, Edna; three stepchildren; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ulysses Thomas and Esau Simmons; her parents; eight brothers and sisters; and seven stepchildren.
Friends may call from 4-6:30 p.m. today in Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, and from 11 a.m. Wednesday until funeral services at 1 p.m. at St. Stephen's AME Church, 312 Neil St., Sandusky. Burial will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park.
Condolences may be sent to toftfh.com.