of LEXA, AR
June 27, 1955 - August 14, 2023
Carrie Lou "Lulu" Simmons, 68, of Lexa passed away Monday, August 14, 2023. Carrie was born June 27, 1955 in Memphis, TN to the late Geraldine and Malcom Wilson. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother and a faithful friend to many.Carrie was deeply devoted to her family, ministry, education and Phillips County. These were the loves of her life and everyone who knew her experienced her passion for these areas. With a contagious, outgoing personality, it was not uncommon to find Carrie volunteering or dropping off a meal for someone in need. She never met a stranger and was quick to promote all things positive in her hometown. During her career, she taught at Beech Crest Elementary, Phillips County Christian Montessori School and KIPP Delta. She was influential in the establishment of Young Life of Phillips County and led Bible studies for women and teenagers. Her greatest accomplishment was being a "Lulu" to her cherished grandchildren.Carrie was greatly loved by her family and friends and will be missed by all that had the privilege of knowing her. She was preceded in death by her husband of thirty-six years, Bill Simmons. She will be remembered by her daughter, Stevee Pryor and husband, Scott of West Helena; son, Drew Simmons and wife, Dawn of Benton; five grandchildren, Eli Simmons Pryor, Bradley Caroline Pryor, Douglas Mae Pryor, Anna Grace Simmons and Beau Walker Simmons and many other family members and lifelong friends. Her family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 18, 2023 at Roller- Citizens Funeral Home in West Helena. A graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. All friends and family are welcome to attend.The family would like to thank her caregivers, Carlisha, Brianna and Quay, as well as Elite Hospice, for their kindness and loyalty in her care.Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Young Life at https://younglife.org/give or Faith Church at PO Box 2464, West Helena, AR 72390.
Stevee and Drew, please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. Carrie was a gentle, loving person who adored her friends and loved the Lord with all her heart. I have known her since we were children and am very grateful to have been her friend throughout the years.
Stevee & DrewI am heartbroken to learn about my friend & your precious Mother.Your Motherâ€™s & love was contagious. Her heart was more pure than anyone I know. My memories of her will always be inside me. I pray for yâ€™all & that your comfort is in knowing you will see her again. May God bless you & your families for the memories of a life w Carrie. Love, Susan
My heart and prayers go out to the family and all. She was beautiful inside and out. She was truly a blessing to many. RIP Ms. Carrie! â¤ï¸
Remembering the family in prayer in your time of lost
Steve I am so sorry to learn about Carrieâ€™s passing. I grew up with your Dad and then the years working even the fair. She was always so nice. You all are in my prayers.
There is another bright and shining jewel in heaven. I know that while she will be missed here on this earth, she is celebrating her reunion with Bill, Kaye, Bro. Pat, and all of the others who have gone on home before her. She was a blessing, even though the past few years were hard. Her sweet voice and smile meant so much to those of us who were privileged to have known her. The impact she made upon all of us, her students, and most of all, her family, will forever carry her legacy forward.
Mrs. Carrie taught our son at Kipp, and she were a terrific teacher, we really loved her. May God bless her soul and comfort her family in these trying times.
Sissy and I send our sympathies to the family for their loss. She was a wonderful member of our community, a great friend and much more. We all will miss her. RIP
Stevee and Drew,I am so very sorry for the loss of your Mother. I have known Carrie for many years. She was such a sweet person. I always knew if i ever needed someone to help me volunteer, she was my go to person.Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
So sorry for the passing of your dear mom. May God provide you with His comfort and strength.
Drew, Stevee and Families, We are so sorry about sweet Carrie! She was a kind and thoughtful lady. She will be missed by everyone that was blessed to have her in their life, and we are so happy she was in ours as a friend! Our prayers will be with you all as you say goodbye to your Mother! We love you Uncle Henry and Aunt Billie Sue
Stevee & Drew I am so sorry for your loss. Ms. Carrie was a light in this dark world. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for you all.
Never was there a truer friend than Carrie. She loved with no bounds. Always there to help and support in any way, from the first day I worked with her over 40 years ago. We shared so many memories at work and with our families.You will be missed as never before, but rejoice in your new health and home. Your children and grands will live on beautifully in your legacy.
Iâ€™m so sorry for your loss Drew and Stevee. I always loved your mom. I have so many good memories of doing things with her and your family. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Carrie will always be a dear classmate of the class of 1973. When I first went to Central High School, she was always so helpful and friendly. When I met her daughter Stevie years later at Woodruff Elementary, she reminded me so much of her mom. Her gentle and kind personality will be greatly missed.
Stevee I'm sorry for your loss.In case you don't remember me we both worked at Woodruff Kindergarten.
So sorry for your loss She was always a sweet kind person
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Carrie. She and I graduated together from Central High School. Any time I would see Carrie we would talk about all the fun times during school years. I know she will be missed terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at such a difficult time.
Stevee and Drew, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a dear friend and loved by many. She will definitely be missed. You and your family are in my prayers.
Carrie was such a sweet and kind person. She was friends with my youngest sister, Mildred Forte, and this is how we became friends. She was a glowing candle in a world that needed light. Rest in peace, my friend, and in the arms of Jesus. Your candle will shine forever through fond memories.
My Prayers are with the family. ðŸ™ðŸ»
So sorry to hear this. Sending prayers and hugs. Carrie was a sweet soul.
Stevee and Drew, your mom was a lovely person with a heart of gold. I thought of her often, especially over these last few years. She loved you both fiercely as she did her grandchildren. I know you will miss her. Sending love and prayers for strength and peace.
Carrie was always a great friend to me. She would give me a ride home from school because she didnâ€™t want me to have to ride the bus! My mom made two tuna sandwiches for mine and Carrieâ€™s lunch and Carrie would buy my coke and fudge. She had such a kind heart! Iâ€™ll never forget the picture she gave me that said â€œLet no flower go unseen!â€ She truly saw good in everyone and I am honored that she was my friend. I am so thankful that Carrie is completely healed. My prayers are with her family during this difficult time.
You always had a beautiful smile, no matter what was going on in life! Such a beautiful heart and soul. I love you and will miss you dearly! Lisa
Drew I'm so sorry about your mother I've never met her but talking to you I felt like I knew because of the brain tumor she had was what karen had she raised a son that is a caring and loving person if.ypu and dawn need anything at all please let me know I'm praying for your family as ya go through this difficult time I love ya stay strong
Iâ€™m so sorry to hear about Mrs. Carrieâ€™s passing! She was a great lady and a wonderful friend, I have many memories of her from when she was my K5 teacher at Phillips County Christian Montessori School as well as memories of her from Young Life! I will be praying for the family.
Carrie was a friend and when you saw here she would always greet you with a smile. If you were down she was a ray of sunshine. She truly loved with her whole heart.Rest in Jesus my friendâ™¥ï¸
Stevee and Drew, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I loved your mother and am so thankful for the years we worked together and became friends. May God bless you and keep you in his care.Ms. Gwen
You were always a great and kind person. You will be greatly missed.