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Dora Crommarty-Simmons

August 26, 1888 – November 1956


Dora Crommarty-Simmons was one of the twins born to Jayne and Ethel in Riceville, Georgia. She was raised in the state of Florida. Dora met and married Reverend Frank Simmons and from this union five children were born: James, Joseph Jr., Queen Esther, a set of twins Oliver and the other twin died at birth.

After the death of her mother she helped raise her siblings: Roosevelt, Maggie, Louis, and Burnette. She lived in numerous places in North Florida including Lawty, Green Cove Springs, Starkes, Brooker and then moved to Lake Helen in the 1930’s, where her husband Frank died.

Between the years of 1943 and ’45 she married Bishop Julius Gantt, in which two more children joined the Simmons siblings, Rosie and Angus Gantt. Her father Jayne lived with her and his son Louis making various trips between the two homes until his death.

Dora always stayed in touch with Louis’ children and wife after his death through correspondence and visits. Dora relocated to Woodbury, New Jersey where she passed away in November 1956.

  • Children: James Simmons (deceased), Joseph Simmons (deceased), Oliver Simmons (deceased), Queen Simmons-Nichols
  • Son-in-laws / Daughter-in-laws: Evelyn Simmons (deceased), Wardell Simmons (deceased), Mary Simmons (deceased), Troy Nichols (deceased)
  • Grandchildren: Joseph Simmons Jr., Irma Jean Simmons White, Brenda Simmons-Mays, David Simmons, Edwin Simmons, Troy Nichols Jr., Gregory Nichols, Diane McKellar, Oliver Simmons Jr., James Simmons
  • Grandchildren-in-laws: Zinerva White, Kathy Simmons, Laura Nichols, Robert Mays, Robert Mays, Paula Simmons, Patricia Nichols, Linda Simmons, Gregory McKellar, Rhoda Simmons
  • Great-grandchildren: David Simmons Jr., Anthony White, Giovonna Clifton, Victoria Simmons, Gaberil Simmons, Zinerva White III, Vanessa Nichols, Janet White, Brenda Mays Blair, Edwin Simmons Jr., Kevin Pugh Jr., Robert Mays Jr., Lavanya Simmons Woods, Mario Simmons, Desiree Simmons, Gregory Nichols Jr.
  • Great grandsons and daughters in-laws: Delphine Mays, Leah White, Tonya White, Altoin Blair
  • Great great-grandchildren: Alexus Mays, Brandon Gamber, Serene Blair, Amair Blair, Kilana Blair, Zinerva White IV, Chelsea White, Morgan White, Anthony J. White, Joshua White

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