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Ida Puryear Simmons

May 30, 1932 — July 29, 2021

Ida Puryear Simmons

Ida Upton Puryear Simmons of South Boston, VA passed away July 29, 2021.  She was born in Halifax County, VA on May 30, 1932 and was 89 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Robert Louis Puryear and the late Robbie Upton Puryear. She was married to John Venable “Red” Simmons who survives.


She was a member of First Baptist Church where she kept the nursery, helped with Vacation Bible School and served on the Welcoming Committee. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.  


Ida P. Simmons is survived by:

Her Husband of 68 years

John V. “Red” Simmons

Her Daughter

Robbie Simmons of South Boston

One Grandchild

Casey Martin and husband Dwayne of South Boston

One Great-Grandson

Samuel Martin of South Boston

One Brother

Claude Puryear of Newport News


***Preceded in death by***

Her Son

John Venable Simmons, Jr.


Catherine Conner, Myrtle Huskey, Artie Wimberly, Susan Clark, Renthis Thumm, Lemmie Puryear, Clayton Puryear and Robert Puryear


A funeral service will be held Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Susan Davis and Rev. Garrett Bowman officiating. Burial to follow in Halifax Memorial Gardens.


The family will receive friends Sunday, one hour prior to the service at the church.


For memorials, please consider First Baptist Church, 815 North Main Street, South Boston, VA 24592.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.

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