Mrs. Simms was a graduate of USM and spent most of her working years teaching in the Texas public schools, before returning to Mississippi. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Oliver Ford Whitehead; and her daughter in law, Cindy Herrington Simms.
She is survived by her son, Michael Allen Simms of the Dixie Community; her granddaughter, Ryan Simms, of the Dixie Community; her grandson, Zachery Ford Simms of Pass Christian, MS; her sister, Delores Whitehead (Tom) Roberts of Richardson, TX; and her mother, Donnys Lee Whitehead of Richardson, TX.
Visitation will be Friday, December 8, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. until service at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg.