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Inez "Granny" Simms


Inez Virginia Simms, 97, went home to be with the Lord on December 3, 2020. She was born April 21, 1923 in Silver Point, TN to Charlie and Sarah Pullum. Her and several of her siblings later moved to Akron, Ohio 1942, to secure jobs during World War II. That’s when she became “Rosey the Riveter”, working at Firestone Aircraft.

She was introduced to her husband, Gale, by a mutual friend in her early 20’s and two weeks later they married and later raised their family in the Akron area. She loved attending the Akron Baptist Temple and was a faithful member for many years.

In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, growing flowers and vegetables. Granny was known for being an extraordinary southern cook, making many delicious homemade meals and was famous for her chocolate chip cookies. She was an excellent homemaker who enjoyed giving of her time to family and friends.

Granny is survived by her son, John (Diane) Simms, twin daughters, Sheila (Jack) Alspaugh and Shirley (Don) Melton; sisters, Euneda Myers, Ella Thrash; 8 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, that were very special to her.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Gale; and 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to all her nurses, nurse aids and therapists, who took very good care of her at Chapel Hill Community for the last 2 ½ years.

Friends may call at the Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Rd. Akron, Ohio on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Private services will be taking place.

For the safety of the family and other guests, masks are required, and the number of people permitted in the building at a time will be limited. Your cooperation and patience are appreciated. Condolences and memories can be shared with Granny’s family at the funeral home website.

Private interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.



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Sheila and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your mom! She was truly a special lady and will be missed by all! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Debbie (Hartman) and Paul Fledderjohann Dec 5 2020 12:00 AM

Inez and Gale left a lasting legacy through their children and the many children that have followed. I know that your faith in Christ and love for each other, shared within this wonderful family,will sustain you all as you go through this most difficult time. Such an incredible woman.

Harry and Trauda Gilbert Dec 5 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences to your family. May God comfort and guide you as you go through this time of grief.

Linda (Dotson) Perdue Dec 5 2020 12:00 AM

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