Vera Mae Piver Simmons passed away peacefully Monday, May 30, 2022, at home with her family by her side. She was born May 22, 1934, in Columbus County, to James Harry Piver and Lenny Mae Ward. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James Omega Simmons; three sons, James Alfred Simmons, Jerry Talmadge Simmons and Larry Hugo Simmons; one daughter, Elizabeth Carol Ward; two sisters, Virginia Taylor and LaRue Vick; and five brothers, J.T. Piver, James (Buck) Piver, James Harry (Junior) Piver Jr., Mitchell Piver and Hubert Piver
She worked in the textile industry with National Spinning and the Blue Jean Factory. She was a member of Cypress Creek Original Freewill Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at McKenzie Mortuary. Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Cypress Creek Original Freewill Baptist Church with Dr. Tommy Bryson officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Tina King (Ted) of Ash; two sons, Dean Simmons (Tammy) of Clarendon and Tommy Simmons (Doris) of Chadbourn; three sisters, Evelyn Surles and and Marie Ward, both of Whiteville, Romona Puckett of Shallotte; one brother, Bobby Dean Piver of Gainsville, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.