Anetha Rose (Chapman) Simmons

Born: Thu., Jul. 5, 1951
Died: Thu., Jul. 8, 2021


5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 16, 2021
Location: Adams-Buggs Funeral Service ~ Etowah Chapel

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Jul. 17, 2021
Location: Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church Gadsden

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It is with heartfelt sympathy that we announce the passing of Ms. Anetha "Nita Bell" Simmons, Gadsden, AL, who transitioned from her earthly life on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at the age of 70.  We ask that you keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.


Anetha Rose Chapman Bell Simmons was born on July 5, 1951, to Mr. Walter Sarge Chapman and Mrs. Rosetta Davis Parker Chapman in Gadsden, AL, and her sunset on Thursday, July 8, 2021.

She confessed her faith in Jesus Christ at an early age and joined Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Gadsden, AL where she was a committed servant to the Lord. She loved the Lord and served as treasurer, trustee, choir member, nursing guild at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church and Mission Baptist Church. She was a devoted speaker in the Wills Creek District and The Southern Baptist Convention all over the state of Alabama until she became ill.

Anetha graduated from Gadsden High School in 1969 where she was one of the first African Americans to integrate the high school and began her college education at Gadsden State Community College. She later transferred to the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) school of nursing where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1977 in Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. 

She began her professional career as a nurse at Cooper Green Medical Center in a high-risk Neonatal nursery, then she was recruited to teach in the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program for 25 years at Gadsden State Technical College. She made lifelong bonds with her co-workers and students before joining UAB Hospital where she worked until her retirement in 2004.

She was preceded in death by her loving father, Walter Sarge Chapman, and mother, Rosetta Davis Chapman, beloved siblings Dorothy O’Neal, Shirley Wright, Walter Chapman Jr., Dorianne O’Neal- Bailey, Rev. Willie Parker, Colleen Holiday, and James “Trap” Parker and grandson Reginald Dewayne Wilson.

She leaves to cherish her memories and legacy: Sebrenna (Brian Sr.) Graves (Joliet, IL), Barry (Kimberly) Bell Jr. (Dallas, TX), and Kamilah Simmons (Gadsden, AL). Siblings: John Parker (Simi Valley, CA), Gwendolyn Pearson (Cleveland, OH), Patricia Smith (Gadsden, AL), Michael Chapman (Ellenwood, GA), Allan Parker (Tampa, FL), Sylvia O’Neal (Ellenwood, GA) and Benjamin Parker (Athens, Ga). Nine Grandchildren: Alexis (Paige) Wilson, Tanesha Jones, Christopher Jones, Ebony Graves, BarTanya Bell, Brian Graves Jr., BreAsia Bell, Christian Simmons, and Ezra Simmons along with a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Anetha had a love for the Lord, all things church, comedy, traveling, the casino, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She truly loved life and lived it like it was golden with fiery energy like no one else could exhibit but her. From singing songs using the wrong words at the top of her lungs, hitting the road to travel and see the world, to sending inspirational text messages in the morning and evening to encourage others all while she was fighting the good fight for her own life. She enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, such as talking on the phone, daily 9 pm prayer/Bible study on the phone, telling jokes (without trying to be funny), and spending time with family, friends, and some strangers that she sparked a conversation with. She never met a stranger, nor did she refuse to help others whenever there was a need.

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Brenda Carmicheal
   Posted Tue July 13, 2021


Mrs. Sebrenna Chapman Graves, we are sending our heartfelt love and condolences to you and your family. The First 48 of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

Pamela Luker
   Posted Wed July 14, 2021
Rest well my sweet friend you will truly be missed

Marie Weaver Myles
   Posted Wed July 14, 2021
My heart breaks for Anetha's family! I met her in the mid-60's at Disque Junior High & were friends immediately! Learned to love her great sense of humor and goodness of heart! She was loved & will be missed by many!

Traci Sherrell
   Posted Thu July 15, 2021

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by "The Six Pack", DST-KB, Spring 1985 ".

To: Sylvia - Sands#4, With our deepest Sympathy...In your sorrow, may each thought, each prayer, and each act of kindness be a gentle comfort to you and your family each day. Always in Delta, TTBOD From: "The Six Pack", DST-KB, Spring 1985

Lishala Carter
   Posted Thu July 15, 2021
May God comfort all those impacted by this great loss. We were all so blessed to know and love Soror Simmons. To the family, we are praying for you and would like to thank you for sharing her with so many people. She was indeed loved. Kamilah D.6.O.D. loves you and are here. She loved our line! I can never thank her enough for her guidance and support. Many blessings.

Barbara Tiller
   Posted Thu July 15, 2021
Extending heartfelt condolences to the immediate and extended family of Anita. She touched so many lives with her love and vibrant spirit. She always brought knowledge, wisdom, love, and laughter to any encounter. Anita will be missed, but her memory and legacy will live on in our hearts. May we all find comfort in the treasured memories she left behind. ❀

Gwen Bonner
   Posted Thu July 15, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to the and family friends as you mourn the loss of your loved one.

May you cherish the memories and the love
Nita left in your heart.

I share in your grief and know that you are
In my thoughts and prayers.

Nita will be greatly missed.

Extending Deep Sympathy

Christy Jemison
   Posted Thu July 15, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I know to be absent from the body is to present with the lord. My heart goes to the family. I keep you all in my prayers. May God with you all.

Constance Turner-Bostick
   Posted Thu July 15, 2021
Sincere condolences to the family. Your mom was truly one in a million and loved by so many. Thankful for all the laughs and encouragement. Gone but never forgotten.

Barbara Tiller
   Posted Fri July 16, 2021
Extending heartfelt condolences to Anetha's immediate and extended family. She touched so many lives with her love and vibrant spirit. Anetha always brought knowledge, wisdom, love, and laughter to every encounter. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy will continue. May we all find comfort in the treasured memories she has left behind. ❀ God Bless ❀

Athena Davis
   Posted Fri July 16, 2021
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to her family. Ms. Simmons was indeed an inspiration as an instructor and mentor. She is loved and will be missed by all. Rest in Power Queen. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎ

Nathaniel Patillo
   Posted Sat July 17, 2021

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Silvis Dipree-Cragg and Nathaniel Patillo Class of 1963.

Our deepest sympathy go out to the Simmons and Pearson family. TO - Gwen your loss is ours. We hold you close in thoughts love and hugs. Carver High School Wild Cats Class of 1963. Silvis Dipree-Cragg class Secretary , Nathaniel Patillo class member

Carole W. Campbell
   Posted Sat July 17, 2021
Your contribution to Nursing has made a difference to this community. RIP

LeeAnn Hardin
   Posted Sat July 17, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss!! My thoughts & prayers go out to the family & friends!! May God be with you all during this difficult time!!

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