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Laura "LaLa" Speed Simmons

Laura Speed Simmons (Lala), wife of the late Joseph Clyde Simmons, passed away December 29, 2008 at Summit Hills.

Mrs. Simmons was born June 14, 1928 in Abbeville, SC to the late William Raymond and Elizabeth Faulkner Speed. She is survived by her three children: Laura Hunter (Mrs. Stephen E.) of Clemson, SC, Leslie Manuel (Mrs. Jesse H., Jr.) of Woodruff, SC, and Elizabeth Speed Simmons (Betsy) of Charlotte, NC; and four grandchildren: Eddie Hunter, Caroline Hunter, and Chip Manuel of Clemson, SC, and Tripp Manuel of Spartanburg, SC.

Mrs. Simmons was predeceased by her sister, Miss Elizabeth McMillan Speed (Scoot) of Abbeville, SC.

Mr. and Mrs. Simmons were married October 15, 1949 at Main Street Methodist Church in Abbeville. After living there, Thomson, GA, Greenville, and Clemson, they settled in Spartanburg in 1965 where they became active members of Central United Methodist Church. Mrs. Simmons also participated in numerous organizations including the Spartanburg Philharmonic Music Club, the Little Garden Club, the Spartanburg Debutante Club, and Mobile Meals.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Mrs. Simmons was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, a former Miss Abbeville, and an organist at Buncombe Street Methodist Church, Greenville, SC. In 1954 along with the late Henry Harris, she founded the Abbeville Cotillion Club which continues to this day.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, January 3, 2009, at Central United Methodist Church in Spartanburg SC, followed by a visitation in the church social hall. On Sunday, January 4, 2009, the family will be in Abbeville, SC for visitation from 1:30-2:30 pm at Chandler-Jackson funeral home followed by a 3:00 funeral service at Main Street United Methodist Church. Graveside services will be at Melrose Cemetery immediately after the funeral.

Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church Building Fund, 233 North Church St, Spartanburg, SC 29306; or to Main Street United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 656, Abbeville, SC 29620.


Central United Methodist Church, Spartanburg, SC
Memorial Service 3:00 PM
Saturday, January 3, 2009
After Memorial Service Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Sunday, January 4, 2009


Main Street United Methodist Church, Abbeville, SC
300 N. Main St
Abbeville, SC  29620
Sunday, January 4, 2009
3:00 PM


Melrose Cemetery
Hwy 28
Abbeville ,  SC  29620

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Dear Family of Lala, So sorry to hear of Lala's passing. She was a lovely lady. We were in music club together, and I loved going to her beautiful home for meetings. My prayers are with you all.

Pat Hevener Jan 24 2009 12:00 AM

I was distressed to hear from John Anderson yesterday of Lala's death. Even though I have not seen any of you in so long, I sure have lots of wonderful memories of all the Speeds and Simmons. Leslie I particularly remember how thoughtful you were when my Mother died and the wonderful pictures you sent me. All of you take care and know you are in my thoughts.

Mary Winton Hughes Jan 6 2009 12:00 AM

We extend our sincere sympathy to all of you. We have not heard from LaLa lately but have fond memories when she and Clyde came to our home. You will recall that Clyde was named (the Joseph part) for my father, Joseph Perry. He & Clyde's mother, Caroline, (Aunt Callie) were brother & sister. Please know we're thinking of you with love.

Harold C. Jennings & Gladys Perry Jennings Jan 2 2009 12:00 AM

My sympathies to the family. My father was Tom Marchant JR, and Jessie Speed Marchant was my grandmother. Deepest sympathy.

Elisabeth Marchant Jan 2 2009 12:00 AM


FRAN BAGWELL Jan 2 2009 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathies from the Marchant family of Greenville. Jessie Speed was my grandmother.

Seabrook Marchant Jan 2 2009 12:00 AM

Dear Family, It was a joy to have "LaLa" as a neighbor. We had mutual friends in Abbeville.(My first Pastorate) We also had a mutual friend in "Bo" Simmons who worked with Mr. Simmons. He shared some stories about the meetings on the coast, one about a "pink pitcher." I drove her accross town to get her car. She had locked her keys in the car. She wanted to race me back to Fernbrook Circle. A fun person to be around. Please know of our prayers and thoughts. Our Love, Bob & Geneva Pettit

Dr. & Mrs. B. E. Pettit Jan 2 2009 12:00 AM

Laura, I was sadden to see that your Mom had passed away. Please know that you, Leslie and Betsy are in our prayers. GOD Bless!! John Hastings, Sr.

John R. Hastings, Sr. Jan 2 2009 12:00 AM

Dear Family, I want to express my sincere sympathy for the loss of your loved one. You can be assured that comfort and encouragement can be found in the Bible. At Revelations 21: 4 you can read of a time when pain and suffering will be no more. What a wonderful hope. Please take care of yourselves. Sincerely

Mrs. Sandi Watkins Dec 31 2008 12:00 AM