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.