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Wilson Simms

August 17, 1943 ~ June 9, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Wilson Simms Obituary

Bro. Wilson Simm's roots in New Orleans, Louisiana afforded him the privilege to live in a christian home and environment from birth August 17, 1943, to his God ordained departure from Houston, Texas on Friday June 9, 2023. Born to to his late loving mother Chaney Washington and his father the late Ernest Simms. Wilson was the oldest of three children. He was affectionately called "Petsie" by those who knew him and loved him. Wilson journey as a christian began very early. His mother ensured his acquaintance with God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. That relationship remained constant during his entire life. He was baptized at the age of ten at the Gloryland Mount Gillion Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Herbert L. Johnson. At Gloryland he served actively in the Sunday School Department and as a member of the choir. Bro. Wilson served faithfully at Gloryland for seventeen years. In November of 1970 he united with Ebenezer Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. Lawrence E. Landrum Jr. and continued faithfully under the leadership of his godson Dr. Reverend Jermaine G. Landrum. At Ebenezer he served faithfully in the choir for forty-eight years. In 1974 he became the church's stenographer and served in his capacity for forty-four years. In 2018 he was appointed as a Deacon serving five years until his health challenges moved him to Houston, Texas. Bro. Wilson has served in many capacities at Ebenezer; Trustee Board, Men's Department, Men's Day Chairperson, August Peridot Birthday Group, Tribe Genesis, Finance Committee, and several other capacities. Bro Wilson Loved to eat good food and he also loved to cook. Because of his love for cooking, Bro. Wilson would often cook for our Men's fellowship. Bro. Wilson was a faithful, dedicated and devoted Deacon. He would open Sunday morning service every Sunday with prayer, singing and a scripture. He walked to the church during the week to take care of the business of the church. Bro. Wilson was a member of Ebenezer for fifty-three years. Bro. Simms's uniqueness was something God did and his talents were many. The summation of those God given talents all fell under the umbrella of "the gift of helps." He was willing and ready to do whatever he could when it came to working in the vineyard of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was his nature to help people. If someone had a need and it was anything he could do to help he never hesitated to offer such. The words "no" or "I can't" just was not a part of his vocabulary. He was educated in New Orleans Parish Public School System and a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in 1961. He attended Southern University of New Orleans receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. He worked in the business office at Southern University of New Orleans as an accountant. He later joined the Housing Authority of New Orleans as a Business Manager, retiring after serving 35 years of service. He joined The Young Men of Distinction (Elk's Lodge #1677) in 1965. He held the position of Recording Secretary. He worked until his health began to fail. Petsie was a true lover of his family and there was absolutely nothing he wouldn't do for them. They include Professor Robert Simms, Lauren DeCuir (Jason Sr.), Jason DeCuir,Jr., Londyn DeCuir, Gloria Marshall, Donald Dillon, Jr. (Shekina), Shokief Dillon, Shoneeka Johnson (Kimberly), Eva Anderson, Dr. Frank Washington (Dr. Trina Washington), Dean Washington (Lisa), Chad Washington, the wife of Chad Washington, Denise Rankins (Maurice), Petrina Jupiter (Donald), Clarence Brooks, Carolyn Simms, The Hall Family Bonita, Bernella and Wilbert. He is the godfather to Gloria Marshall, Lauren DeCuir and Dr. Reverend Jermaine G. Landrum. He was preceded in death by his brother Lenard Simms. He leaves to mourn his precious memories a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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