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Jason Lee Simmons, Sr.

Jason Lee Simmons, Sr., age 45, of Columbus, Ohio went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Capitol City Gardens Rehabilitation Center after a long battle with kidney disease. Jason is the son of Ivan Heber Simmons Jr. (Midori) and Jacqueline Lee Simmons. Jason was best known for his sense of humor, musical talents, love for his family, friends and the Lord. He was a 1992 graduate of Springfield South High School where he participated in the marching band and symphonic choir. After graduation, he attended Central State University. Before his untimely illness, Jason was employed by Hopkins and Raines, which enabled him to travel throughout the U.S as a liquidation car sales specialist. As a youth he was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Senior Pastor Ernest C. Brown, Sr.  Jason served in the youth choir, BYF, and he was a part of the Unity for Christ Community Choir, directed by Arlin “Par” Tolliver. Jason has since been a member of World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio. Jason is survived by his loving wife Jametris Simmons; His children Dashea Simmons, Donyea Simmons, of Evansville, IN; Elise Hardiman of Princeton, IN; Jason Lee Simmons Jr. and Jarison Simmons of Crossville, TN; Jamal West, Zion House, and Jayden Simmons of Columbus, Ohio; Parent’s Ivan H. Simmons Jr. (Midori) of Princeton, IN; Jacqueline Lee Simmons of Indianapolis, IN; Grandmother Lunolia A. Simmons of Princeton, IN; Sisters Jalynn Simmons and Jeanna Simmons-Evans(Timothy) of Indianapolis, IN; Nieces Jasmon Henderson and Kayla Evans of Indianapolis, IN. A host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Jason is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Melville and Marguerite Liggins of Springfield, Ohio; Paternal grandfather Ivan Heber Simmons Sr. of Princeton, IN. Jason’s celebration of life will be held at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Visitation will take place from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM and service will be rendered at 12:30 PM. The location of the church is 34 W. Pleasant St., Springfield, OH 45506 (Please enter on the Mulberry Street side). His body has been entrusted to Ohio Cremation and Memorial Society, Columbus, OH.  A special thank you to Senior Pastor Ernest C. Brown, Sr. and the St. John Missionary Baptist Church Family for opening their doors for Jason’s Celebration of Life.  All flowers and letters of condolence can be sent to St. John Missionary Baptist Church.   Please visit to leave the family an online condolence.

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  • Lori Wooten says:

    Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Uplifted in Prayer,

    Lori Wooten & Family

  • Cory says:

    My condolences go out to the family. Jason IS in the loving and healing arms of The Lord. Rest peacefully big cuz.
    -Cory McClendon

  • Cory says:

    My condolences go out to the family. Jason IS in the loving and healing arms of The Lord. Rest peacefully big cuz.
    -Cory And Mallory McClendon

  • Norman and Dedria Moore says:

    Our heartfelt condolences in your time of grief. May our Lord grant you strength to get through this difficult time.

  • Gail Jackson says:

    My heart thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as you all go through this time of grief He was an amazing young man always filled with the great ability to bring laughter to the lives he touched and a wonderful voice God has heard his plea and called him home so he will no longer suffer

  • Stephanie Daniels says:

    Sorry to hear about Jason we had good times at st John hugs to Jametris and family

  • Rhoda AbdulMateen says:

    He was Always a Happy Spirit with a Awesome Smile!So Missed! Rest in Love! Prayers and Love For All of U!

    Rhoda and Gee!

  • Jim king says:

    I watched him grow up when I was living in Springfield. We had some great conversations and he always made me laugh.

    He was so talented and his spirit will never die. Even though I have not seen him in over 20 years he is still connected to the King family.

    His mom Jackie is the first big sister Jason’s uncle Ron and I ever had.

  • Leah Harris Brackins says:

    Family, you’re in our heart and prayers. May God’s peace and love family surround you during this most difficult time. May those good memories comfort you and the kindness of others mend your broken heart 💔.

  • Kimacka Randle says:

    Sending prayers and condolences to the entire family.

    May God surround you with peace, love, and His undeniable presence.

    Kimacka Randle and Family

  • Genia Ballard says:

    I send an extra dose of love and prayers on behalf of my family.. To the family of Jason Simmons Jr..I will forever cherish his bright magnetic smile that lit up a room, kept us laughing out loud always and a spirit beyond any expression and articulation.. too much to express.. He was younger than I was but I grew up seeing him often with my lil brother BJ .. old soul always genuine, kind, compassionate,loving, and again an irresistible magnetic spirit… He was an angel Walking about the earth and impacted others by just his presence and left us with many great memories ..I believe one encounter with Jason you experienced the love of God and witnessed His Presence..He will be missed indeed..I had no clue but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt God makes no mistakes.. He is the author and finishes all things.. He entered those pearly gates immediately happy to receive his wings although having to leave his family, Im sure he is making everyone there laugh out loud like he did on this side, singing, praising like never before.. Holy Holy Holy..Death is indeed challenging but inevitable.. Im certain his foundation prepared shall come..I send the winds of peace, comfort, strength to endure this process, strength you never knew you had, a sense of laughter and smiles to the entire family just like Jason would want and exemplified..I love you to life, Elder EuGenia Ballard❤️🙏🏽🙇🏽‍♀️🙏🏽🙇🏽‍♀️

  • Dana Herrod says:

    My friend Jason….I will truly miss u and God received a beautiful blessing…

  • Tiffanee Howell says:

    God has truly gained an angel . He knew we needed a “Jason” with his smile and bubbly sense of humor . Jason will truly be missed . He touched the lives of many by bringing joy of laughter. I am truly thankful for the time we had with him. My prayers are with the Family for strength and comfort. Love you Jason and we will miss you for now until we meet again.

  • Mike and Colette says:

    Colette and I send our heart felt condolences to our cousins with love and understanding. Jason is at peace now. May your memories of Jason bring you comfort. God be with you cuz

  • Rebekah Thomas Cook says:

    I remember Jason coming to our church at Progressive Holy Temple in Evansville IN a lot. He was a great singer. He was always respectful and he could make you laugh.
    My prayers are with the entire family.

  • Crystal Harris-Ochoa says:

    I have so many fond memories of Tina and I with you Jason and your sisters. All the times at your house, while we were getting our hair done by your mom, and all the time on the farm, playing, laughing, riding bikes down the hill, and having a great time! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you or heard your infamous laugh, but I am grateful for the memories I have. My heart goes out to the family and my prayers are with you all! Take care and Rest In Peace dear Jason! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Anna Mccomick says:

    Jason was such a Happy Person. You couldn’t be around him and not smile or laugh. He Loved his family! His Voice was Amazing! He could have made a CD. We at Progressive Holy Temple Loved to hear him Sing. Our Heart is heavy, he has a special place in our heart! No more Suffering for Jason! To his Wife, Children, Parents, Sisters, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, we share your Grief, and we are praying for your strength in this Difficult time. “Farewell Jason! And Thank you Jesus for the impact that Jason left in our lives.

  • Leah says:

    I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family! I went to middle school with Jason! We were in band together and he was so much fun and always made me laugh! He was someone I never or will I ever forget! RIH Jason!

  • Kathryn Hickrod says:

    Rick and I send our sincere condolences! Hugs and prayers!

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  • Angela Watson says:

    To Jackie & the entire family. I am so sorry to hear about your son & LOVED one. Jason was quite a character, he would leave you in stitches, he was hilarious. What an Awesome, Talented young man. He will be grreatly missed. I PRAY that GOD will comfort each of you and give you strength & peace at this very difficult time. I LOVE YOU ALL.

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  • James &Linda Smith says:

    Sending caring thoughts along with special prayer that God’s love will bring you love and comfort as you miss your loved one. God’s loved you and so do we.

  • Helen B. Little,,Oates children. says:

    Blessing to this Family,,,RIH.❤️❤️

  • Bobbi Cunningham says:

    Jackie and family. My prayers are with you and your family in the passing of Jason. May God give you strength. Remember all the good times.

  • Ebony May says:

    My deepest condolences for the family. May the Lord be your continuous strength during this difficult time.

    Ebony Long May and Family

  • Liberty Dialysis says:

    We are so saddened to hear of Jason’s passing. He had such an addicting smile and was always a joker, it made our day. Prayers to all of his family and friends. He is now a smiling angel in heaven. RIP Jason.

  • Vera Campbell says:

    Jackie, Butch and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your son and Loved One. I know how it feels to lose a child. I lost my youngest daughter,it will be 7years, the 4th of next month. But I thank God for bringing me through. The worst hurt is when you lose your child but God has the power to take you through. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Love to you all.

  • Vincent and Josephine Harris says:

    May God be with you’re family, he will be there too get all of your family through this. We love you guys and our prayers are with you.

  • Stephanie Dasilva says:

    Thinking of you and your family at this time of need. If there is anything I can do please let me know. May the pain of your loss lighten daily and you begin to heal.

  • C.A. Goodman says:

    I would like to offer my condolences to your family. Death is such a painful event that it’s called an enemy in the Bible at 1 Corinthians 15:26. The grief caused by death can affect us in various ways, yet grief is said to be a necessary part of the healing process and of learning to adapt to the new situation. Repressing your grief can be harmful mentally, emotionally, and physically. Many bereaved ones have found that talking can be a helpful release. Expressing your feelings to a trusted friend can bring a measure of relief. (Proverbs 17:17)

  • Janeen Ellington says:

    May your family be surrounded by love today and the days to come. Praying for God’s comfort to give you all peace during this difficult time. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

    Love & prayers,
    Janeen & Duane Ellington

  • Janice Strickland-Gaines says:

    To Jackie and Family- My deepest condolences and sympathy. Prayers for you and your family during this time of sorrow. Hold on to your faith and God will give you strength thru it all. Love you all, Jan and family

  • Jeffrey Young says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers to you all. I know that God will bring you through.

    Love you all!

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