Obituary Walenda Simmons was born September 24, 1951, to Richard Simmons, Sr. and Gladys Simmons in Bessemer, Alabama being the second of four children. Walenda transitioned at home on June 28, 2016 in Bessemer, Alabama. She was preceded in death by her mother. Walenda attended and graduated from J.S. Abrams High School in Bessemer, Alabama. Her spiritual awakening as a young girl led her to join New Zion Baptist Church under the pastoral care of Reverend S.H. Ravizee where she served faithfully until her death. She leaves to cherish her memories: loving and devoted son, Marlon Simmons; father, Richard Simmons, Sr.; brothers, Richard, Jr. and Alfred Simmons; sisters, Bobbi Jean Owens and Sonja; uncle, Garland Jones; aunts, Carolyn Jones and Grendel Gibbs; cousins, Robert Jones, Rod Jones, Willie Gillespie, Arthur, Warren and Ben Hill, Barbara Ann Kidd, Sharon Harris and numerous other cousins and friends. Leave the Rest to God Your smile has gone forever, Your hand we cannot touch, But thank God for your tender memories, of one we love so much. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone, for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. In memory we go back, along each road that we have trod, and bless the years we had with you, and leave the rest to God.