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Helen “Mama Helen” Brown Simmons

Helen “Mama Helen” Brown Simmons, 91, of Pikeville, Tennessee, passed away, Sunday, September 13, 2020.

She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eston Simmons; parents, J. and Fannie Crawford Brown; brothers, J. Brown, Jr., Gordon Brown, Robert Brown, Johnnie Brown, Willard Brown, Landon Brown and I.E. Brown; sisters, Ollie Wade, Mary Brown, Barbara Detweiler, Pauline Edmonds and Martha Lou DeBord; and daughter, Francis Holloway.

Survivors include her son, Charles Simmons of Knoxville; daughters, Fannie (Michael) Oakes, Reta (Randy) Lewis and Elaine Sisco, all of Pikeville; 18 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service were held Wednesday, September 16, at 2:00 Akins Cemetery with Rev. Darrell Evans and Rev. Steve Haston officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, 1171 Main Street, Pikeville.

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