Maxine Strickland Simmons, 75, of Blackshear, passed away late Sunday evening, June 21, 2020, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.

 Born in Waycross February 19, 1945, she had lived in Pierce County all of her life.  She had owned and operated several businesses over the years including Maxine & Sons and Trash to Treasures. She had the distinction of being the original creator of the Pierce County Bears “Bear Paw” emblem and was, without question, a hard working woman. She enjoyed going to garage sales auctions over the years and attended Emmanuel Baptist Church.

She was a daughter of the late Allen Lewis and Laura Artha Crawford Strickland, Sr.  She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Madyson Neil and by a sister, Violet Robinson.

Survivors include her husband of 21 years, Jimmy Simmons, Blackshear; three daughters, Karen Walker, Alma, Georgia Simmons, Houma, LA, and Susan (Chris) Clough, Blackshear; five sons, Kevin (Kathy) Cobb, Savannah, Timmy Chancey (Sarah Schlumbrecht) and Karl (Tonya) Chancey, all of Blackshear, and Donald (DeDe) Hersey and James (Michelle) Simmons, all of Houma, LA; four sisters, Evelyn (Joe) Rankin, Hoboken, Brenda Strickland, Blackshear, Roxanne Strickland, Clarksville, VA, and Precious Melinda Strickland, Skipwith, VA; two brothers, Allen (Lawana) Strickland Jr. and Earl Strickland, all of Blackshear; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren with one more on the way and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, June 25, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held  at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 25, from the Pearson-Dial Chapel.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing and the wearing of face masks is strongly encouraged.  Those who do not feel comfortable attending can still extend  sympathy by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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