Darylle Simmons was born on April 17, 1954, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the only son born to the late Inez Barnes and the late Warren Henderson. Darylle accepted Christ and was baptized on April 23, 2000.
Darylle attended Withrow High School and much later in life went on to achieve an Associate Degree in Hospitality Management, from Hocking College, where he received special recognition for outstanding academic achievement. He worked at the Pauline Warfield Lewis Center for many years. However, he was most recently employed by John Morrell/Smithfield for over 15 years. He enjoyed working 3rd shift as a machine operator until he needed to retire early due to his health.
Darylle was affectionately referred to as “the Gentle Giant” by his neighbors, nurses, and friends. Among his sisters he was known as Brah- Brah; He will forever hold a special place in their hearts as their only brother. He loved spending time with his sisters and enjoyed their cooking. He often made special requests for some of his favorite dishes. His sisters can still hear him saying, “Are you going to make some cornbread with those beans”. His sense of humor and knack for getting the family “stirred-up”, along with the care, protection, and unconditional love he provided will be deeply missed. He loved to read the Bible and other historical books; his favorite scripture was Psalm 91. He possessed a wealth of knowledge and loved to engage in deep and philosophical conversations. When he was not reading, he enjoyed watching old western movies, relaxing to the smooth sounds of Earth, Wind, and Fire, or bumping Kirk Franklin while enjoying the scenery at Winton Woods Park. He would often strike up conversations with strangers, never passing up an opportunity to share God’s goodness and blessings with others.
Darylle transitioned on May 6, 2020. He leaves to cherish his memory a large and loving family, including: one daughter Tamara Spivey (Jessica), and one son Darylle Spivey (Shiloh); seven sisters: Deborah Garr (Alvey), the late Linda Barnes, Kimberly Johnson (Donnie), Faye Eddington (Perry), Celestine Barnes, Marrissa Jenkins (Donald), and Elissa Bates (Dwaine); one granddaughter, Aliya Imholte and 2 great-grandchildren: Dominic and Londyn Imholte; A host of loving nieces, nephews, great- nieces and nephews, all who affectionately called him Uncle D. Darylle also had 13 step siblings.
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