Verneile Elizabeth JonesMay 1st, 2021
Verneile Elizabeth Jones, 99, of Fulton, was called home on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family. Ms. Verneile, as everyone called her, was born on Aug. 22, 1921, to the late Lillian (Bagby) (Newsome) Chambers and the late Robert Dewey Newsome. She was married to Jasper Simmons and later married to Wilbur Jones of whom both preceded her in death. Verneile joined Calvary Baptist Church as a young child and was faithful to Calvary throughout her entire life. Verneile attended North School (Carver) grade school in Fulton and later attended Lincoln Lab High School in Jefferson City. She worked for the University of Missouri-Columbia in food service for many years and later worked in food service for Fulton State Hospital. In her retirement she worked for the Foster Grandparent Program which she really loved, and the children loved her equally. Verneile loved her huge family, and if they were happy, she was happy. She enjoyed reading, watching her favorite programs, decorating her house, working out crossword puzzles, scrapbooking, reciting poetry, reading poems by Maya Angelou, wearing hats, and non-stop ordering from catalogs. Verneile loved barbecues and fish fries in her back yard, with lots of music, food, family, and guests. Left to cherish her memory are her brother, Richard Chambers of Fulton; brother, Ronnie Chambers (Roberta) of Evanston, Ill.; children, Robert Simmons (Annabelle) of Columbia, V'Esser Simmons of Kansas City, William Simmons of St. Louis, Kenneth Simmons (Rita) of Fulton, Bettye Smith (Arthur Jackson) of Fulton, Thomas Simmons (Donna) of Fulton, Ginger Colbert (Gregory) of Kansas City, Inez Ramclam of Fulton, and Donald R. Simmons (Kim) of Chicago, Ill.;, step-daughter, Loretta Montgomery (Ronnie) of Dyersburg, Tenn.; step-son, Andre' McCoy of West Bend, Wis.; and step-son, Terrell Winbush of Brownsville, Tenn. She also leaves to cherish her memory her sister-in-law, Mattie Chambers of Jefferson City and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grand-children, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and family friends. She will be missed by all that knew her and loved her especially her cats Tarzan and Tabby. Preceding her in death were her father, Robert Dewey Newsome; mother, Lillian Chambers; step-father, Esau Chambers; sister, Roberta Vaughn; brother, Dewayne Chambers; son, Elmer Simmons; step-son, Carl Simmons; and especially her friends, Ms. Fat and Ms. Pauline. Services were held on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. at Victory Fellowship in Fulton. Visitation was from 1-2:30 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Arrangements were under the direction of H.T. May and Son Funeral Home.