Gone but not forgotten
"For we know that if the early tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."- 2 Corinthians 5:1
Darold O'Keith Simmons Jr. (35), known to his family and friends as D.J., beloved Brother and Son, was called to his eternal resting place on August 26, 2022. He entered this world on August 12, 1987 in Lubbock, TX, born to Darold and Wanda Simmons. D.J. had to face many challenges in his 35 years of life, but that did not stop him from continuing to fight through every obstacle thrown at him, while also encouraging others and remaining positive. He loved his family and friends unconditionally and always maintained a protective nature when it came to them. He would always say "My family is my strength to make it through any storm. If y'all good I'm good don't worry about me, I'm in God's Hands." DJ was a man of evolution. Throughout his life's journey he continued to seek understanding, wisdom and guidance from God. Although he lived by the Christian faith, he took the time to explore many religions and retained the most encouraging parts from each to better himself as a man and grow spiritually. DJ was a man of many talents. He was a rapper/poet, he loved to read and write stories, he was an artist and could draw, he was a MASTER at chess, most importantly he was a leader. He read the bible front to back at least 2 or 3 times. DJ's legacy will be one of strength and encouragement for young black boys in challenging neighborhoods. To let them know, no matter your predicament you have the power to control your mind, spirit and influence. His life is a true testament of environmental circumstance, and his legacy will be to provide change.
D.J. is preceded in death by his father Darold O'Keith Simmons Sr.; grandmother Missionary Josephine Simmons; grandfathers J.P. Patterson Sr. and Willie O'Dell Simmons.
D.J. leaves to cherish his memories, his grandmother Norma Patterson; mother Wanda Patterson; three sisters, Tameka Patterson, Shaneka Kirk (Diamond Kirk brother in law), and Jazzlynn Jackson; two nieces, Shaminique Anderson and Amanie Anderson, and a host of family and friends.