Judith Ann Simmons Humphreys


Judith Ann Simmons Humphreys, of Nashville, Tenn., passed away Dec. 12, 2017. Judith was born in Haleyville, Ala., on Sept. 22, 1948, and was the daughter of William Richard and Jackie Clark Simmons.

She graduated from Walker County High School and attended Birmingham Southern College for three years. In 1968, she married James Robert Humphreys Sr., and they relocated to Nashville. She continued her education at George Peabody College, earning her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Elementary Education. Judith taught in Metro Nashville Public schools for 3 1/2 years prior to starting a family and becoming a dedicated volunteer.

Judith’s volunteer activities included serving with the Nashville Symphony Guild and co-chairing the Italian Street Fair. She was a board member of Oak Hill School, Monteagle Sunday School Assembly (MSSA), Center for Youth Ministry Training and Brentwood United Methodist Church (BUMC). Judith led and accompanied numerous choirs at both BUMC and MSSA. She served on various church committees including chairing the BUMC Administrative Board for two years.

She had many interests, but most passionate to her were music and gardening. Judith was a volunteer at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, member of the Herb Society of Nashville, BUMC Chancel Choir and the Piano Study Club. She loved creating beautiful spaces, including their home, Foxwood Gardens, the family cottage “At Long Last” at Monteagle, and a farm house in Montgomery County, Tennessee.

Judith was predeceased by her father, William Richard Simmons; brother, Phillip Wade Simmons; and brother-in-law, Charles James Friddell. She is survived by her husband, Jim; children, Rob Humphreys (Hillary), Clark Humphreys (Erin), and Pace Verner (Brandon); eight grandchildren; mother, Jackie Simmons and her husband, Charles W. Gilliland; and sister-in-law, Mary Carol Humphreys Friddell.

The family would like to thank the teams at Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center and Alive Hospice for their outstanding care and compassion.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Brentwood United Methodist Church in Brentwood, Tenn. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at 3 p.m., with visitation prior to the service from 1 until 3 p.m. Judith’s remains will be interred in the columbarium at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions may be made to BUMC, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027 or the charity of your choice.

An online guestbook is available at AustinFuneralService.com.

Austin Funeral & Cremation Services, Brentwood, Tenn.; 615-377-0775