GARNER - Allene Simmons Merrill, 79, died Thursday morning, Oct. 8, 2009 at Sunnybrook Healthcare. Visitation was held Saturday, Oct. 10, at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Wake Forest.

She was born in Wake County, daughter of the late Gladys Williams Simmons and Edgar Otis Simmons.

Surviving: daughters, Judy Bell (Earl) of Franklinton, Portia Tant (Johnny) of Oxford, Sandra Medlin of Goldsboro; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Edgar, Billy and Jack Simmons; sisters, Faye Wlliams and Christine Strickland.