Rev. Ola Mae Braziel Simmons

Rev. Ola Mae Braziel Simmons

Rev. Ola Mae Braziel Simmons, 86, of Temple, TX, departed this life on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, in Killeen. CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 11:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church, Temple, TX. BURIAL to follow at Temple Garden of Memories, Temple. VISITATION: 2 – 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct 7, 2021, at Branford/Dawson Funeral Home.

Ola was born January 10, 1935, to Samuel Eliot and Imogene Braziel in Temple, Texas. She was a member of Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church, Temple, where she became a member of the choir and Sunday school. She graduated from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School. After receiving her diploma, she worked in the service field as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at Scott and White Hospital. She enrolled in Paul Quinn College in Waco, Texas, and after a short stint at Paul Quinn she moved to Killeen, Texas and attended the Killeen Beauty College where she earned an Operator’s License from the Texas Cosmetology Commission. She was ordained a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she served as an interim pastor at Bethel (Belton) Roberson Chapel (McGregor) while living in Killeen. Ola was a member of Anderson Chapel A.M.E. Church. Upon returning to Temple, she was an active member of Wayman Chapel and served as a local elder. She worked as a Funeral Assistant and Pre-Need Counselor at Branford/Dawson Funeral Home. Ola was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Samuel E. Braziel, Sr. and Imogene Hunt Braziel; brothers, Donald, Samuel (Buck), and Jeff Allen (Lucky); and one baby sister, Baby Dora.

Survivors are one brother, Rev. Dr. Ruben David Braziel of Houston, Texas; four sisters, Anna Jackson of Carbondale, Illinois, Aileen Fort of Houston, Texas, Rev. Debra Milton of Killeen, Texas, and Ava Simmons of Temple, Texas.

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