As a lasting Memorial for "My little brother Randy", I dedicate this site.

Valjean J. Adams
Sister of a Fallen Hero

Randy was known to his colleagues as the "Rock". While his father, a minister, and his mother together laid the Spiritual Foundation in Randy's life, it was his mother who was always the "Rock" in his life. Constance was the "constant" steady force for him and there was no greater bond between a mother and a son than the bond they shared.

When Randy strayed from the Lord in his youth, it was Mommy's prayers and admonishment to return to the Lord he heard continually. It was his mother he called, while she was visiting her sisters in New York, to declare that he had given

his heart to the Lord and made the commitment to follow "his Jesus" for the rest of his life. He vowed to serve Him with every fiber of his being. 
                                       
As she rejoiced, her prayers having been answered, she thanked God for this special son she knew was destined to do great things for the glory of "Randy's Jesus".

Randy's Paternal Grandparents

Grandmother:
Irene Hogan Simmons
Ethnicity: African, Irish & Cherokee
Grandfather:
Daniel Simmons
Ethnicity: Native American
Cherokee Nation

Randy's Maternal Grandmother

Mrs. Clara Etta Fields
September 14, 1897
April 30, 1982

The Clara Fields Multicultural Literacy Program is appropriately named after Valjean's, Randy's and Gina's Grandmother. Clara Fields one of nine children, successfully raisednine children of her own: Bernice, Edna, Harry, Clara, Rosalee, Edith, Luberta, William and Constance Simmons.

Determining that her children would all have the benefit of a good education to escape the poverty and hard life that she had known, she set out to do whatever it took to realize her dreams for her children.

She honored education and instilled a love and appreciation for education in her children. Working at various jobs from scrubbing floors to sewing, she saved money for their education.

Our grandmother loved children and they loved her. My mother tells of the many times that she could not get near her mother because grandmother was surrounded by other children. It made me think about the "Glory Kids" who ran to meet Randy each week for eleven years, shouting "Randy's here, Randy's here." I'm sure that his sprit of love for children came from his grandmother.

It was a spirit of survival and perseverance that carried the Cherokee to Indian Territory on the Trail of Tears. Today, it is that same spirit leading their descendants such as my brother Randal Dallas Simmons.

Contact: Valjean Adams
955 Highway 61 East, Suite 123
Winona, MN 55987

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Cecil Adams, Jr.