Clara B. Simmons-Gregg, 59

Worked for city police

October 03, 2007

Clara B. Simmons-Gregg, a retired city Police Department worker who enjoyed acting and singing, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 26 at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 59.

The former Clara Bennett Simmons was born in Baltimore and raised in the Edgar Allan Poe Homes in West Baltimore. She was a 1967 graduate of Edmondson High School.

She began her 36-year career with the city Police Department in 1968 and worked in communications until retiring in 2004.

Ms. Simmons-Gregg then enrolled at Sojourner-Douglass College, where she studied for a bachelor's degree in business while working as secretary to college President Dr. Charles W. Simmons, a brother, who lives in Baltimore.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary published Wednesday for Clara B. Simmons-Gregg, a retired city Police Department worker, incorrectly listed her middle name and age. Clara Bernadette Simmons-Gregg was 58 years old. The Sun regrets the errors.

"Her dream was to start a children's theater company," said a sister, Subhanallah Ali of Baltimore.

Ms. Simmons-Gregg performed with the Arena Players and other local theater groups. She also worked as a runway model and sang at weddings and funerals. She was a member of the Gideon Gospel Choir and was a backup singer for the Uprising Reggae Band.

She established the Kit Kat Klub, a family group that performed each year after Christmas dinner.

"It was a family party where everyone showcased his or her talents, from the youngest to the eldest," Ms. Ali said. "When her voice rang out over the microphone after dinner, `Ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Kit Kat Klub,' you knew the party was on."

Ms. Simmons-Gregg also enjoyed writing and poetry.

"She brought joy and laughter to everyone who knew her with her incredible sense of humor, generosity, listening ear and the wisdom she imparted," her sister said.

Services were held Monday.

Also surviving are three other brothers, Floyd Simmons Jr. of Los Angeles, and Eugene Simmons and Jamal Mubdi-Bey, both of Baltimore; two other sisters, Madinah Saleem of Severna Park and Carolyn "Jumoke" Boston of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews. Her marriage to Franklin Gregg ended in divorce.

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