The funeral of Deacon Earl Sims was held on Wednesday February 2 at the New Ford Baptist Church in Danburg. Mr. Sims was born on December 19, 1930 in Philomath to parents Charlie Sims and Annie Sue Maxwell Sims. He married Elizabeth Benson in August 1951 and the couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on June 12, 2016. Mrs Sims died on January 3, 2018. Mr Sims was also predeceased by all of his siblings, including James Sims. , Johnny Sims, Mary Frances Sims Danner, Sarah Nell Sims Cofer and Agnes Sims James and her granddaughter, Ashley Sims.
Earl joined St. John Baptist Church at the age of 13 and was later ordained a deacon there. In 2014, he joined the New Ford Baptist Church, of which his wife was already a member. He loved the Lord and enjoyed leading devotional services anywhere. He loved life and his family. He was educated at Jones Chapel and Mulberry Church School.
During his early years, Mr. Sims worked for the Clarks Hill, South Carolina Power Company and for various companies in the pulpwood industry, including Vince Hogan Industries,
Quarles Timber and Barkesdale Timber Company. He also worked for the City of Washington and was an independent poultry farmer for over 10 years. Mr. Sims’ hobbies included gardening, hunting, playing Braves baseball and watching cowboy shows on television.
Survivors include his children; Earl Sims, Jr. (Mary) of Washington, Carolyn Ramos (Gene) of Jacksonville, Florida, Sharon Sims (Lydell) of Brooklyn New York, Gail Sims of Brooklyn, New York and Virginia A. Sims of House. Other survivors include 13 grandchildren, sister-in-law Mrs. Elnora Lee, a host of devoted nieces and nephews, and many cousins and friends.