Brother Harold D. Sims, 85, of Kingsland went to be with his Lord on July 7, 2017.
Brother Sims was born March 20, 1932 in New Edinburg, Arkansas, the son of Samuel Horatio Sims and Priscilla Josephine Langford Sims.
He was a New Edinburg “Eagle” graduating in 1950 from New Edinburg High School. After graduating from high school he entered the United States Navy. He served on a small destroyer in the Atlantic Ocean. He served mostly in the North Sea.
He married Mary Frances Turner on December 21, 1954 and worked as a fireman in Greenville, Texas. He also delivered bread for the Wonder Bread Company around the Greenville area. He moved back to Arkansas in 1958 with Mary Frances and their two children, Donald and Kathy. He retired as a welder from Central Maloney Transformer Company in Pine Bluff.
Brother Sims surrendered to the Lord’s ministry in 1973. The first church he pastored was South Main Missionary Baptist at Lake Village. During his nearly forty years of ministry he pastored churches at Tinsman, Sparkman, Hampton and Bearden.
In addition to his parents, Brother Sims was preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Mary Frances Sims; brothers, Samuel Alfred Sims, Grover Lee Sims, Johnny Edgar Sims, Lester and Vester Sims, Lewis Sims, C.V. Sims, Roland Sims; and sisters, Kathleen Sims and Maxine Miller.
Survivors include, a son, Donald Sims and wife, Donna of Kingsland; a daughter, Kathy Wylie and husband, James of Norphlet; a brother, Arling Sims of Gainesville, Florida; a nephew like a brother, Jack Sims of Overton, Texas; a niece like a sister, Frances Nell Wilson of Jackson, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Donaven Sims and wife, Abby, Jay Wylie and wife, Jessica, Shasta Mills and husband, Clay, Derrick Sims and wife, Alaina; nine great grandchildren, Carter Sims, Claire Sims, Caroline Sims, Janson Wylie, Judd Wylie, Jolie Wylie, Carson Mills, Molly Mills, Isla Sims and a host of nephews, nieces, friends and church goers.
Visitation will be Monday, July 10 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Buie Funeral Home in Rison.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 11, at 3 p.m. at Buie Funeral Home with Bro. Ronald “Captain” Smead, Donaven Sims and Jay Wylie officiating. Interment will follow at Cross Roads Cemetery in Kingsland. Pallbearers are Ray Sims, Mike Sims, Mike Brown, Mike Aist, John Connell and Steve Turner; honorary pallbearers are Calvin Sims, Charles Sims, Ricky Wilson, Farrell Wilson and Jason Connell.