John R. Sims Sr., 88, of Orange, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009 at his daughter’s residence in Hartburg. Services to honor his life will be at 2 p.m.. Saturday, March 14 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Damon Bickham, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Deweyville. Interment will follow services in the Wilkinson Cemetery in Little Cypress. 

Born on Dec. 23, 1920 in Lamont to John M. Sims and Mattie Alice (Dunnam) Sims, he lived in the Orange area since 1966, was a previous resident of Lufkin and he was baptized as a young man at the Oakwind Baptist Church in Clawson. Sims served as a ship’s cook second class in the United States Navy while aboard a minesweeper during World War II. He was employed as an engineer first with the ANNR Railroad in Lufkin and later with the Sabine River Northern Railroad in Orange where he retired in 1985. Mr. Sims enjoyed spending time with his family. He held a special love for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he gave special nicknames to by which he often referred to them by and he enjoyed a great sense of humor for telling jokes and stories. 

Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jackie Sims; brother, C. B. Sims; sisters, Alice Sims and Doris Hassett; and his great-great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Edwards.

Those who will cherish his memory are his daughter, Sharon Hutson and her husband, Thomas of Hartburg;  sons, Johnny Sims Jr. and his wife Carolyn of Deweyville and Bob Sims and wife Sherry of Orange; his grandchildren, Rhonda Broussard, John Sims III, Jeff Sims, Tracy LaFleur, Denise Smith, Bradley Hutson, Kevin Hutson, Brandon Sims, Shikara Williams and Manley Sims; 30 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Sims is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.