Rev. James E. Sims,
James E. Sims, Sr., 85, of Bloomington passed away on Monday,
February 18, 2013 at his residence at 12: 34 pm. Funeral services
will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist
Church in Bloomington at 11:00 am with Rev. Frank L. McSwain, Sr.
officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 25, 2013
from 4-7 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and also one prior to the
services on Tuesday.
Interment will be in Evergreen
Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorial
may be directed to Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. The family of Rev.
Sims has entrusted the care of their loved one to
Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington.
James was born on October 28, 1927
in Mound City, Il a son to Robert and Robbie (Thomas) Sims. He
married Corine Garrett in Tamms, IL on January 15, 1944 she
preceded him in death on August 3, 2007.
Survivors include his children,
Charles (Nancy) Sims of Creve Couer, IL, Jerry Dewayne (Esther)
Sims, of Decatur, IL, Jimmy Lee Sims of Peoria, IL, Barbara (Anton)
Sims-Malone of Bloomington, Darryl Terhune of
Bloomington, and Marcus Terhune of Champaign; two sisters, Latrise
Nuckolls of Bloomington
and Claudia Stone of Ann Arbour, MI; 30 grandchildren; and 27
great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife Corine,
Rev. Sims was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, James
Edward Sims, Jr., and Donald "Tony" Terhune, a
grandson, Anthony DeLance Malone, and one brother, Robert Sims,
one sister, Aretha Bell.
In his youth Rev. Sims was a member
of Union Missionary Baptist Church, he later became the long
standing Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Streator where he
served for over 30 years. Rev. Sims has been at Mt. Pisgah Baptist
Church in Bloomington for the last 13 years. He was also the
founder of Grace Baptist Church in Peoria.
Rev. Sims served in many facets of
the community. He was a member of the McLean County Community
Action, the NAACP, the Jail Review Board, Fire Commission,
Citizens Review Board, and also served as an election Judge in
McLean County. He was a member of the Bloomington American Legion,
and the Shriner's in Peoria. Rev. Sims was the executive director
of the United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal Mass
Choir - which his late wife also founded. Rev. Sims also was
involved in many other community organizations. He served on the
Catholic Social Services Board since 1982
He was the proud recipient of the
Dr. Martin Luther King Human Relations Award of Bloomington. He was
a very giving human being and always was helping people. He
distributed food in his building to those who needed it. Rev. Sims
was a key organizer in the Food Share Program in Bloomington.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and
barbecuing; truly enjoyed speaking the word of Jesus and loved
reading the Bible, singing and listening to gospel music. Rev. Sims
enjoyed his time spent with his family and friends and he will be
deeply missed by all who knew him.
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the family at www.kiblerbradyruestman.
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