A family gathering for Garnell Sims, 89, of Edgewood, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2019, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Edgewood. Garnell passed away March 29, 2019, at his home.
Charles Garnell Sims was born May 5, 1929, to the late Wylie Carl Sims and Bertha May Clemmons Sims.
He was raised in Edgewood, graduating with a class of nine people from Edgewood High School and then served his country in the United States Army.
He married Sylvia Jo Jackson on August 28, 1953, and they remained in Edgewood until moving to Mesquite in 1959.
He was employed with Ford Motor Assembly, welding truck beds until 1977 and was then employed with Southern Methodist University as a campus police office for 25 years.
He was a charter member of Edgemont Park First Baptist Church in Mesquite and a proud member of First Baptist Church in Edgewood.
After retirement, he and Sylvia moved to their hometown of Edgewood to live in the peace and quiet of the country.
He lived a full life of passions including sharing his home-grown vegetables, traveling the country, dominoes, enjoying the company of lifelong friends, and spending time with the grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Sylvia Jo Sims; brothers, Jake Sims, Kenneth Sims and wife, Betty Sims; and sister, Jeanette McCord.
He is survived by his son, Garland Sims of Edgewood; daughter, Kendra Docktor and husband, John, of Bedford; brother, Billy Ray Sims and wife, Loretta, of Edgewood; sister-in-law, Durene Sims of Edgewood; brother-in-law, James Jackson of North Carolina; grandson, Ryan Sims and wife, Ashley, of Edgewood; granddaughter, Cortney Easley and husband, Brian, of Canton; grandson, Dustin Docktor of Bedford; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers for the family, it is requested that donations be sent to the charity of your choice.