OLANTA -- John Henry Sims, age 85, died Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at his home following an illness. Funeral Services will be held at 3 pm Friday, June 21, 2019, at Olanta Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery, directed by Floyd Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 1:30 pm 3 pm prior to the service at Olanta Baptist Church.Born in Florence County, he was the son of the late John M. Sims and Ella Mae Matthews Sims. John was a retired auto mechanics instructor at South Florence Career Center, a member of Olanta Baptist Church where he was former Chairman of the Board of Deacons, a member of the Men's Brotherhood, and a former teacher of the Thomas Truluck Sunday School Class.He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harold Sims and Earl Sims; and two sisters, Gracie Mae Freeman and Shirley Buddin; and three brother-in-laws, Ralph McAllister, Hamp Freeman, and David Buddin. Surviving are his wife, Miriam Morris Sims of Olanta; one daughter, Sondra (Eddie) Floyd of New Zion; three sons, John W. (Carol) Sims of Florence, Larry O. (Miriam) Sims of Florence, Roger D. (Virginia) Sims of Florence; three sisters, Miriam McAllister of Coward, Sybil (Rev. Roger) Tripp of Ayden, NC, and Carolyn (Rev. Harry) Cooper; and one brother, James (Carol) Sims of Olanta; twelve grand-children and seventeen great-grandchildren,. Our special thanks to family members, Chuck and April Floyd, and to the staff of Encompass Health for their special love and care. Memorials may be made to the Thomas Truluck Scholarship Fund c/o Olanta Baptist Church, P.O. Box 188, Olanta, SC 29114.
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