Don David Sims (1944 - 2018)

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December 04, 1944 - April 15, 2018

Mobile, Alabama

Don David Sims, died on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama after a long battle with dementia & diabetes. He was the only child of Mable Gilbert Sims and Clyde David Sims. He was raised on a farm in Chipley, FL. Upon graduation from Chipley High School in 1963 he went into the Navy where he studied aviation medicine and served as a hospital corpsman in Viet Nam. He worked for many years as a Safety Engineer until poor health forced him to retire in 2002.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Mable Sims, Chipley, FL, and his daughter Kassandra Leah "Kassie" Sims of Pensacola, FL

He is survived by his wife, Debbie and their daughter, Samantha Gonzalez (Jesse) grandson, Julian Gonzalez and step-son, Brenton McClellan of Pensacola, FL. He is also survived by his daughters, Sonya Sanders, Chipley, FL and Donna Christine Sims, Joplin, MO, grandsons, James Aaron Sanders and Brandon Casey Sanders and great-grandchildren Hosteen Sanders and Gabriella Sanders of Chipley, FL.

Don wanted it remembered that he loved his country and he loved his family, past and present. He loved growing tomatoes, listening to Elvis and feeding the squirrels, who waited impatiently at his door for peanuts. He was an excellent Southern cook who always had a pot of beans and cornbread on the stove and sitting down to have lunch and watch The Young and The Restless with his beloved dog, Legolas.

Interment wwas held Monday, April 30th at Barrancas National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held May 11th in Chipley, FL
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on May 2, 2018
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