Roger “David” Sims, 72, passed away Friday, July 27, 2018 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born Tuesday, January 8, 1946 in Thomaston, Georgia, to James William Sr. and Eula Mae (Jones) Sims.David grew up in the old Aldora Mill Village, where he graduated from Milner High School in 1963 and attended Georgia Southern University on a baseball scholarship. He graduated from Gordon (Jr) College and received a MBA from Mercer University.
David retired after 33 years in the telecommunications industry with Southern Bell (Bell South) and AT&T. He was based in several locations throughout his career: Barnesville, Griffin, Americus, Columbus, Macon/Warner Robins, Augusta, Georgia and Phoenix, Arizona. Following retirement from AT&T he returned to his hometown of Barnesville in 2000, where he began Phase Communication along with his telephone company co-workers and friends: David Perkins, Doug Hammond, Gary Allen and Gary Edwards. He was employed by the county government of Lamar County at the time of his death.
David married his teenage sweetheart Sandra Shannon in 1965 and they were happily married for 53 years. He was a 50 year member and Past Master of Pinta Lodge #88 and past President of the Barnesville Jaycees. He enjoyed golf and was one of the original members of Deer Trail Golf Club. David was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy; sons, Dean (Tammy) Sims of Columbus, Georgia; Jason (Dawn) Sims of Fayetteville, Georgia; brothers James “Sonny” (Faye) Sims, Randy (Joann) Sims, both of Barnesville, Georgia; sisters Dale (Kike) Seda of Milner; Georgia; Charlotte Bair of Manning, South Carolina; Judy (Bob) Duncan of Thomaston, Georgia; granddaughters Shannon Sims (Wayne) Smith; and Shelby Sims; grandsons Dawson and Jacob Sims; great-grandson Brayden Steinhaus.
A Celebration of Mr. David Sims Life will be at El Durango, 882 Veteran’s Parkway (Hwy 341), Barnesville, Georgia, Saturday August 4, 2018 from 1pm – 3pm. Please drop by and share a memory, a laugh and offer a toast to David. Share any stories or pictures you may have.In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Aldora United Methodist Church building fund for the new Fellowship Hall.