Charles L. Sims, Jr.
Charles Linwood Sims, Jr., 89, died Wednesday, Nov. 29 in Sentara/Obici Hospital in Suffolk.
Mr. Sims was born on March 31, 1928, to in Bumpass, Virginia, in Louisa County northwest of Richmond.
Mr. Sims was the longtime parts manager for the former Suffolk Equipment Company, an International Harvester dealer, later Navstar dealer.
He graduated from Louisa County High School in 1945.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman, 1st Class, during World War II, serving stateside from June 1945 until January 1947. The war ended before he finished boot camp, and he served at the Naval base in Bainbridge, Maryland, which became a discharge center for sailors returning from the Pacific theater.
He briefly enrolled at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, on the GI bill, but left to help on his family farm in Bumpass. He later left the farm and went to work for International Harvester at a distribution center. He also worked at their franchise in Lynchburg, Va., for a short time, before moving to Suffolk in 1949.
At Suffolk Equipment Company, Mr. Sims was well known for his photographic memory of the inventory. He could share a 20-digit parts number over the phone from home to his coworkers and tell them exactly where to find the part. Farmers appreciated his strong work ethic and farming background. He would stay late or come in on off days to make sure a farm machine could be repaired and get back to work in the field during crucial harvest times. They repaid him with bushels of fresh corn, butterbeans, squash, and other crops, which his family would enjoy during the winter. Mr. Sims won many annual sales contests, earning trips to Spain, Hawaii, and other places that he enjoyed with his wife Helen.
Mr. Sims retired in 2009 with over 50 years in the farm and auto parts industries, a career he loved from the beginning to the end.
Mr. Sims was a longtime member of Magnolia United Methodist Church and its Shaw Bible Class. Before Magnolia, he had been a member of Main Street United Methodist Church.
Mr. Sims is survived by his four children, Charles L. Sims III, (Susan) of Suffolk, David Lee Sims (Rosalie) of Topsail, NC, Cathy Reeder (Jim) of Stuart, FL, and Rebecca Adams (Cliff) of Frisco, TX, and two sisters, Alice Spence of North Charleston, S.C., and Ruth Nickel (Nick) of Oakfield, WI. Survivors also include his godson, Morgan Andress (Sarah) of Richmond; seven grandchildren, David Sims (Candy) of Ocean Springs, MS; Eric Sims (Imee) and Matthew Sims (Leah Fleming), of Las Vegas, NV; Peter Sims (Elizabeth) of Owensboro, KY; Stephanie Sims (Trayce McPherson) of Suffolk, Natalie Sims of Newport News, and Kimberly Reeder (Derek Nelson) of Port St. Lucie, FL.
He also is survived by 14 great-grandchildren: Kruze and Charleigh McPhereson of Suffolk; Katherine and Brielle Sims of Owenboro, KY; Brianna and Erin Sims of North Las Vegas, NV; Elliandra, Matthew, Nikola and Geoffrey Sims of Las Vegas, NV; Charlotte Flynt (Kyle), Gary Wade, and Tracy Wade Garrison (Jeremy) of coastal Mississippi; and Charlie Nelson of Port St. Lucie, FL. He is also survived by several great-great-grandchildren. He loved them all dearly.
He is predeceased by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Helen Guy Davies Sims, who died in 2009. They were inseparable in life, and are together again now. He also is predeceased by his parents, Ruth Gay Branch and Charles Linwood Sims, Sr., of Bumpass, and four brothers.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 PM Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Magnolia United Methodist Church, Suffolk, with a reception at the church to follow. Burial will be private. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk VA 23434 is serving the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Magnolia United Methodist Church, 1764 Wilroy Road, Suffolk VA 23434.
Magnolia United Methodist Church
1764 Wilroy Road
Suffolk, VA 23434