John A. Sims

Birth: July 8th, 1921
Death: December 30th, 2011
Age: 90 years

John A. Sims,90


Winnsboro-John A. Sims, 90, a funeral director/embalmer, owner of Richardson and Sims Funeral Homes of Winnsboro and Ferriday, died Friday, Dec. 30. Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Winnsboro Second Baptist Church. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Richardson and Sims Funeral Home, Winnsboro. Interment will follow at Sims Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.


John Arthur Sims was born July 8, 1921 to Marvin D. and Isabella Richardson Sims in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was the twelfth of fourteen children. He attended school in Caddo Parish until relocating to Winnsboro, Louisiana with his Uncle A.J. Richardson, who owned Richardson Funeral Home. He then enrolled at Franklin Parish Training school where he graduated in 1944. Upon graduating,  his uncle sent him to mortuary school at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois where he graduated in 1945. He then came back to Winnsboro where he worked with his uncle in the funeral business.


He united in holy matrimony to Elsie Jackson Sims in 1962 and to this union two daughters were born, Arthurlene Angela Sims Teats and Madelynn Machelle Sims. After working with his uncle for several years he decided to go into business for himself. He opened his first funeral home Richardson & Sims Funeral Home, Ferriday, LA in 1963. He later opened a second location in Winnsboro in 1978. He also expanded his funeral business further by founding United Industrial Protective Insurance Company and purchasing Sims-Gethsemane Memorial Gardens Cemetery.


He was a member of the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, Louisiana Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Northeast Louisiana Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, charter member of Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, Inc. and Winnsboro Second Baptist Church where he has served as an usher for many years.


Remembering his life and legacy are his wife, Elsie Jackson Sims; daughters, Angela Sims Teats (Darrell), and Madelynn Machelle Sims both of Winnsboro, LA; Debra Diane Sims-Gipson, Baton Rouge, LA, Carolyn B. Fredrick (L.C.), Sumter, S.C., Betty Coleman (Rollie), Covington, LA; two sisters, Clara Hines, Shreveport, LA and Zona Robinson, Houston, Tx; four brothers-in-law, Floyd Payne (Letha), Oakland, CA., Melvin B. Jackson (Hattye), Baltimore, MD, Felton Jackson (Leothra) and Carrington Jackson both of Winnsboro; two special granddaughters, Biance Briana Teats, Baton Rouge, Brittani Lewis, Columbia, SC; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


Pallbearers will be Northeast Louisiana Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association.

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