LAWRENCEVILLE – Willie Lamar “W.L.” Sims, 91, formerly of Decatur, died Monday, July 11, 2011.
Born in Monroe, he attended Winder High School and was employed by Carwood Manufacturing Company from 1938 to 1942 before serving in the United States Army during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service. He was co-owner/operator of Sims Radiator Service, with locations in Decatur, Chamblee, Conyers and Lawrenceville. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Christian Church for 56 years, where he taught Sunday School and served as a greeter for many years. Mr. Sims was preceded in death by his wife, Clara “Estelle” Phillips Sims.
Survivors include children, Dianne Bunn, Conyers, Barbara Bush, Lawrenceville, Phillip (Christy) Sims, Gainesville; grandchildren, Rebekah (Derrell) Roberts, Conyers, Jennifer (Jon) Day, Carrollton, Keith (Lori) Bunn and John Paul (Jessica) Bush, all of Suwanee, Phillip Sims, David Sims, Atlanta, Paul (Flor) Sims, Allanah Sims, Gainesville; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m., from Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Jon Day officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. before the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Hemophilia Foundation, 116 W. 32nd St., 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is in charge of arrangements.