paper dated May 23, 1947, not named
James Henry Sims, son of James and Louary Cherry Sims, was born June 7, 1864, being the third son of a family of seven children. He departed this life at Macoupin hospital in Carlinville just at the break of day on Saturday, May 17, at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 10 days. He had been in failing health the past few months, entering the hospital the afternoon before his death.
"Uncle Henry", as he was familiarly known to all, spent his entire life in the Berean vicinity near Modesto, and was well and widely known. His death cast a gloom over the community in which he lived for so many years. He was a man of many fine qualities of heart and mind, and was greatly loved by everyone who knew him. He always showed hospitality to all who came to his home.
He was united in marriage to Sarah Turner in the fall of 1894. To this union were born five sons. His wife and one son, Herbert, preceded him in death several years.
He leaves to mourn their loss four sons, namely, Howard, Harold, Ralph and Lester Sims; two brothers, Robert and Allen Sims, all of Modesto; four grandchildren, Mrs. Melvin Mansfield, Alice, Marvin and Lowell Sims; two great-grandchildren, Keith and Sharon Mansfield; several nephews and nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at Vancil Temple Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, with Bro. LL Curry of Griggsville officiating. Mrs. Jesse Turner and Mrs Russell Stults sand "The Old Rugged Cross", "Face to Face", "Sometime We'll Understand", and "Good Night Here, Good Morning Up There". The accompanist was Mrs. Ralph Williams.
The pall bearers were Cecil Hart, Ross Wheeler, Earl Philips, Ralph Hilpert, Lester Turner, and Ernest Castleberry.
Flowers were cared for by Mrs Eva Brown, Mrs Prentice Cox, Mrs Cecil Hart, Mrs John Eades, Mrs Ross Wheeler, Mrs Edna Madison, Mrs Earl Philips, Mrs Claudia Scott, Mrs Ralph Hilpert, Mrs Lawrence Hayes, and Mrs Fred Mansfield.
Burial was in Pulliam cemetery.