- [S4] Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee), 12 May 2008.
SIMS, ROSS, JR. (JUICEY) - age 84, Glory recalled one of its finest on Monday May 12, 2008 when Ross transitioned from this world into Heaven. Born April 17, 1924 in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Former Knox County Sheriff Ross Sims Sr. and Albertine Wood Sims. Raised in Old North Knoxville on 5th Avenue, he attended Old Knoxville High School. Ross was a decorated WW II veteran having seen action in the Pacific Theater while serving in the United States Navy from 1941 -1946 on the USS Iowa. When the war ended he worked for KUB and spent the remainder of his career in several law enforcement positions in Knoxville, including Knoxville Police Department and The Knox County Sheriff's Office and Zayre's Dept Store. Ross enjoyed several years retirement living in the Smoky Mountains and was a hiker and historian. He was a lifetime fan of the UT Volunteers and a staunch republican. Member of the Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Powell. Ross was preceded in death by parents, grandparents, Rev. John and Rosa Williford Wood, Bruce and Lillie Reagan Sims, brother Jack Sims, brother-in-law Elmer Webb. Survived by devoted wife of 41 years, G. Evelyn Clemmer Sims; children: Janie Sims Gartee (Kerry), Nashville, Diane Sims Rogers (Avery), Greenback, John Sims, Knoxville, Judy Christopher Pruett (Jeff) and Sara Christopher Bradley (Ron), Knoxville, Michael Christopher, Knoxville; adored grandchildren: Richard Stalcup, Suzanne Roberts, Kim Williams, Brian Stansberry, Ben Stansberry, Matt Stalcup, Amber Weaver, Kari Sims, Stephanie and Brittany Bradley, Adam Christopher; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Bobbie Webb and brothers Don Sims (Susan), Knoxville and Ron Sims Virginia; a very special cousin Billie Freels; many nieces and nephews. Many thanks from the Sims family to his church family, St. Mary's Residential Hospice staff, and to Ruthie Burner his Hospice home health care nurse, all his neighbors and friends. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Ross's memory to St. Mary's Hospice, Halls publication or Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Rest in Peace - Daddy. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 14, 2008 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Highland Memorial Funeral Home (Bearden) with a Celebration of Life Service to follow with Dr. Thomas Sweet officiating. Those wishing to attend the entombment service will meet at Highland Memorial Cemetery at 11:45 AM for a 12 Noon service with full military honors. Mr. Sims' guestbook is available on line www.highlandmemorialparks.com to share your thoughts and remembrances. Highland Memorial is honored to be serving the Sims family (588-0567)