Marvin Richard Sims remembered as Cardinals fan and for his generosity
COLUMBIA — Marvin Richard Sims of Columbia died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. He was 93.
Mr. Sims was born Jan. 17, 1918, in Sturgeon to Elvin and Mary Forbis Sims. He was one of 11 children.
Mr. Sims served more than 20 years in the Air Force, including a stint in the South Pacific during World War II.
After retiring from the military, he bought a farm in Hallsville, where he was a member of Hallsville Church of Christ.
"He was a very generous person," Nina Wilhite, his sister, said. She said her brother taught Sunday school at the church.
Mr. Sims loved the St. Louis Cardinals, Wilhite said. He bought a 46-inch flat-screen television last year just to watch his favorite team play.
"He loved sports, and I'm sure he probably watched all the Missouri teams," Wilhite said.
Mr. Sims moved to Columbia in the early 1990s and lived at Boone Landing, a senior living community. He enjoyed meeting the other residents there, Wilhite said.
Mr. Sims is survived by his brother, Gerald Sims and his wife, Colleen, of Hallsville; his sisters, Lillian Sims of Kansas City, Kan., Delphine Hengstler of Reno, Nev., and Nina Wilhite of Overland Park, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.
His brothers, Leon W. Sims, Eugene Sims, Vernon Sims and Arnold Sims, and sisters, Orine Coverdale and Mary Rowland, died earlier.
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the same location. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences can be posted at parkerfuneralservice.com.