HOMESTOWN -- Samuel Morris Sims, 79, died Nov. 6, 2012, at his home.
Born Aug. 5, 1933, in Pemiscot County, to the late Cleveland and Queen Elizabeth Wheeler Sims, he had retired as police chief of Homestown. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
On Nov. 25, 2010, in Sikeston, he married Edna who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: 14 children and their spouses, Patricia and Solamon of Yazoo City, Miss., Dina of St. Louis, Samson of Japan, Cleveland and Carmella of the state of Arizona, Jason of Chicago, Leila Romona, Samantha, Kevin, Samuel Jr. and Stacy of the state of Missouri, Janice of Denver, Sylvia, Priscilla, Kentuata, YaVonda and Samuel of Sikeston and Elizabeth of Atlanta; and 30 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: one daughter, Anita; five sisters, Clara, Betty Pearl, Mattie, Beatrice and Leila; his twin brother; and two grandchildren.
Services were conducted Saturday at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Emanual Lofton officiating.
Burial followed in the Homestown Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Samuel M. Sims Jr., Cleveland J. Sims, Kelvin L. Mitchell, Daniel Mille, Samuel Bryant Sims and Samuel R. Sims.
Honorary pallbearers were: Samuel Pully, Otis Wynn, Billy Shavers, Emanuel Thompson, Lucious Synn and Mon T. Grays Jr.
The Brimhall Funeral Home of Wardell was in charge of arrangements.