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SIMS, ROBERT LEE (BOB) - age 88 of Sevierville died October 29, 2013 at Sevier County Health Care Center. Robert was a member of Fox United Methodist Church. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother as well as a decorated veteran of World War II, farmer, carpenter, and bridge builder. Robert is preceded in death by his parents, John and Hulda Thomas Sims, sisters: Clessie Seaton, Lynnie French, Estalie Ogle, Ruth Hill, Myrtle Davenport, Gladys Butcher, and Mildred Huff. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Fern Feezel Sims; his two sons, Garry and wife Margurite, and Jeff and wife Nancy Sims; grandchildren, Kristi Atchley and husband Bryan; Tasha Wade and husband Zach; and Shane Sims and wife Jennifer; great grandchildren Ansley and Jordan Atchley, Gretchen and Chaz Wade, and Lillian and Colin Sims; and sisters Ruby Fox and Wilma Woods. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II from October 1943 until January 1946 as a Private First Class. His combat duty included England; Belgium, France; Luxembourg, Germany; and Holland. Robert served with Company A 331st Medical Battalion 106th Infantry Lion Division. His company fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He received four battle stars for action in Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He earned a Combat Medical Badge, ATO Medal, EAMETO Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal. In March of 1991, Robert received a belated Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in ground combat against the armed enemy during World War II in the European, African, and Middle Eastern Theater. Robert retired from Charles Blalock and Sons in July of 1993 with twenty-two years of service as a bridge foreman-superintendent. One of his most memorable projects was lowering the tunnel on the Spur to make it two lanes rather than one. He also supervised construction of numerous bridges and overpasses on Interstate I40, I640, I81, and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Pallbearers will be Bryan Atchley Jr., Eric Harvey, Jason Owens, Dwight Payne, Shane Sims, and Zach Wade. Honorary Pallbearers will be Woody Allen, A.L. Byrd, Burnett Finchum, Larry Hamilton, Al Prudhomme, Johnny Sims, Fred Simms, and Earl Stiles, Tommy Watts, employees of Sims Tractor and Implement Company, and members of the Charles Blalock and Sons family. The family extends a special thank you to the nurses and support staff at Sevier County Health Care Center. They were compassionate and provided excellent care. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Fox United Methodist Church in care of Golda Coleman, 4105 Newport Highway, Sevierville, TN 37876 or Fox Cemetery in care of Randy Hodge, 639 Layman Drive, Dandridge, TN 37725. The family will receive friends in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville on Friday from 4:00 - 6:45 P.M. with the funeral service following at 7:00 PM led by Pastor Ken Lambert. Interment will be at Fox Cemetery at 11:00 AM on Saturday with military honors provided by American Legion Post 104. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. (

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Atchley Funeral Home
118 E Main St Sevierville, TN 37862
(865) 453-2835
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2013
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