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James "Jim" B. Sims
Oct. 19, 1930-May 1, 2013
James "Jim" B. Sims, of Aztec, passed peacefully on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, with his family at his side at the age of 82. He was born Oct. 19, 1930 in Maxwell to Marvin Thomas and Jewell C. Sims.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He was also the fire chief in Tucumcari, for 14 years.
Jim enjoyed working with his hands and he was always looking for a new project or someone else to help.
Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Durward Sims.
He is survived by his wife, Dolly Sue Sims; son, James (Jill) Barton Sims; daughters, Brenda (Steve) Gaye Slaughter and Debra (Kenny) Sue Sutherlin; brothers, Delmar Sims, Alton Sims and Cecil (Dixie) Sims; sister, Shirley (Bob) Arnett; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Jim gave his life to his family, his faith and he never met a stranger. He was example of courage, determination and good spirit.
He was an inspiration to all that knew him especially for the last few years, as he battled cancer.
He will continue to inspire us all.
A funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Bethel Baptist Church, 201 Heiland Road in Aztec, with Pastor Bob Schlauger officiating.
Interment will follow in Crestview Memorial Gardens in Durango, Colo.
Pallbearers are Travis Sutherlin, Jerry Sutherlin, Kevin Sutherlin, Shaun Sutherlin, Stephen Slaughter and Lane Sims.
Jim's care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel of Aztec, 405 S. Main Ave., 505-334-9332.
Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com
Cope Memorial Chapel of Aztec
405 South Main Avenue
Aztec, NM 87410
Published in Farmington Daily Times from May 3 to May 10, 2013