Richard E. SIRMANS

SIRMANS, Richard E.

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Deacon Richard E. Sirmans departed this life on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Deacon Sirmans was married to Christine Sirmans who preceded him in death. He was affectionally known as "Papa Sirmans" to those who knew and loved him. Deacon Sirmans was a committed and faithful member of St. James M.B. Church, Riviera Beach. He served on the Deacon Board and Trustee Board. He was a member of the Male Chorus, Sunday School Teacher and New Member Orientation Leader. He also served as an exemplary Christian role model for many young men and women in the community. After relocating from Lakeland, Georgia to West Palm Beach, he became an entrepreneur owning a grocery store, gas station and lawn maintenance company. He worked in the Town of Palm Beach for over 30 years and was respected as a highly skilled and gifted "Gardener." Richard Sirmans served in the Army during World War II from March 1943 to May 1946. While in the military, he was honored with the World War II Victory Medal and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal. He was a long time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) American Legion Post 199. He leaves his memories to be cherish by: two sons, Benjamin Pickens (Marilyn) and Keith Howard of West Palm Beach; two sisters, Ruth Thomas, Riviera Beach and Juanita Crawford, Atlanta, Georgia; brother-in-law: Benjamin Holmes, Orlando; grandchildren: Darryl Everett (Maryann), U.S. Navy, Crystal Sandifer (Benny), Macon, Georgia, Benjamin Pickens, Jr., Brandon Pickens, and Sherrita Crummell of West Palm Beach; great-grandchildren: Benjamin Pickens, III and Breeanna Pickens; a dedicated niece/daughter: Helen Williams, West Palm Beach; devoted niece: Patsy Dicks, Baltimore, Maryland; godchildren, Felicia Davis and Deon Davis; and a host of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 26, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens, 5601 Greenwood Ave., West Palm Beach. A Service of Celebration will be held at Mt. Olive M.B. Church, 3700 Ave. "O", Riviera Beach on Saturday, April 27, 11:00 AM.

Published in The Palm Beach Post from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2013