Russell Allen Sims
1960 - 2019
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Russell Allen Sims II was born June 27, 1960 to the late Rosie L. Hillard and James E. Sims in Gary, Indiana. Russell was lovingly referred to as "Shotgun" and "Silky Smooth". Russell graduated from West Side High School, Class of "79". He served in the United States Army and was Honorably Discharged in 1985. Russell made his transition on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. He leaves to cherish his legacy, his son Russell A. (Shara) Sims II, his daughter, Marche' R. Sims, two grandsons: Russell A. Sims III (Tre) & Tyler; four beautiful sisters; Jacqueline Sims, Dr. Loretta J. Sims, Mona Bell & LaDonna Hillard. Three brothers; Roland Whiting, James Charles Hillard, & Robert (Lowkeysha) Hillard. Uncles: Jessie Sims & Otis Jones; Aunts: Barbara Street & Evelyn Griggs; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The Baker Street, 11th Avenue and Clark Road Family held a special place in his heart. Visitation Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 12noon-8:00pm with family hours from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral service Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:00am all services at Calvary Institutional Baptist Church 2400 Virginia Street. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery

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Published in Post-Tribune on Nov. 13, 2019.
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August 28, 2020
Rest in peace my brother did not know until today, Russell was a fine basketball player at Westside and will be missed.
Joe Mohn
December 6, 2019
To Jackie, Russell's children and family,

I just wanted to extend my condolences to you all. I was such a blessing to see Russell at our reunion. I will always remember that smile that lights up any room. Know that I will be praying for your family and I know he will be missed.

RIP my friend,
Valarie Harvey
November 26, 2019
Jackie, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your big brother Russell. It seems so long ago when we ran and played on the playground of Banneker School. Russell was cool in grade school!! He was an old soul who lived a good life and was totally dedicated to his family. May your love for God's word comfort you in this time of sorrow. Humbly submitted, Judge Deidre Monroe
November 16, 2019
R.I.P my friend. Sending prayers and deepest sympathies to the family. May the Lord be with you.
We all will miss you!!!
Anita M Hudson
Anita M Hudson
November 15, 2019
November 15, 2019
Rest in peace My Brother.
Calvin. C.T. Taylor
November 15, 2019
Well cuz you had a beautiful home going.I'm going to miss you.Now you are better than you use to be no aches pain or frustration rest in peace.

Love Patty
November 15, 2019
this was my friend, in school he will be missed

Carla hunter-lyons
November 15, 2019
You will truly be missed my dearest friend R.I.H.
My prayers for the entire Family. May God give you strength and bless you . Much love.

November 15, 2019
You will truly be missed. Your smile, and laughter will always be in my heart. Rest in Heaven, my dear friend ❤

November 15, 2019
To the family you have my deepest condolences my prayers be with you and the family may God continue to bless you all and give you strength
November 14, 2019
God bless you my friend good dude happy friend had good time partying with russ R.I.P. my friend will be miss Bernard & Kimberly Millard peace my friend much love.
Bernard Millard
November 14, 2019
Our condolences To the family of Russell Sims
Briggs & Angela Blakemore
November 14, 2019
May God bless you my friend had a great time partying with you. Good dude R.I.P. my friend to the family Jackie remember the good time always ya'll brother was a good dad good man period. See you on the next side my friend. Bernard & Kimberly Millard be blessed peace much love.
November 14, 2019
My 'fly' cousin! I am so glad we got to know each other. It was never a dull moment when you came around. I will cherish it all & will continue to live life to the fullest just like you.

~ Deb
Deborah Griggs
November 14, 2019
My prayers and thoughts are with the Family. Russell will be missed but not forgotten. He will on the memorial list of Gary Night in Atlanta in which he attended. Rest in peace my friend.
Cathy Russell
November 14, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family. Russell will truly be missed. Praying for the family. ♥
Griffin Pamela
November 14, 2019
You will definitely be missed. Rest in Heaven!
Jaylen and Angelica Cameron
November 14, 2019
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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Jaylen and Angelica Cameron
November 14, 2019
My Childhood Family. My sincere condolences in the loss of our brother Russell. My prayers are with the family in this time of earthly loss.

Sherrill Strickland
November 14, 2019
teresa irving
November 14, 2019
LaDonna and family we are so sorry for the loss of your brother. Sending sincere condolences and prayers. Mr.& Mrs. Browder
Sandra Browder
November 14, 2019 dear friend our friendship ill always carry deep in my heart.
Elaine Rivera
November 14, 2019
Dear Family, Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Russell. You are in my thoughts and prayers. He will truly be missed.
Wanda Epps
November 13, 2019
Rest In Peace our fellow Cougar. God bless the family.
Betty (Reed) Nollen
November 13, 2019
Gods morning to all! With much Love and Respect. Peacefulness always from Charles Metcalf
Gods morning to the Family of my friend, my like brother Russell : please stop crying, We all know how happy and loving of anyone he came in contact with. He would not want anyone to shed tears of sadness. Let the tears shed of his happiness of how he lived through Us all. Russell didn't fall, he stood tall. All the while knowing everyone around him was having a ball. He show up for us all to see, he's going to be okay . For he knew the end was near, so have no fear Russell Shot gun Sims will always be here. So I think I can say to everyone here for Our brother.
Stop crying for me. Start living for me. because you knew me and I did say Hi. Sincerely yours, Charles Metcalf.
Charles Wham Metcalf
November 13, 2019 friend
November 13, 2019
Rest in peace cuz Quintin Thomas and family May God bless the Sims family stay strong family we praying for y'all love Thomas family.
Quintin Thomas
November 13, 2019
Classmate May you RIP. I truly Miss Your Smiling Face. I will forever keep in in my Heart. Jackie & Family , MY GOD CONTINUE HEALINGLOVE YVETTE AYERS
November 13, 2019
Rest Easy Sir Sims Russell, a Man with a Bigg heart full of joy a friend to all !
November 13, 2019
Russ, dude was always in his own element in his own way. You could always count on Russ for a real good laugh, I'm laughing right now. Thanks for the laughter and the memories Russell, he will be missed. May he rest in peace as God bless his family.
Min. Carl Gary
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