Obituaries & Death Notices

SIMMS, Catharine

Word has been received here that Catharine Simms, wife of Lang Simms, one of the first settlers in this county, died at her home in Clark county, Ills., where she has resided for the past 30 years.  She had attained the remarkable age of 111 years.   
Source: “South Coal Creek,” Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Crawfordsville, Indiana, United States, 31 March 1893, digital images, Hoosier State Chronicles ( : accessed 9 March 2020).

SIMMS, George

SIMMS. – On the 31st December, 1887, at his residence, Thornhill Cottage, Boundary-street, George Simms, cosmopolitan comedian, aged 53 years.   
Source: “Deaths,” The Brisbane Courier, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 2 January 1888, digital images, Trove ( : accessed 11 March 2020).

SIMMS, James

SIMMS – James, died Aug. 7 at 5 o’clock p.m., aged seventy-six years.  Funeral at 2 o’clock, Aug. 8, at Simpson’s Chapel.  Friends invited.   
Source: “Died,” Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 8 August 1894, digital images, Hoosier State Chronicles ( : accessed 10 March 2020).


John Simms, who resided here, died at the insane hospital at Indianapolis and was brought here for burial Sunday.   
Source: “Jamestown,” Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, Crawfordsville, Indiana, United States, 11 November 1898, digital images, Hoosier State Chronicles ( : accessed 10 March 2020).

SIMMS, Martha

Mrs. Mary Simms, the wife of Charles Simms, was found dead at 4 o’clock yesterday morning by her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Doan, at No. 283 East Washington street.  It is claimed that death resulted from an overdose of morphine.  Dr. Barnhill, of the City Dispensary, said last night that he was called to the dead woman’s room, and on his arrival there was told by her mother that the latter had given her a quarter the evening before with which to purchase a bottle of the drug.  The mother, however, to the reporter, denied having done so, and said that her daughter had not taken morphine.  Mrs. Simms and her husband separated two years ago, and it is thought her troubles drove her to suicide.   
Source: “Supposed Suicide,” Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 7 October 1888, digital images, Hoosier State Chronicles ( : accessed 9 March 2020).

SIMS, Carl

Carl Sims, formerly of Enochville, but who has been making his home in Atlanta, Ga., for a number of years, fell on Friday, October 17th, and received injuries which resulted in his death the following Tuesday.  He was about 32 years of age.  He is survived by his wife, who, before her marriage, was miss Ruth Poston, of near Mooresville, and four small children.  Mr. Sims is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Mack Sims, and one sister, Mrs. Joe Christenbury, of near Huntersville, and three half brothers, M. M. Sims, of Kannapolis, and Smilie and Walter Sims, of Stony Point, N. C.  Funeral and burial took place in Atlanta, Ga., Friday, October 24th.  Mr. Sims was well known in North Carolina.   
Source: “Kannapolis Department,” The Concord Daily Tribune, Concord, North Carolina, United States, 30 October 1924, digital images, ( : accessed 4 March 2020).

SIMS, Frances Moody

Mrs. Francis Moody Sims, wife of Mr. J. Munroe Sims, died suddenly Sunday morning at her home, 1420 South Boulevard.  Mrs. Sims’ death occurred some time between day light and 6 o’clock at just what time the family could not tell.  Mrs. Sims had been a semi-invalid for years.  She was in her usual health Sunday night, was at the supper table with the family, and seemed unusually bright and cheerful.  She sat in the parlor after tea listening to her daughter, Miss Mary Sims, play several pieces.  She remarked “I love to hear you play.”  She retired about 10 o’clock.  Her room and Mr. Sims’ adjoined.  About 12 o’clock Mr. Sims went to see if she was comfortable.  She was sleeping naturally.  He looked in the room about day light and she was still sleeping quietly.  At 6 o’clock Mr. Sims got up and dressed and passed through his wife’s room to go to the front porch.  He noticed a peculiar expression on Mrs. Sims’ face.  He spoke to her but received no answer.  He called the family and summoned physicians, but there was no need for the latter, as Mrs. Sims had passed, death being due to a stroke of apoplexy.  Mrs. Sims was a native of Lenoir.  Her father was William Moody, her mother, Marther Barber Moody, of Lenoir.  Both parents died when she was a child.  She was reared in the home of her uncle, Mr. M. D. L. Moody, in this city.  She graduated at Davenport Female College, and married Mr. Sims February 16, 1869.  She spent the remainder of her life in this city.  To Mr. and Mrs. Sims were born four children, Mrs. Arthur H. Wearn, Mrs. Claud Matthews, Mrs. Perry McGinn, and Miss Mary Sims.  Besides these, and her husband, Mr. Sims, is survived by a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Taylor, wife of Mr. Z. V. Taylor, of Hickory, and two half-brothers, Mr. M. F. Kirby, of this city, and Mr. John W. Kirby, of Marion; and two grandsons, Ashton Matthews and James Wearn.  Mrs. Sims lacked but a month of being 67 years of age.  She was born September 3, 1845.  She remarked Sunday afternoon: “If I live a month longer I will be 67.”  Deceased was a sweet-spirited woman whose mission, for nearly 30 years, had been invaladism.  The fortitude of her character, her Christian faith and the lessons it brought her, so fortified her that no word of complaint, no murmur escaped her.  The influence of her life, as restricted as it was by ill-health, reached out beyond her home, helping others to bear patiently the “thorn in the flesh”; to be resigned to that which was decreed.  Devoting herself to her home, she omitted nothing that could minister to the comfort of her loved ones.  The last act of her life – just before retiring Sunday night – was to put extra covering on the beds of her husban dand children, as the night was cold.  Mrs. Sims read a great deal, not only for her pleasure, but for the profit of her little grandson, Ashton Matthews, who spent much of his time at her side.  Beside having a mind well stored, Mrs. Sims was a woman of sweet refinement, and high principles.  In faith, she was a Presbyterian, her membership for a long period of years being at the First Presbyterian church.  The Funeral.  The funeral services will be conducted at 4 o’clock this afternoon at the residence, by Rev. D. H. Rolston, of the First church.  The officers of the church, will act as pall bearers.  The interment will be in Elmwood.   
Source: “Mrs. J. M. Sims Dies Suddenly,” The Charlotte News, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, 5 August 1912, digital images, ( : accessed 25 February 2020).

SIMS, Gibson R.

Mr. Gibson R. Sims died at his home in Dewese Township Tuesday Morning.  He was buried at Ramah Presbyterian Church of which he was a member, the funeral being conducted Tuesday afternoon by Rev. J. M. Bigham of Huntersville.  He was born May 15, 1875, enlisted in the Army in 1900 and served three years, one year in the Philipine Islands.  He married Miss Mary Hunter of Stoney Point and leaves one child.  He spent a few months in New Mexico for his health but finally succumbed to that dread disease consumption.   
Source: “Death of Mr. G. R. Sims,” The Charlotte News, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, 12 July 1906, digital images, ( : accessed 25 February 2020).

SIMS, Henry

Joliet, Ill., June 17. – Henry Sims deputy warden of the Illinois state penitentiary, died from the effects of a stroke of paralysis brought on by exposure by chasing Charles Russell, an escaped convict, a week ago.  Mr. Sims was formerly a detective out of C. S. Deneen’s office when the latter was state’s attorney of Cook county, and was also a member of the Chicago police force for years.   
Source: “Dies from Chasing Convict,” True Republican, Sycamore, Illinois, United States, 14 June 1913, digital images, Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections ( : accessed 15 March 2020).

The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.

Thornton Wilder