April 10, 2014

William Clyde Sims

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — William Clyde Sims, also known as Pa, Papa, Bill, was one month short of 90 years old, when he passed away on April 1, 2014 at the South Central Nursing Home in Rawlins, Wyoming.

Bill was born in Hyden, Ky., on May 23, 1924. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 during World War II and served as a gunners mate for four years.

Clyde (as most in Kentucky and Ohio referred to him) married Pauline (Begley) Sims in 1947. They lived in Ross, Ohio where they raised their grandson James (Jim) L. Terry. Clyde worked 30 years at General Motors Company in Ohio, and Pauline worked 30 years at General Electric in Ohio. Upon their retirement they moved to London, Ky., where Pauline died of cancer with Clyde by her side in 1995.

Clyde (now referred to as Pa or Bill)  moved from Kentucky to Wyoming  to live with his grandson James (Jim) Terry, wife Carolyn and Pa’s two great-grandchildren Dakota Terry and Sierra Terry where he lived until he needed 24-hour care and moved into South Central Nursing Home.

Living in Kentucky, Pa was an expert gardener. His enjoyment changed to cutting firewood when he moved to Wyoming. Pa loved cooking, especially when Dakota and Sierra had their friends over to our house. He loved family rides to the top of Seminoe and through the Medicine Bow National forest and riding along during hunting season.  Being outdoors is what brought him the most joy.

William Clyde Sims was survived by a step-son, Jimmy D. Terry and wife Bernadine (Wooten);  two grandsons, James L. Terry and wife Carolyn (Knotts), and Link T. Terry;  two great-grandchildren, Dakota J.W. Terry and Sierra J. Terry; one great-great grandson, Tristan T. Jaure; as well as half-sister, Zola Wooten and half-brother, Dan Wooten.

Pa gave Jim, Carolyn, Dakota and Sierra many years of laughing and sharing stories from his life growing up, along with stories of his time during World War II.  Pa was an independent person, never wanting to have anyone go out of their way to do things for him. At his wish, there was no funeral service. A gathering of family members will take place at the top of Seminoe Mountains this summer to celebrate the memories he has given us.

The family would like to thank all those that sent condolences and especially the caregivers at South Central Nursing Home. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word or the smallest act of caring. Pa loved all the ladies, along with Mike, at South Central Nursing Home. He will be missed by them as well.

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