Susie Lee Sims, age 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Wellstar Cobb Hospital in Austell, GA.
Mrs. Sims was born on April 12, 1929, of the late Raymond Lee and the late Mary Emma Hickox Lee in Hoboken, Georgia. Born and raised in a farming community, she was one of twenty-one children. After graduation from high school in Hoboken, she moved to Jacksonville, Florida, and was employed by Winn-Dixie in their corporate offices. She met and married the man of her dreams, her late husband Wiley O. Sims. The Air Force soon moved the young couple to Chicago, Illinois.
Due to Wiley’s advancing career with Kraft Foods, the young couple soon found themselves moving to many destinations in the Southeast. Along the way, they had four children, Wiley Keith Sims, Lindsay Wade Sims, Susan Sims Marshall, and Julia Sims Harris. Devoted to her family, Susie poured herself into her children and her role as a wife, homemaker, and loving mother.
One of the favorite places the family lived, was Savannah, Georgia, and during that time, with three children in college, and one still in elementary school, Susie began her career in accounting. Even with her busy life, Susie found time to further her education, taking college courses in accounting.
Kraft Foods then took the couple to Orange Park, Florida for a short time, and then on to Tampa, Florida where they spent many fulfilling years. They lived nineteen years in Tampa, forging lifelong friendships, and devoting themselves to service through their church – Lake Carroll Baptist Church.
During this time, Susie continued her accounting career through her employment with a Tampa accounting firm. Utilizing her skills and talent for numbers, she was a valuable and much-loved part of the team for many years. Susie always regarded this special time with great satisfaction and fondness.
After their retirement, Wiley and Susie moved to be near their daughters in Marietta, Georgia. The couple enjoyed the freedom of retirement, and the blessings of an ever-expanding family including eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Widowed in 2017, Susie remained a beloved and integral part of the family, continuing to be active and involved in their lives, through her remaining years.
Known for her loving and devoted spirit, Susie enjoyed creative pursuits in her later years, composing several short stories regarding her family memories. Much loved by her entire family, she was a beacon of sunshine with her sunny and positive attitude and outlook. She was a joy to all who knew her.
Susie is survived by her son Wiley Keith Sims and wife Kam of Tampa, Florida, son Lindsay Wade Sims and wife Kay of Tampa, daughter Susan Sims Marshall and husband Greg of Kennesaw, Georgia, and daughter Julia Sims Harris and husband Gary of Powder Springs, Georgia, as well as thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.