Floyd Samuel “Sammy” Sims

Feb 13, 2012

February 15, 1927 – February 12, 2012

“Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1

FLOYD SAMUEL SIMS entered this world as a post Valentine gift on February 15, 1927 in El Dorado, Arkansas to Pete Samuel Sims and Eva Mae Richard Sims. At the age of three after the death of his mother, the late Essie Crisp Sims became the devoted maternal love for he and his brothers, Pete Sims, Jr., Sears Woodman Sims and Levi Sims(who preceded him in death).

FLOYD was always very industrious, loved to be outdoors, as well as entrepreneurial. At the death of his father he took the initiative to supplement the family income while attending school. He drove his own taxi and began a lifelong connection with the public. He and his brother, Pete Sims, Jr. later partnered to make Sims Mortuary, Inc. one of the most respected funeral establishments in South Arkansas.

One of FLOYD’S personal goals was to build his own house and that reality is at 428 Liberty Street. This graduate of Booker T. Washignton High School took his multitude of talent and applied it in life’s everyday task. He was constantly project-driven from creating rental units to actually building a car from scratch that ran perfectly. FLOYD was very mechanical and could fix any vehicle. He had a never-say-die attitude and didnt believe in the word CAN’T.

A man of faith committed his life to Christ a s a youth and serve as a member of First Baptist Church-Cordell street. He enjoyed gospel music and his favorite song was ” May the Work I’ve done speak for Me’. He logged thousands of miles travelling the nations’s highways especially to San Francisco to visit his brother. FLOYD always made himself available to family and his chidren by faithfully coming to various “bonding” events and special occasions throughout their lives. FLOYD SIMS trully loved a CADILLAC.

It in not good for man to be alone so he married his high school sweetheart, the late Hazel Clark. The heart has the capacity to love again and Alberta Smith became his wife “until death do we part”. He took great pride in the accomplisments of his wife, Alberta, his daughters, Florida, Linda, Sandra Kay Scott(preceded him in death), Brenda, Constance, Tonya, Falundrus, infant Franeshia(preceded him in death), son Cheundrae and each of his grandchildren. FLOYD has forged a legacy of strengh of character, integrity, self-reliance, commitment to excellence in all that you do,fortified with diligence and hard work.

FLOYD was very affable, well-liked and highly respected in the community by young and old. He love to dine on down-home cooking as many can remember. Everyone loved “Sammy’s” joking nature and his ability to make you laugh. No one could pass his porch without him cracking a joke. FLOYD transitioned from labor to reward on February 12, 2012.

FLOYD SAMUEL SIMS leaves to cherish his loving memories, a brother Pete Sims, Jr., daughters, Florida Cowley,Linda Sims, Brenda Billings(Freddie), Constance Sims(Jessie), Tonya Sims, Falundrus Sims(Michael), a son, Cheundrae Hart, father-in-law, Elmer Smith, 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 nephews and a host of friends and associates whose lives he impacted.

A Homegoing Celebration for FLOYD SAMUEL “SAMMY” SIMS will be held on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, El Dorado, Arkansas with Rev. Billie Artis officiating.

Interment will follow in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens,Norphlet, Arkansas under the direction of the Sims Mortuary Staff. Visitation at the funeral home will be Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, February 17, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.