Herbert Lee "Herby" Sims Jr.

May 20, 1942-April 25, 2021


Herbert Lee Sims Jr., more affectionately known as Herby, 78, of Sparta, passed away April 25, 2021, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Sims was born May 20, 1942, in Sparta, to Herbert Lee Sims, Sr. and Pearl Geer Sims.

He was retired from Red Kap where he spent his entire career operating a tow motor. Mr. Sims was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish. He did not mind what work he was doing just as long as it was outside - whether on his tractor or riding the trails of Pass Cove on his John Deere Gator. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. He could often be found telling them stories of all the trouble their parents caused.

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Sims.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen Black Sims; two sons, Oscar Lee Sims and wife Stephanie, Greg Sims and wife Kristy; daughter, Teresa Ann Wikre and husband Lowell; stepchildren, Connie Garrett, Julie Vandergriff and husband Darrell, Chris Young, Tommy Young; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brother, Ralph Sims and wife Gail.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., April 28, 2021, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Big Springs Cemetery. John Lawson will officiate. The family will receive friends after 11 a.m., April 28, at the funeral home.  

Lowell Wikre, Logan Wikre, Tim Savage, Jordan Dodson, Michael Fletcher, and Gavin Godsey will serve as pallbearers.   

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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