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Lewis C. Sims

April 3, 1928 ~ May 28, 2019 (age 91)


Lewis Carey Sims was born April 3, 1928 to Mable (Greene) and Samuel T. Sims in Shelbyville, Tennessee.   At the age of 16, his family relocated to Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

He accepted Christ into his life at an early age and was a faithful member of Union Baptist Church. He was a member of the senior choir. He attended Central High School and graduated in 1947. He enlisted in the United States Army on November 20, 1950; while in the military he received several awards and medals. He received an honorable discharge on November 19, 1952.

In 1954, he united in holy matrimony to Ella L. Calland they were married for 53 years at the time of her death in 2007.  

He was employed by Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, International Harvester. He was the first black bus driver for Public Transportation Corporation; he retired on August 16, 1993. After his retirement he worked part time for Ellis Funeral Home and Carmichael Funeral Service. He was a bartender and member of the American Legion Post 148 and Al Jennings Retired Men’s Club. 

Lewis departed this life on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. “Paw-Paw” as he was affectionately called by his grandchildren was very loving and caring. He loved his family dearly and will truly be missed. 

Lewis leaves to cherish his memory his daughter; Angela Thomas; granddaughters, ShaVaughn McAfee and Sierra Martin; son in love, Tim Odie; grandson in love, Andrew Woodson; five great grandchildren, El’Laira Winborn, Elijah Davis, Issac Woodson, Serinity and Sincere Hernendez; brother, Samuel Sims all of Fort Wayne; sister, Mae B. Moore of Indianapolis; cousins, Gene (Augustine) Greene and Jeanetta Greene both of Nashville, TN; and a host of  nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

 He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella L. Sims; parents, Samuel T. and Mable Sims; brother, Howard Sims, Sr.; sisters,  Virginia Sims and Charlene Stewart.

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June 7, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Union Baptist Church
2200 Smith Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46803

Funeral Service
June 8, 2019

11:00 AM
Union Baptist Church
2200 Smith Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46803

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