Breeze-Courier | Taylorville, IL
weather sponsored by
Hickory Estates of Taylorville




Advanced Search
search sponsored by


LOGIN | SUBSCRIBE




McClure FH

home : obituaries : obituaries June 24, 2018

   
6/7/2018 10:59:00 AM
Rev. Dr. R. Paul Sims
+ click to enlarge

Raymond Paul Sims died on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at his home in Rochester. Paul was born on September 10, 1926, to Herman and Mabel Sims in Marion, Ill. He married Jeanne L. Seale on November 3, 1951. She survives him, as does two daughters: Carol Sims and Cathy Sims Norgaard, three grandchildren: Michael, Deanne, and Stephen Norgaard, and two great-grandchildren, Terrali and Nolan. He is also survived by a brother, G. William Sims, of Florida.

Preceding him in death are his parents, three brothers: Ralph Sims (Margaret), Byrl Sims (Augusta), Arthur Sims (Millie), and two sisters: Reba Sims and Fannie Laura Sims.

Rev. Sims was a minister in what is now the United Methodist Church since 1944, licensed at the age of 16 and appointed three small churches while still in school. Soon thereafter he was one of 13 youth delegates chosen nationally to attend the interdenominational, ecumenical, youth conference in post-war Oslo, Norway, and a work camp experience in Poland in 1947.

He attended SIU-Carbondale and then McKendree University for his bachelor’s degree. He taught in mission schools in Hirosaki, Japan, for three years. He served on the executive committee for World Methodism for three terms with major conference events in Hawaii, Kenya, and Singapore. He graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta before coming back to Illinois to serve churches at Fairview Heights, Chester, DuQuoin, and Granite City. He then served the lower 13 counties in Illinois as a District Superintendent before becoming the Assistant to the Bishop in Springfield. Following that term, he served the Effingham Centenary UMC until his retirement in 1996.

He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity from McKendree and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Wiley College. He was also chosen Outstanding Alumni in Ministry from McKendree at their sesquicentennial. He was a loyal member of Rotary International, with 50 years of perfect attendance, and received three Paul Harris Awards, and most recently, “Person Who Makes a Difference‚” from the organization.

Since retirement he has continued to serve God and the United Methodist Church with eight short and long term interim pastorates in and around Springfield, as well as visitation work.

He was devoted to God, his family, and the church. He was greatly loved, highly respected by all, and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be at the Laurel United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 3-7:00 p.m. The service will be at 10:30 a.m., following a visitation time beginning at 9:00 a.m., also at the Laurel UMC. Rev. Dr. Kent Lolling will be leading the service. Burial will follow in Rochester.

Park Funeral Home in Rochester is in charge of arrangements. Visit their online obituary at www.parkfuneralhomesinc.com







Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

If you are looking for the SPEAK OUT submission form, you can find it by clicking here: Speak Out Form


Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

NOTE: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number and email address will not be displayed or shared.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   

















Dr Paul The Dentist
Trinity Dodge Fixed
Springfield Sliders
NewsWebPagesOpinionPeopleObituariesAg & BusinessSportsContact UsLife
Subscriptions | Username & Password Reminder | Change Password | Life

Breeze-Courier & Printing | 212 S Main St. Taylorville, IL 62568 | (217) 824-2233 |
website@breezecourier.com

© Copyright 2014 Breeze-Courier & Printing. All Rights Reserved.
Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Breeze-Courier & Printing.

Software © 1998-2018 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved