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James Monroe Sims

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James Monroe Sims, 92, of Arcadia, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Born February 1, 1920, in Arcadia, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, James was the third son of Reuben Douglas (R. D.) Sims, Sr. and Effie May Lawley Sims. He was named for his grandfather, James Monroe Sims, the founder of Simsboro.

After graduating from Arcadia High School, James attended Louisiana Tech until enlisting in the U. S. Navy in 1940. James proudly served in the Navy for six years during World War II and was a survivor of the cruiser U.S.S. Chicago during the Guadalcanal Campaign. His ship was sunk by enemy bombers and torpedo planes off the Solomon Islands on January 30, 1943. He then served in the Pacific during the remainder of World War II.

After returning from the war, James attended and graduated from the College of Mortuary Science in St. Louis, Missouri. He worked for Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Alexandria, Louisiana and Kilpatrick’s Funeral Home in Ruston until returning home to Arcadia in 1951. Since that time he has been an independent appraiser and dealer in land and timber in Jackson, Lincoln and Bienville Parishes in Louisiana and in several East Texas counties.

James was a well-learned, soft spoken man -- a kind and gentle person who loved the Lord. He loved his hometown and remembered much about its colorful history, especially the excitement he witnessed as a teenager after the Bonnie and Clyde ambush. As a young boy, he enjoyed going with his father to attend Huey P. Long election rallies. We will miss our talks when James would paint for us a picture of growing up in Arcadia and all the people he had known and loved throughout the years.

James was a member of First Baptist Church, Arcadia, having been baptized there on June 17, 1932. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 70 and the Hospitalized Veterans Association. In addition, he was a member and served for many years as the secretary of the Guadalcanal Campaign Veterans Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, William Sims and R. D. Sims, Jr. He is survived by a nephew, Bill Sims, wife Kathy, and their children: Greg and wife Christine of Shreveport; Drew, wife Jessica, and their sons Case and Luke of Arcadia; Brooke Langford, husband Kevin, and son Reuben Baker of Arcadia. In addition, he is survived by cousins: Pauline Tabor of Jefferson, Texas; Dr. Jim Moshinskie of Waco, Texas; Charles Moshinskie and wife Barbara of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Gloria Echols and husband John of Shreveport, Louisiana; and close friends and neighbors, Ted and Patsy Stringer of Arcadia and their children: Jennifer Hartdegen, husband Vernon, and children: Zach, Raegan, Ryan and Kendyl of Collierville, Tennessee; and Cary Stringer of Nashville, Tennessee.

A special heartfelt ‘thank you’ is extended to Alberta Roberson, Jessie Holland, Magnolia Home Health, Arcadia, and Hospice of Caring Hearts, Ruston, for their concern and faithful care during James’ sickness.

Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Arcadia followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Jeff Hoffman and Dr. Jim Moshinskie will officiate, and Ted Stringer will provide the music. Interment with military honors will follow at Arcadia Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Gary Carlisle, Kevin Langford, Drew Sims, Greg Sims, Jonathan Stewart and Cary Stringer will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Gideon Military Bible Fund or to Hospitalized Veterans Association, P. O. Box 758505, Topeka, Kansas, 66675.

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