Walter Raleigh Sims Jr.


Walter Raleigh Sims Jr., 73, died Friday, July 19, 2019, at his residence.
He was born at Powers Hospital in Athens, Alabama, on April 6, 1946, to Walker R. Sims Sr. and Rebecca Holmes Sims. He grew up in the Coxey community and in Athens.
He was the grandson of the late Grace Owen Holmes and Milton Turner Holmes, and of Raleigh and Myrtle Abigail Pugh Sims.
There will be a graveside service 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Athens City Cemetery, with Spry Funeral Home directing.
He was a 1964 graduate of Athens High School and a graduate of The American University in Washington D.C.
He proudly served his country for four years as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Security Agency in Southeast Asia and in Washington D.C. during the Vietnam Conflict.
Walter spent his career working in the fashion industry as a marketing executive while living mostly in New York and Los Angeles. He also lived for a time in Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago. He loved to travel and saw much of Europe and the Far East.
Walter is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Debra Cummings Sims; daughter, Walker Anne Sims; and mother, Rebecca Holmes Sims. He is preceded in death by father, Walter "Buck" R. Sims; and a daughter, Abigail Marie Sims.
Walter was a dedicated godly family man, a wonderful husband, a role model, a shining light and the best Daddy-o.
His friendship and connections reached across the world, and his exuberance for life was contagious. He was greatly loved and he loved greatly.
Donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.
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Debbie Platt
Jul 23, 2019
My thoughts and prayers to Debra, Walker and all of Walter's family. Walter was a shining light who mentored many of us and steered our ship at Swatch when often we thought our ship was sinking! His sense of humor is what I remember most as he faced having to live in the big, bad city and every morning (this was back in the 80's), he would come in to work and we would hear about how much garbage he had to walk through to get to work and he would threaten he was moving back to Dallas or to Alabama....hundreds of times! We all would end up laughing about it and usually go out to a fabulous dinner and laugh some more. I remember his passion, his compassion and most of all I remember him twi...sting his mustache when he was deep in thought. Rest in peace dear Walter....Read more
Cynthia Hackworth
Jul 22, 2019
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