Patricia Ann White Sims, age 85, of Northport died on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at DCH of Tuscaloosa. She was known to all as Patsy. An open time of "Visitation & Celebration" will be Monday, May 17 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the North Tuscaloosa Church of Christ. Visitation will begin at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, May 18 at Magnolia North Funeral Home with the Funeral to follow at 4:00 pm. Clark Sims, Bert Sims, Bryant Evans and Greg Farris will officiate the service with Kelly Sims, Hunter Sims and Christian Sims leading singing. Burial will take place at Williamson Cemetery in Northport. Magnolia North Funeral Home is directing.
Patsy is preceded in death by her wonderful parents, OL and Bessie Mae White and by her beloved husband of 55 years, Milton E. Sims. She is survived by: Her sons and daughters, Clark and Tracie Sims, and Bert and Melody Sims: Her grandchildren: Kelly and Megan, Hunter, Christian, Anna Grace, Bess and Lily, along with one great-granddaughter, Milla, all of Northport. Her sister, Bettye Jeanne White Thomson of Huntsville, and brother, OL "Sonny" White, Jr. and his wife, Nedra, of Northport: Also, numerous dear relatives, close friends and a loving church family survive this "precious, darling" lady.
Pallbearers will be special friends of Patsy's, Greg Barker, Tavares Cook, Price Gentle, Johnny Hill, Billy Peek, Eric Richburg, Luke Waldrop and Mark Waldrop. Honorary pallbearers include members of the North Tuscaloosa Church of Christ, where she was a charter member, co-workers of Riverside Junior High School, and other secondary schools where she taught social studies as a career until her retirement, the graduating class of 1954 of Tuscaloosa County High School, where she carried the honor, Miss County High, as well as dear friends since childhood, wonderful neighbors from the main and 22nd avenue areas where she resided, Dr. Ross Vaughn, and the nurses and staff working with Dr. Vaughn, Way, Ray, Shelton & Co. PC, DCH Home Health and the employees of Martinview Assisted Living.
Patsy had a wonderful home life and established a noble career in education, but it was when her daddy sent her to the bank in downtown Northport when much of the impact of her life began to take shape. It was there she met her Milton. Patsy's core was her relationship with God. Then, her relationship with Milton. Her boys and grandchildren were raised in environments where that core was so obvious. Patsy was kind and uplifting. She treated people the way she would want to be treated. She lived the "Golden Rule," whether it was customers at the Golden Rule Grocery or students at Riverside Junior High or people who would line up around her just to hear someone call them precious and pat them on the hand. She followed in the steps of her God in that she was "no respector of people." She treated "everybody" like they were "somebody!" No wonder she was so loved!
Memorials can be made, and would be highly appreciated, to the 12 Baskets Ministry Service of the North Tuscaloosa Church of Christ at 1081 Fairfax Park, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35406 or to Childhaven Children's Home in Cullman, Alabama at PO Box 2070, Cullman, Alabama 35056.
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