Wilbert “Eddy” Sims, 98, of Rineyville, KY passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Elizabethtown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Sims, SSG, retired in 1968 after 20 years in the U.S. Army where he served as a sound technician for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. He had a passion for country western music. He loved to sing and was an avid musician, playing the fiddle and mandolin. For 10 years he was a member of the Louisiana Hayride country music show where he performed as “Fast Eddy Sims”. During his military career he performed for troops in the US and Europe.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years, Jessie Lee Sims.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Jenkins (Terry) of Rineyville, Freda Owens of Washington; four grandchildren, Sherry Popham (Mark) of Rineyville, Jeff Jenkins of Rineyville, Greg Jenkins (Hollie) of Crestwood, Melissa Heine of Oregon; five great-grandchildren, Jared Popham, Jentry Binyon, Jamey Popham, Zachary Jenkins, Garrett Jenkins; two sisters, Zelma Hanson, Lona Moore; one niece, Kat Magraw; and one cousin, Florine Sanders.
Visitation will be from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Wednesday at Chism Family Funeral Home, Vine Grove, KY.
A graveside service for Mr. Sims will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 5, 2019 at the Rineyville Memorial Cemetery, Rineyville, KY with Brother Arnold Moon officiating.