Barris Edwards Sims, born May 19, 1941 in Como, Texas, was the oldest child born to Manly and L.V. Sims. He attended school in Como and Sandfield and later graduated from Douglas High School of Sulphur Springs. He then joined the United States Army, serving his country for three years.
Barris and Vera Ann Hall were united in marriage on Oct. 5, 1991. They share 29 beautiful years of marriage together.
Barris worked in many capacities for several entities including the United States Post Office, Rockwell International, Sulphur Springs Independent School District and even as a dog groomer, but his most loved profession was that as a servant in the army of the Lord. He was a pastor for over 34 years and co-founded Good News Christian Center.
On May 8, 2020, Barris went to his heavenly home to be with his Savior. He leaves to cherish his memories one son, Fredrick (Celesia) Smith of Como, Texas, and two daughters, Tammy (Tyrone) Demery of Frisco, Texas and Toleia Sims of Sulphur Springs; eight grandchildren, Dedric Smith, Shawana Wooten, Andrew Wooten, DeAndre’ Wright, Aijalon Pryor, Trevon Washington, Marco Flores and Mariah Demery; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Neal of Como, Texas, Barbara Perry of Como, Texas, Elizabeth (Michael) Dale of Como, Texas and Linda Hutchins of Inglewood, Calif.; two brothers, James Sims of Charlotte, N.C. and Manly (Cordelia Sims) of Greenville, Texas and a whole host of nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, uncles and aunts.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 15, 2020 at Coffee Cemetery. Visitation will be held during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2020 at West Oaks Funeral Home.
Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home. www.westoaksfuneralhome.com