Funeral services for Sims announced.

Funeral services for Otliea Sims, 83, of Houston, Texas and formerly of Helena-West Helena, will be noon Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 at the Greater First Baptist Church located at 125 N. Sam Street in Helena-West Helena, AR. Rev. Arthur Hughes will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove No.1 Cemetery in Helena-West Helena.
Sims died Feb. 21, 2009, in Houston.
Otliea was born to the late Robert and Rosie Norvell on Nov. 4, 1925.
Sims, a devoted mother, grandmother and great, great grandmother went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.
She made a confession of faith at a very early age. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Poplar Grove.
She moved to West Helena in 1969.
Otliea retired from McKnight Mill in 1998.
She was married to the late Owen Sims Sr. and to this union nine children were born – six daughters and three sons.
A brother, Samuel Norvell Sr., a sister, Lillie Mae Campbell, and a granddaughter, Stephanie Ward, preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memory, Ora (James) Ward, William (Pete) Sims of Helena-West Helena, Blanchie Sims of Gary, Ind., Rita and Jerry Davis and James Sims of Waukegan, Ill., Annie Sims of Indianapolis, Larry Owen Jr., (Sheila) Sims of Gilbert, Ariz., Verdine Sims and Diane (L.C.) Bledsoe of Houston; a sister, Louise Willis of Gary; 19 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren; a special cousin; and friend Dorothy Banks-McKissack; a special caregiver nurse, Anniea Hassan; and a host of other relatives and friends.
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