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David Elder Sims Jr.

July 26, 2019 - 06:00
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July 5, 1940 – July 18, 2019

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David Elder Sims Jr. passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta at the age of 79.

The family received friends on Wednesday, July 24, from 5-8 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home in downtown Greensboro. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, July 25, 10 a.m., at Oconee Hill Cemetery, 297 Cemetery St., Athens, with Rev. Sue Jacobson officiating.

David was born on July 5, 1940, in Athens to Rachel Garrett Sims and the late David Elder Sims Sr. of Athens. He received his primary education at State Normal School, graduated from Athens High School in 1958 and attended the University of Georgia, majoring in political science and history. After college he began his working career at Sterchi Brothers Furniture Company. David was in the furniture industry for more than 45 years and was active in both corporate and retail management positions. Since 2000, David and Susan have made their home at Reynolds on Lake Oconee in Greene County, moving from Lilburn. David was also a business owner, running a successful furniture store, Main Street Furniture, in downtown Greensboro. He had a lifelong interest in history and genealogy. He also spent much of his time gardening and working in his yard. His autumns were devoted to the Georgia Bulldogs. His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren, spending as much time as he could going to their sports activities and other events.

He is survived by Susan Eberhart Sims, his wife of nearly 56 years; three sons, David Elder Sims III and his wife Carolina Darbisi Sims of Athens, Wesley Eberhart Sims and his wife Jennifer Gaines Sims of Watkinsville and Travis Ethan Sims of Athens; four grandchildren, Mary Kate Sims, John Wesley Sims, Thomas Benton Sims and Lucy Sims. He will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Extra Special People Inc., 189 VFW Drive, Watkinsville, GA 30677.

McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, 706-453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit to sign the online guest register.