Robert Lee (Bob) Sims,
age 88, of Sevierville, died October 29, 2013, at Sevier County Health Care Center.
Robert was a member of Fox United Methodist Church.
was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother, as well as a decorated veteran of World
War II, farmer, carpenter, and bridge builder.
Robert served in the
United States Army Medical Corps during World War II from October 1943 until January 1946 as a
Private First Class. His combat duty included England, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Germany, and
Holland. He served with Company A 331st Medical Battalion 106th Infantry Lion Division. His company
fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He received four battle stars for action in Northern France,
Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He also earned a Combat Medical Badge, ATO Medal, EAMETO
Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal. In March of 1991, Robert received a
belated Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in ground combat against the armed army
during World War II in the European, African, and Middle Eastern Theatre.
Robert retired from Charles Blalock and Sons in July of 1993 with twenty-two
years of service as a bridge foreman-superintendent. One of his most memorable projects was
lowering the tunnel on the Spur to make it two lanes instead of one. He also supervised
construction of numerous bridges and overpasses on Interstate I40, I640, I80, and in the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park.
Robert was preceded in death by his
parents John and Hulda (Thomas) Sims, and sisters Clessie Seaton, Lynnie French, Estalie Ogle, Ruth
Hill, Myrtle Davenport, Gladys Butcher, and Mildred Huff.
include his wife of 68 years Fern Feezel Sims, his two sons Garry and wife Margurite Sims and Jeff
and wife Nancy Sims; grandchildren Kristi Atchley and husband Bryan; Tasha Wade and husband Zach;
and Shane Sims and wife Jennifer; great-grandchildren Ansley and Jordan Atchley, Gretchen and Chaz
Wade, and Lillian and Colin Sims; two sisters Ruby Fox and Wilma Woods, and many nieces and
The family extends a special �Thank you� to the nurses and
support staff at Sevier County Health Care Center. They were compassionate and provided excellent
The family will receive friends in the West Chapel of Atchley
Funeral Home in Sevierville on Friday, November 1, 2013, from 4:00�6:45 p.m. with the funeral
service following at 7:00 p.m. led by Pastor Ken Lambert. Interment will be at the Fox Cemetery at
11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2013, with military honors provided by American Legion Post
Pallbearers will be Bryan Atchley, Jr., Eric Harvey, Jason Owens,
Dwight Payne, Shane Sims, and Zach Wade. Honorary pallbearers will be Woody Allen, A. L. Byrd,
Burnett Finchum, Larry Hamilton, Al Prudhomme, Johnny Sims, Fred Sims, and Earl Stiles.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fox United Methodist Church, in care
of Golda Coleman, 4105 Newport Hwy., Sevierville, TN 37876 or to the Fox Cemetery, in care of Randy
Hodge, 639 Layman Drive, Dandridge, TN 37725.
Arrangements by Atchley
Funeral Home, Sevierville