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Neal Britton Sims Jr.

March 15, 1950August 23, 2013

Neal Britton Sims was born on March 15, 1950 and passed away on August 23, 2013 in Cullman, AL.

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Neal Britton Sims Jr.

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David Funchess

September 13, 2013

I spent time with Neal when he was at Auburn in Delta Upsilon. His nickname was Hoot due to his glasses. We had many times at concerts and around the fraternity house together. He had a Karman Gia two seater that got him through college and always enjoyed doing things. I will always treasure the memories that I have and appreciate how short life is.............

Robin Calico

September 1, 2013

Neal, my heart is broken and so full of sadness since you passed...you and Judy meant so much to me that I cannot even begin to express it all but I loved you and you will always be in my heart. We had so many, many great times and memories that I will also carry with me...you were such a good friend and so caring and funny...never a dull moment...may you and Judy's spirit and soul find happiness and peace together....much love....

Wayne Hester

August 28, 2013

Neal was a brilliant, creative person and I had the good fortune to work side by side with him at The Birmingham News. I will miss him dearly.

Russell Branham

August 28, 2013

Neal was a tremendous supporter to all of NASCAR. I got to know him well during my years at Darlington Raceway (SC) in the 1990s. He was funny and a joy to talk to, plus he was a walking encyclopedia of all sports information. Boy, did he loves sports! From all of us at Talladega Superspeedway, our deepest sympathies go out to his family.

Deb Williams

August 26, 2013

I enjoyed working alongside Neal in the infield media centers and press boxes at the NASCAR races. He was a delightful person. With deepest sympathy and condolences.

JoAnne Holliday

August 26, 2013

My sympathy to family and friends of Neal, NASCAR has another angel in heaven. Praying for everyone who loved Neal.

RIP Neal

Ronnie White

August 25, 2013

I covered a lot of stock car races with Neal and he was a great friend. He always made me laugh. He loved Goody's Headache Powders. We would get them free in the press box and I would get a handful and give all of mine to Neal. Miss you buddy.

Don Leo

August 25, 2013

Neal was a great guy. Became friends when I worked in NASCAR and owned BIR. Was a super guy and great writer. RIP Neal.

August 25, 2013

Each of us has our own family and relatives, and our own family of friends. Often times the family of friends have never met either their friend's relatives or their family. This is true in my case, and my sincerest condolences go out to Neal's family and relatives. They should know that Neal was a joy to his family of friends. He was intelligent, inquisitive, and a great writer. I was amazed that Neal always wanted to know what you were thinking before expressing his point of view. He had common sense and assimilated the things people said into his own unique way of thinking about the world. Disease and illness can bring the strongest person down. So can the loss of a loved one. The loss of Judy affected Neal greatly but it revealed to me how strong his heart truly was. It was just another wonderful attribute of Neal that I will remember. Neal will be deeply missed by his entire family of friends.
Alan Randich

Doug Demmons

August 25, 2013

So sad to hear of Neal's passing. As a colleague at The Birmingham News, Neal went out of his way to educate me -- a neophyte racing fan -- on the ins and outs of NASCAR. I will always be grateful to him for that.