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Waltrip Funeral Directors

1415 Campbell Road, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Charles Lee Simms

November 23, 1936July 22, 2020
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Charles Lee Simms was born November 23, 1936 in Leesburg, Mississippi to parents J.B. and Talitha Simms. Charles (or Charlie) as he was known to some friends entered into Heaven to the Lord on July 22, 2020 at the age of 83. After a long battle with Parkinson/Super Nuclear Palsy he left peacefully thru Heaven's gates to meet his Savior, Jesus Christ.

Charles lived in Mississippi during his early years until 1953 when his family moved to Baytown,Texas. He attended Robert E. Lee High School and graduated there in 1955. He later attended Lee College in Baytown, then finished his education with a BA Degree at the University of Houston. He retired from Exxon after 40 years there. In 1956 he married Linda Rae Prince of Highlands, TX. He was the youngest ordained deacon of Second Baptist Church in Baytown. He left as Chairman of Deacons in 1970. He became a member of Long Point Baptist Church in Houston and served in many leadership capacities including the longest serving Chairman of Deacons at that church. He was a Bible Study teacher for 50 years.

Retirement Announcement Released by P.T. Mulva, The Controller's Department, September 27, 1994 Mr. C. L. (Charlie ) Simms, Operations Manager, Card Center Transition Team, has elected to retire on September 30, 1994, after more than 38 years of Company service. Charlie began his career at the Baytown Refinery in General Services on June 4, 1956. Attaining his Accounting degree from the University of Houston in 1961, Charlie transferred to Humble Oil and Refining Company's Marketing Accounting Center in 1963. Later, he joined the Card Center in 1967 and served in a number of supervisory assignments before becoming Processing Manager in 1988. While in this capacity, his Mail Inserting Group received the prestigious Houston Area Mail Center of the Year award from the Houston Postal Customer Council and the U.S. Postal Service in 1992. Most recently Charlie has been instrumental in managing the physical closing of the Card Center's operations, including records transfer to G.E. Capital or destruction, as well as fixed asset redeployment and sales. In addition, he has made many valuable contributions during his tenure with Exxon, from managing the largest first class mail processing center in Houston, to furthering the quality and safety initiatives in the Card Center. We sincerely appreciate Charlie's contributions and wish Charlie and his wife, Linda, the very best in their retirement years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, J.B. and Talitha Simms, his daughter Debra Ann Simms and daughter-in-law, Joetta Simms. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Linda Rae Simms; son, David Lynn Simms; grandchildren, Clayton Lynn Simms, Khoury Danielle Baez, Elizabeth Ann Hayes and husband, Eric Hayes; three great-grandchildren, Eric Hayes, Jr., Ethan Hayes, Elijah Hayes of Highlands, TX. Also surviving is his brother, Richard Simms and wife, Denise Simms, of Willis, TX and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family received family and friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 27, 2020 at Waltrip Funeral Directors. Services followed at 11:00 in the Waltrip Chapel, Rev. Bob Craig, officiating. Interment then followed in Woodlawn Garden of Memories.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, July 27, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, July 27, 2020

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Nancy Morris

July 28, 2020

My heart goes out to Charlie's family in their loss. I worked with Charlie at Exxon Card Center. We had great memories of working together as he was a wonderful Supervisor. Always smiling and going through life with joy. He will be missed. God bless his family with the Spirit of Comfort.

Kimberly (Prince) Auzenne

July 27, 2020

I am very saddened for the loss of my uncle, Charles. Heaven received another good one!

As a young girl, I would spend the weekend with my favorite cousin, Debbie. Linda Rae and Charles would come pick me up from our house on N. Circle Drive for the "slumber party". At the time, they lived in Baytown too, on a street called Clayton, across from James Bowie Elementary.

I will always remember Charles coming in soooo early waking us up to get ready for Sunday School & Church Service. We were too sleepy from staying up so late.
And poor David--he had to hear our noise from the TV, or the noise from our girlish fighting over something silly like Barbie dolls. He probably lost plenty of sleep too.

Anyway, Linda Rae would tell us to Hurry, Hurry, Hurry! We are leaving in 15 minutes! Well after thinking we were gonna be left, we got in the car, sometimes half-dressed. Then we'd be on our way to Second Baptist Church on E. James Street.

Boy, those were the days of laughter and love. Charles will be missed, but at least Debbie has her Daddy with her again. Much love to all of you! Lovingly, Kimberly

John and Debbie Holliday

July 27, 2020

I first met Charles after a huge storm knocked down a tree on our home. He and some other neighbors showed up with chainsaws to help clear the yard. My husband knew him many years before. He is responsible for leading my husband to accept Jesus as his savior. John would sit in the yard each week and listen to Charles preview his Sunday school lesson. John cherished those times and loved Charles dearly. I loved Charles for his wonderful outlook on life and quick wit. He and Linda are forever in our hearts.

Carl Prince

July 27, 2020

I didn’t get to see him in recent years but he’ll always loom large in my memory. I’ll remember him most for his gentleness, his patience, and wonderful conversation. I’m blessed to call him my uncle.

Love to Aunt Linda Rae, cousin David, and the rest of the family. My heart goes out to you on such a great loss.

Irene Moreno

July 26, 2020

Charlie was my supervisor at Exxon. I enjoy working for him. He had a wonderful sense of humor and made my daily job interesting. Blessings to the family.

Doyle Strickland

July 26, 2020

Charles will be long remembered, for his quick smile , warm hugs and that twinkle in his eyes, that told you, he was your friend!! I feel fortunate, that when he and Linda Rae married, he became my cousin! We shared a few memories, all cherished!!

DAVID SINGLETON

July 26, 2020

Linda Rae, Ricky:

Sorry to hear about Charles' passing. I told Jimmy about Charles on phone. He's in PA and currently under medical care. He and Charles were close as cousins growing up. I will get the Obit up to him. We send our condolences. You and the Family are in our thoughts and prayers. Charles lived a good and full life.

David Singleton
New Orleans

Nancy Kline

July 26, 2020

I worked with Charlie at the Exxon Card Center in the early 1990's. He was a kind man who went out of his way to be helpful with my project. Charlie could also tell great stories. My condolences to his family. RIP Charlie.

Peggy Kelso

July 25, 2020

I never worked directly for Charlie but knew him for years at the Card Center. He did work for many years with my former/late husband , Pat Kelso. We both had deep respect for him. My sincerest condolences to his family.

Catherine Curtis

July 25, 2020

I worked with Charlie at ExxonMobil. I can honestly say, I never saw him without a big smile on his face. He could make any day a good happy day. The best to his family.

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