Cynthia Sims Stearns

March 6, 1957July 10, 2018
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Cynthia Sims Stearns, of Montgomery, Alabama, passed away on July 10, 2018 at the age of 61. Cindy was a graduate of Auburn University where she studied to become a Speech Pathologist. She went on to have a fulfilling career with The Montgomery Public School System where she touched the lives of many co-workers and students. Cindy was also a Master Gardener. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred H. Sims, Jr. and Emma Lou Hooper Sims; and her son, Austin Fred Stearns. Cindy is survived by her husband, Glenn Stearns, of Montgomery, Alabama; and son and daughter-in-law Barton Stearns and Cassidy Coppage Stearns, of Raleigh, North Carolina. A Visitation will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 1:00pm-2:00pm at Leak Memory Chapel. A Graveside service will follow in Montgomery Memorial Cemetery at 2:30pm with Kevin Boyer officiating. Pallbearers to include: Barton Stearns, L. Ray Daughety, Matt Sullivan, Preston K. Williams III, Christopher Williams, J. Lucas Aplin, Jamie Parker, and Preston K. Williams, Jr; and Honorary Pallbearer, Randall P. Boyer. In addition to flowers please consider making a donation to Common Ground Montgomery, a non profit organization that is an inner city/ urban youth ministry. This organization is very close to Cindy’s heart.” Please find information on donations at the following link and specify “Kevin King” under the fund option.


  • Fred H. Sims Jr., Father
  • Emma Lou Hooper Sims, Mother
  • Austin Fred Stearns, Son
  • Glenn Stearns, Husband
  • Barton Stearns, Son
  • Cassidy Coppage Stearns, Daughter-in-law

  • Barton Stearns, Pallbearer
  • L. Ray Daughety, Pallbearer
  • Matt Sullivan, Pallbearer
  • Preston K. Williams III, Pallbearer
  • Christopher Williams, Pallbearer
  • J. Lucas Aplin, Pallbearer
  • Preston K. Williams Jr., Pallbearer
  • Jamie Parker, Pallbearer
  • Randall P. Boyer, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, July 13, 2018

Cynthia Sims Stearns

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Gay Phillips

July 13, 2018

Cindy was my childhood friend. She and I laughed our way through our teenage years. We shared rooms on choir tours and summer camps. We sat together in her mother's kitchen and prayed with Bro. Kelly and accepted Christ as our Savior. We walked down the aisle together at church and made our public profession of faith. We were able to share a wonderful weekend at our class reunion again laughing uncontrollably. I am looking forward to another reunion where family and friends never part. I love you Cindy. Thanks for the memories and what you added to my like.

David Goolsby

July 12, 2018

I’m so sorry to hear about Cintha. A great friend during a wonderful time in my life. Praying Glenn and family.

Stacey Yeend

July 12, 2018

Continued prayers and love for the family.

Lisa Bisaro

July 12, 2018

Cindy was a "one of a kind" and I'm sure that's why she befriended me back in 1983!
I arrived in Auburn with a brand new baby boy and a husband who'd just taken a position at AU. We were displaced Detroiter's who'd never been south of the Mason-Dixon line until the day we followed the moving truck to our home on Cheaha Circle. From that moment on, Cindy and Glenn opened their home and their hearts to my family in the most warm and welcoming way.
Although it was years ago, the feelings and memories of our time together are vivid to me and will never dim. We shared countless meals and stories, hopes and fears, dreams and sorrows. From attending the Cotton Pickin' Fair in Gay GA where Cindy first introduced me to pork rinds (which I love to this day!) to the loss of dear Austin; from their move to Douglasville and subsequent move back to Auburn, to the much celebrated birth of Barton; from Cindy's continued dedication to the children she worked with, to the help she gave, freely and wholeheartedly to just one child in need.
Cindy always loved, always smiled, always cared and always spoke her mind! Cindy was a proud Montgomery native, a strong and capable woman, and a true friend.
As I fight my own battle with breast cancer, I take strength from you and give you my heart, Cynthia Sims Stearns!
War Eagle!