Rita H. Sims

May 7, 1942September 9, 2018
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Rita Sims

Easley – Rita Ann Hudson Sims, 76, wife of Lewis Ronald “Ronnie” Sims, passed from this life on Sunday September 9, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Rita was born in Greenville County a daughter of the late John Earl and Juanita Elizabeth Messer Hudson. She was a 1960 graduate of Parker High School and she was retired from the lunch room at West End Elementary School in Easley. Rita was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church where she was active in her Sunday School class. She enjoyed spending time with her family and camping with her husband Ronnie. She was a member of Travel Masters Camping Club in Easley.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Ronnie, her daughters, Sonya Gregory (David) of Columbia and Ronda McWhorter (Les) of Anderson. Also surviving are grandchildren, Preston Gardner, Courtney Gardner, and Shane Gardner, Hailee McWhorter, and Garrett McWhorter, also great grandchildren, Phoenix Gardner, Josephine Medina, and Alaira White. Rita is also survived by her furry baby, Chase.

The family will receive friends Thursday at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens from 12 Noon to 1:45 PM with funeral services following at 2 PM in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to members of The Interim HealthCare Hospice team who provided care so lovingly during her last days.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting

Memorials may be made to Interim HealthCare Hospice, 16 Hyland Road, Greenville, SC 29615.

The family is at the home.

Dillard Funeral Home Pickens, SC


  • Lewis Ronald Sims, Husband
  • Sonya Gregory (David), Daughter
  • Ronda McWhorter (Les), Daughter
  • Grandchildren include Preston Gardner, Courtney Gardner, Shane Gardner, Hailee McWhorter, and Garrett McWhorter and great grandchildren Phoenix Gardner, Josephine Medina, Alaira White and her furry baby Chase.

  • Shane Gardner
  • Jose Medina
  • Preston Gardner
  • Charles Rimer
  • Wayne Rimer
  • Bryant Sims

  • Interim HealthCare Hospice


  • Visitation Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 13, 2018

Rita H. Sims

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Laura Howard

September 13, 2018

My sweet Ronda, I am so sorry about the loss of your mom and sorry we could not come to the service, but please know that our love, thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Your mom was always so proud of you and when we would see each other I love to tell her how special you were at McKissick and she would just glow. If there is any thing that Don and I can do for you please let us know and stay in touch . Don and Laura

Nancy Zahm

September 13, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Nancy and Randy Zahm

Janet and Buck Tolbert

September 12, 2018

Ronnie and family. We are so sorry to hear of Rita’s passing. She was such a sweet person. Can remember some fun times many years ago when we all attended Brushy Creek. You are in our prayers!!! Buck and Janet Tolbert

Barbara Craig

September 11, 2018

Rita & I grew up together on Brandon. We had some good times together. She was a very sweet & loving person & will be missed by all who knew her. My prayers r with Ronnie & the family

Ronda McWhorter

September 11, 2018

My sweet Mama led me to the Lord, showed me the importance of family and how to love and forgive. Words can’t express my sadness. The Lord healed her and made her whole again. Please pray for us in the days and months to come.