OBITUARY

Joanne Carmen Sims

March 9, 1941April 29, 2019
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Joanne Sims passed away April 29, 2019. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Robert Sims.Joanne is survived by her mother, Minnie Bell Clark; sons, Kennie (Lesa) Sims and Jason Sims; grandchildren, Kevin Sims and Leslie Paige Sims. Joanne Carmen Sims was born in Greensville North Carolina on March 9th to Minnie Bell Clark. Joanne believed that a real woman never shares her age, therefore we will only mention the day; not the year of her birth. She had two sisters that preceded her in death: Erma Ardell Moore and Olga Delouis Little Williamson. Joanne graduated from Allen High School in Asheville, North Carolina. While at Allen she began a love affair for sports, mathematics and reading. She competed on the basketball and softball teams. Joanne attended North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina where she aspired to become an architect. After North Carolina A&T, Joanne moved to Atlantic City to become a waitress, where she met her husband of nearly fifty years, Ronald Robert Sims of Westminster, Maryland. Ron met Joanne while serving in the Army at Fort Dix. The two decided to wed and relocate to Harlem, New York, where they began their lives together. While in Harlem, they both found meaningful work at Brownell Inc., located in midtown Manhattan. Joanne worked in the finance department and Ron worked as a shipping clerk. In 1970, the Sims family moved from Harlem to Hollis, Queens where Ron went on to manage residential properties, including Woodhull Apartments and later Lefrak City. Joanne continued her work supporting major companies by filling different bookkeeping responsibilities throughout her career. She worked for several large New York based firms as Andrews Nelson Whitehead (paper), Edward S Gordon Company (commercial realty) and Clarion Partners (now known as ING). Joanne was the co-owner of the catering company, A Taste of Honey. She was known to offer dishes from any different ethnicities and cultures. Her love for cooking began at a young age when she learned from her Grandmother and Great Aunts. Her son Jason was an athlete. Ron and Joanne encouraged and supported Jason’s activities. Jason was on the swim team, karate team, football team, baseball team, golf team, tennis team. Where did they find the time? Her son Kennie pursued a career in professional golf. Her greatest love was for her grandchildren, Kevin and Leslie. As Ron’s health began to fail in 2009, Grandma and Grandpa decided that Tampa would become Joanne’s new home. Cooking for her family and friends got her out of bed most days. Because Joanne displayed her love through food.

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  • She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Robert Sims.
    Joanne is survived by her mother, Minnie Bell Clark; sons, Kennie (Lesa) Sims and Jason Sims; grandchildren, Kevin Sims and Leslie Paige Sims.
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  • Visitation Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 11, 2019

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Evelyn Chambers

May 12, 2019

Dear Jason and Kennie,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother. Jo was an amazing lady and was cherished by everyone who knew her. I’ll truly miss her wisdom and warm-heartedness. She will always be remembered, as I will forever hold her in my heart. God rest her soul.

Michael Miller

May 10, 2019

Kennie, Jason & Family,

I am so sorry for your loss of JoAnne. She was a great friend of mine! She will be deeply missed in our community. We had so many great times together. She could always make me smile. I know that she is in a much better place now and rejoicing with the Lord and her husband. If I can help you all with anything, please don't hesitate to call me.

Earl and Dolores Biggett

May 9, 2019

Dear Kennie and Family.
We are sorry for the loss of your loved one, Joanne. You have our deepest sympathy during this time of bereavement. Blessings, and may The Lord be with you.
Earl and Dolores Biggett, Sr.

patricia hart

May 5, 2019

you will always be welcome in my heart and in my mind..thank you for all
the love and kindness you have already given me..i appreciated it more than i ever had a chance to tell you. love. pat hart

Cindy Priess

May 3, 2019

Rest in peace Joanne. I remember our days at Holy Trinity in Hollis where we were both active. My condolences to your family.

Chad Oleson

May 2, 2019

You will be missed. Your kindness has been passed down to your children and grandchildren. Thank you for your blessings and Love for all.

Marcellus Williams

May 2, 2019

I will forever miss your Lasagna! Thank you dearly for accepting me as one of your own!
SIP 💔

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