OBITUARY

William V Simms

January 28, 1930July 25, 2020

William V. Simms passed-away quietly at home on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Nancy Wilkes Simms of Tampa, FL; his loving son Scott Simms and wife Nancy; daughter-in-law Terry Haynes Simms, grandchildren Chelsea Simms and Lindsay Simms, brother-in law Doyle Dudley, nephews Allen Nuznoff, Doyle Dudley, Jr., Taylor Dudley, Mako Simms Geide and niece Coral Geide. He is preceded in death by his son William V. Simms, Jr., sister Jane Simms Dudley and Maurine Simms Chaney. Bill attended Wilson Jr. High School where he met the love of his life, graduating from H.B. Plant High School in 1948. On April 21, 1951 he married his high school sweetheart Nancy Wilkes, moved to Washington DC while serving in the US Navy, before moving back to Tampa in 1953. Bill was a successful businessman. His successes led him to serve as Port Commissioner of the Tampa Port Authority from 1973 to 1983, serving and as Port Chair for 8 of those years. He went on to be Chairman of the Board of Tampa Bay International Terminals (TBIT.) Bill and Nancy decided to purchase a family vacation home on Little Gasparilla Island where they spent most of their weekends. Bill was a member of Palma Ceia Methodist Church, Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club, Merrymakers Club and was a former member of the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. Bill loved traveling with his wife, friends and family which he did extensively, loved listening to his Jazz music collection, loved hunting, boating & fishing and loved spending lots of time with his family and good friends, sipping on a margarita, martini or simply a cold beer. The family will be having a private celebration of life.

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Dr Chuck Hendry

July 29, 2020

The sun is shining bright orange and the sky is blue , the gulf is calm and clear green, full of baitfish the gulls are flying overhead...the BILLS are together again...trolling for sky mackerel, high-fiveing, laughing and having a beer ...tight lines my friends..miss you both

Erika Mcclurg

July 29, 2020

I met Mr Simms on Little Gasparilla Island 10 years ago who immediately corrected me and said please call me Bill....He was such a gracious...charming...fun loving...generous man who I just adored...He will be greatly missed❤️ Blessings to the family❤️

Sherry McDonaugh

July 28, 2020

What a beautiful tribute and memory of Beloved Mr. Simms. Heaven gained an angel. God bless. 🙏🏼♥️😘

Linda Hume

July 28, 2020

Mr. Simms was a kind and gentle soul. Those he loved, which were many, he loved with hugs, humor and kindness. I was fortunate to be one of those he opened his arms to and smiled every time he saw me. And I am sure there are many that share the same memory of him. Special man❤️I love you, Mr. Simms.

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