Simington, Samuel J.

July 20, 2006

On July 15, 2006, SAMUEL, beloved father of Samuel, Jr., Alfred and Kevin Simington, Frankie Toole and Lynne Woolridge. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, three brothers, three sisters-in-law and a host of other relatives. Friends may visit the JAMES A. MORTON & SONS FUNERAL HOMES, INC., 1701 Laurens St. Friday 3-7 p.m. On Saturday, Mr. Simington will lie in state at Mt. Pisgah C.M.E. Church, Riggs & Fulton Aves. The family will receive friends 10-10:30 a.m. followed by services. END BENNETT J. SIMS, Bishop Emeritus of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, died Monday, July 17 at Pardee Hospital, Hendersonville, North Carolina. Bishop Sims was born on August 9, 1920 in Greenfield, Massachusetts and grew up in Davenport, Iowa and Kansas City, Missouri. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Baker University in 1943, he served in the United States Navy as a line officer on destroyers. He graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1949. His first parish was the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore, where he served from 1949 to 1964. He also served as parish priest in Tokyo, Japan in 1962 and 1969 and at Christ Church in Corning, New York from 1965 to 1966. He joined the faculty at Virginia Theological Seminary in 1966 as the founding director of continuing education. He was elected bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta in 1972. Following retirement as bishop in 1983, he returned to education as an adjunct professor of theology in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and founded the Institute for Servant Leadership at Emory in 1983. He moved the institute to Hendersonville, North Carolina in 1988 and continued to serve as president until his retirement in 1999. Bishop Sims is the author of five books: Invitation to Hope: A Testimony of Encouragement (1974); Purple Ink: A Selection of the Writings of Bennett J. Sims as Bishop of Atlanta (1982); Servanthood: Leadership for the Third Millennium (1997); Why Bush Must Go: A Bishop's Faith-Based Challenge (2004); and The Time of My Life: A Spiritual Pilgrimage Grounded in Hope (2006). Bishop Sims is survived by his wife Mary Page Sims; his brother The Reverend Edward R. Sims; children Laura Sims Boucher, Grayson Sims, and David Sims; grandchildren Matthew Boucher, Sarah Boucher Sommers, Nathan Sims, and Katherine Sims; and great-grandchild Elke Jane Boucher De Pew. He was preceded in death by his parents Lewis Raymond Sims and Sarah Cosette Jones Sims. A memorial service for Bishop Sims will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 5 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 North Charles Street, Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a favorite charity or to the Institute for Servant Leadership, P.O. Box 1007, Hendersonville, NC 28793-1007.

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