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Michael Lee Sims, ELIZABETHTON

Published August 5th, 2014 10:48 pm

ELIZABETHTON — Michael Lee Sims, age 43, of Elizabethton, passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at his residence.
He was a native of Carter County and is the son of Jennifer Sims and the late Carroll “Bud” Sims and Barbara and David Dula.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandfather, C.Y. Peters, Sr.; his grandmother, Jane Baer; grandparents, Rev. James and Lorhina Sims; and an aunt, Charlotte Pruitt.
Mr. Sims was a former manager of Ridgewood Barbeque and of U-Haul in Johnson City, before retiring due to a disability. He attended Freedom Fellowship Center and enjoyed fishing, UT Football, camping, and all outdoor activities. He loved his friends and church family and his dog, “Lady.”
Survivors include his mother, Barbara Dula and husband David, Hampton; mother, Jennifer Sims, Elizabethton; two brothers, Shannon Sims and wife Jamie, Unicoi, and David Dula II and wife Lisa, Elizabethton; three sisters, Ashley Shafer and husband Matt, and Tonja Dula Garcia and husband Charlie, all of Elizabethton, and Tammy Ellison, Hampton; nieces and nephews, Ashley Arroyo, Megan Dula, Kaitlyn Ellison, Aaron Garcia, David Dula III, John Dula, and Jack Dula; a great nephew, Noland Brockway; a great aunt, Sue Markland; aunt, Paulette Harris; uncle, Boyd Pruitt; special aunts, Margaret Tipton, Linda Arnold, and Shirley Edwards; a special uncle, Steve Stout; special cousins, Becky and Haley Jarnigan and James Harris. Several other nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
A service to honor the life of Mr. Michael Lee Sims will be conducted at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 7, 2014 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway Percy Funeral and Cremation Services, Elizabethton, with Rev. Shannon Sims, officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Thursday; or at the residence of his mother, Jennifer, 1210 Bluefield Avenue, Elizabethton or Barbara, 252 Dogwood Acres, Hampton.
The graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 8, 2014 in the Blevins Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Chris Williams, Allen Jarnigin, Kevin Fritts, David Myers, Charles Garcia, David Dula II, James Harris, Travis Carrier, and Aaron Garcia.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Freedom Fellowship, Jeff Meredith, Jeff Hilton, and the Class of 1990 and the Unaka Football team.
Those wishing to attend the service are asked to meet at Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services at 10:00 AM on Friday to go in procession.
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Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the Sims family. Office: (423) 543-5544.