Ernest "Fred" Sims, age 73 of Lebanon formerly of Camden, TN passed away on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
He is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, John Mogan & Lorene Sims; maternal grandparents, Fred & Maude Saunders; and nephew, John David Sims.
Survived by parents, E.J. & Frances Sims; wife, Leigh Sims; brother, John (Sandra) Sims; children, Melissa (Tony) Amonette, Scott (Paula) Sims & Michelle (Carl) Grammatico; stepsons, Joseph (Bethany) Nance & Daniel (DeMetri) Nance; grandchildren, David Sims, Luke, Lauryn, Logan, & Lillian Amonette, Grace, Jackson, Sadie, & Madeline Grammatico; Paisley Moon and Beckham Nance; and niece, Emily (Shane) Stookey.
Mr. Sims was a graduate of Camden High School and a Navy Veteran serving on the USS Saratoga. He was a lineman for South Central Bell and the owner of Sears in Waverly, TN. Following the 1978 Waverly propane rail car explosion, he was called to a life of public service. This began as he served at the Waverly Fire Department, Humphries County EMS, Captain at Williamson County EMS, and Charter Captain at Brentwood Fire Department. He was Fire Chief for the Lebanon Fire Department and also worked for the Fire Marshalls office with the State of Tennessee. Before retiring in 2012 he was the project manager and involved in the planning and building of the TN Fire & Codes Training Academy. His hobbies included camping, fishing, and woodworking. He was also an avid reader of history.
Visitation will be held in the Partlow Funeral Chapel on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 from 3 to 6 p.m. with a Celebration of Life service following at 6:30 p.m. with Terry Kennaman officiating.
Graveside services will be on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Liberty Cemetery in Camden, TN.
Pallbearers will be Scott Sims, Tony Amonette, Carl Grammatico, Shane Stookey, Joseph Nance, Daniel Nance, & David Sims.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the Lebanon, Brentwood and Waverly Fire Departments, Tennessee Fire Service & Codes Enforcement Academy, & Tennessee Fire Marshal's office.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the TN Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial building fund or The Wounded Warriors Project.
Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements, (615) 444-7007 www.partlowchapel.com.