HOOPESTON – C. Floyd (Cotton) Sims, 88, of Hoopeston died at 2:55 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 5, 2013) at the Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Care Center.
Floyd was born Oct. 12, 1924, at Hoopeston, the son of Luther Basil and Lucy Vera (Polson) Sims. He married Margaret Anne Neathery on Feb. 9, 1947. She preceded him in death on Dec. 16, 2007.
He is survived by two daughters, Debbie (Bob) Alkire of Hoopeston and Soni (Darrell) Holmes of Covington, Ind.; and one son, Scott (Denise) Sims of Wellington; six grandchildren, Andy Alkire, Jennifer (Bob) Fish, Bethany Walker, Lucus Sims, Seth Sims and Emily Sims Davis; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; one sister, Marie (Bill) Harrington of Bloomingdale, Ind.; sister-in-law, Margaret (Roy) Sims; and his fiancee, Frannie Moore of Hoopeston; several nieces and nephews; and his canine pals, Jack and Jill.
He was preceded in death by both parents, a granddaughter,
Stephanie Alkire; one brother, Roy (Whitey) Sims; and a sister, Lavonne Leonard.
Floyd was a member of the First Christian Church, Hoopeston, where he served as chairman of the board and various other capacities.
Floyd served in the Marine Corps in World War II, spending most of his time in the Philippines on the island of Leyte. When Floyd returned from the service, he farmed in the East Lynn area and was a chief at the Rankin Fire Department. He later moved to Hoopeston and worked for Shur Gain Feeds in Danville and Kent Feeds, a division of Canada Packers, retiring after 29 years. Floyd went to work for Stokely Van Camp, retiring after several years of service.
Floyd was a life member and Past Master of Star Lodge No. 709 AF&AM of Hoopeston. He was also a proud 50-year member of the Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Danville.
Floyd loved to travel and was privileged to be on the first Honor Flight out of Champaign. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, boating and spending time with his family. Floyd had a wonderful sense of humor and never met a stranger.
Funeral services for Mr. Sims will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church, 502 E. Main St., Hoopeston, with Pastor Rick Branaman officiating. Burial will be in the Floral Hill Cemetery with military rites conducted by the American Legion and V.F.W. Color Guard. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Brown-Alkire Funeral Home, with Masonic Rites at 8 p.m. by Star Lodge No. 709. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Hoopeston or Star Lodge No. 709. The family has entrusted the Brown-Alkire Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Floyd's life.