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SimsObit - Cecil Sims, former Hogsett principal, Cecil J....
Cecil Sims, former Hogsett principal, Cecil J. Sims, 73, of 322 N. Fourth St., a retired Hogsett Elementary School principal and a survivor of the Bataan Death March, died Friday at the Veterans Administration Medical Center on Cooper Drive in Lexington. Sims retired after 23 years . as Hogsett's principal. During World War II, he was a prisoner of war for move than three years. In the Philippine Islands, Sims' tank battalion unit surrendered surrendered to the Japanese in ,1942 on Bataan and thus began, began, the "Death March," a 55-mile 55-mile 55-mile trek in which 10,000 people people died. Sims was a prisoner of war until the war ended. Sims received a Bronze Star in 1984 for his service in the 192nd Tank Battalion, fighting fighting in the Phillippines. In discussing patriotism, 'i J Cecil Sims Sims was quoted in an Advocate Advocate Messenger article as saying, saying, "I would like to impress that if this country is to remain remain free, we, as Americans, must be concerned about our country." Born March 8, 1917, in Cor-nishville, Cor-nishville, Cor-nishville, he was a son of the late Finis J. and Cora Mae Gritton Sims. He is a past member of the Danville Rotary Rotary Club and was a life member member of the Kentucky Education Association and the National Education Association. He was a member of the Daniel Boone Chapter of Fonnef Prisoners of War and the Disabled Veterans Veterans of America. He was a member of the Lexington Avenue Avenue Baptist jGhurch. He 1 attended attended Centre and Campbells-ville Campbells-ville Campbells-ville colleges, and earned his bachelor's degree from Georgetown Georgetown college. He earned his master's degree from the University University of Kentucky. Survivors include his wife, Mary "Beck" Sims; a son, Buz Sims of Lenoir, N.C.; three daughters, Cecilia Broadwater of Frankfort, Becky Sims of POW, dies Harrodsburg and Debbie Sims of Asheville, N.C.; two brothers, brothers, Clyde Sims of Cornishville and Hassell B. Sims of Harrodsburg; Harrodsburg; three sisters, Mary Easterling of Middletown, Ohio, Laura Wright of Wash-' Wash-' Wash-' ington County and Dora M. Lowe of Harrodsburg; and three grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 1 . p.m. Tuesday at Lexington Avenue Avenue Baptist Church, Danville, Danville, by the Rev. Dr, Robert G. . Baker and the Rev. Tommy Lynn. Burial will be in Spring-hill Spring-hill Spring-hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Monday at Stith Funeral Home. The body will be taken to the church at 11 a.m. Tuesday Tuesday to lie in state until funeral .time. The family requests that memorials may be made to The Gideons International. ,

Clipped from The Advocate-Messenger02 Sep 1990, SunPage 2

The Advocate-Messenger (Danville, Kentucky)02 Sep 1990, SunPage 2
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