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On Thursday, July 7, 2016, this world lost a special man when Richard Wayne Sims, 57, of Williamsburg, passed away while surrounded by loved ones.
Richard was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer in early May and was sadly taken away from us in the blink of an eye two months later.
Richard was born Jan. 8, 1959, in Washington, D.C., to Richard Creel Sims Jr. and Marion “Louise” D. Bell. Richard spent some of his early childhood in the Ruckersville area but lived all of his school years and adult life in Williamsburg, where he graduated from Lafayette High School. Richard was a hard, dedicated worker his whole life. Most recently, before his cancer diagnosis, he worked as a dispatcher for Hunter Mechanical for the last year. Before that, Richard was employed by Technical Services as an HVAC Technician for more than 17 years; he earned various promotions throughout his career there. Richard was a well-skilled man who could do so many things excellently. Before working for Technical Services, Richard worked with various employers, ranging from Busch Gardens to Colonial Cab.
Richard lived a richly-filled life consisting of many things that made him a happy man; it was the simple things. He enjoyed music (mostly classic rock), science fiction (“Star Trek,” “Lost in Space,” “The X-Files”), politics (Fox News), animals and fun times with friends. The thing Richard enjoyed most was his time spent with his family.
Richard is preceded in death by his father, Richard Creel Sims Jr.; his stepfather, Clarence Earl Bell; and his sister, Laura Lee Bell.
Richard was first married to Rosemary Van Houten on Oct. 18, 1980, and together they had three children.
Richard is survived by his ex-wife and friend, Rosemary Van Houten; two daughters, Sara Sims and Chelsea Sims; a son, Tyler Sims; two grandchildren, Summer Marie and Evangeline Rose “Evie”; a daughter-in-law Erin Sim; his mother, Marion “Louise” D. Bell; his sister, Robin Jordan (William); nieces, Holly and Mallory; five great-nephews; many beloved aunts; many precious cousins; and many loyal and loving friends.
Richard also is survived by his current wife, Stephanie Sims, whom he married on Nov. 23, 1997; two stepchildren, Lisa Bradsby (Shawn) and Christopher Scaggs; three grandchildren, Te’juan, Imani and Jada..
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Olive Branch Christian Church in Williamsburg, Va. A graveside ceremony will immediately follow in the church’s cemetery, followed by a lunch reception on the church grounds.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Richard’s GoFundMe campaign, which will help to pay for his remaining bills and expenses. You can access Richard’s fundraising campaign by going to: https://www.gofundme.com/28x66p4z.