Nell Faulkner Sims, a native of Union Springs, passed away on May 1, 2019 in Mobile, Alabama. She was preceded in death by her parents: Edwin and Nellie Sharpe Faulkner, brother, Marvin Faulkner; sister, Pam Faulkner; grandparents: Willie and Annie Ree Faulkner and Sam and Minnie Sharpe. She is survived by her husband Robbins Sims, children Will Sims and Anna Sims Barnes, son-in-law Chris Barnes, grandchildren Silas and Juliette Barnes, sisters Geneve Rotton and Jan Price, brother Lloyd Faulkner, and a host of nieces and nephews.
A Service of Death and Resurrection was held for Nell at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church in Mobile on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with The Reverend Sheila Bates, The Reverend Kathy Jorgenson, The Reverend Woods Lisenby, and The Reverend Dr. Tim Trent officiating and Gray Funeral Home of Union Springs directing. A visitation was held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m.
A service of committal was held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Union Springs with the pastor Gene Nelson and pastor Drue Tubbs officiating and Gray Funeral Home directing.
A visitation was held at the church from 2:00 p.m. until 2:50 p.m. Her remains was interred at the Mt. Hilliard United Methodist cemetery near High Ridge in Bullock County.
The family requests memorials be made to the United Methodist Children’s Home or the Meals on Wheels ministry at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church.
Nell attended public schools in Bullock County and graduated from Bullock Memorial School. She received her B.S. degree from Troy State University and her M.Ed. from Auburn University, Montgomery.
She recently retired from a career in social services. Robbins and Nell were married for 42 years. Nell’s life centered on her family, the ministries of the Church, her friends and colleagues, and the persons she served in her vocation.
She is remembered for her faith, kindness, generosity, good humor, and tenacity amid hardships. Though Nell and Robbins lived in various places across the years, Bullock County held a beloved place in her life. Nell’s family is so grateful for the kindness and support of friends here.
Memorials to Nell may be made to The United Methodist Children’s Home or the Meals on Wheels ministry of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church in Mobile.