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A Celebration of Life

Linda Delores Sims March 16, 1956 – November 14, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016 The Master’s Touch Praise Ministries 4706 Raleigh Road Temple Hills, MD 20748

Officiating

Pastor Damion Briggs Eastern Community Church of Landover, MD


Linda’s Life Journey

God saw the road was getting rough, the hills were hard to climb, He gently closed Linda’s eyes, and whispered “Peace be Thine” The weary hours, the days of pain, all those sleepless nights are passed; the ever patient, worn-out frame, has found sweet rest at last.

Linda Delores Sims was born on March 16, 1956 to James Hammond and Harriet White in Washington, DC. On Monday, November 14, 2016, Linda Sims parted this life to be with the Lord. She continued to live as a Native Washingtonian and attended the District of Columbia Public Schools, including Adelaide Davis Elementary, Kelly Miller Middle, HD Woodson Senior High School. Linda ran track, played volleyball, a cheerleader and coached cheerleaders after graduating at HD Woodson. From the union of Linda and Reginald Anderson Sr. they were blessed with two children, Reginald Jr. and Renicka. She began her career at an early age working at the Department of Agriculture and then she transferred to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Crystal City. She later started a career as a Paralegal working for the Department of Energy Office of General Counsel for 30+ years until she retired in April 2012. Linda accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized at the age of 17 at Mt Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC. In the late 1970s, she joined Tabernacle Baptist Church. There she found and married her soul-mate Eric D. Sims in 2004. Eric and Linda later joined Eastern Community Church in 2015 under the Leadership of Pastor Damion M. Briggs. She was an active member of the Deaconess and Outreach Ministry. Family members use to tease Linda of being a Jamaican because she continued to work many jobs; RFK Stadium, DAR Constitution Hall, Stadium Armory, Washington Redskins (FedEx Field), Washington

Nationals Ballpark and National Theatre. Linda was an active member of Kiwanis Club of Washington serving as president in 2013–14. She participated in Parkland Bowling, Iverson Mall Walkers and line dancing with Camp Springs Senior Center. Linda loved and cared for everyone especially the seniors and disabled. She loved to organize senior outings such as attending plays, luncheons, boat rides and shopping trips. Linda was very family oriented and considered to be the Matriarch of the White Family. She loved eating CRABS, playing family games, singing karaoke, dancing and enjoying time with her grandchildren. She leaves to cherish her memories with devoted husband Eric D. Sims Sr., children: Reginald Anderson Jr. (Crystal) and Renicka Ball (Kevin); Two grandchildren: Chloé and Reid Anderson; loving sister Jacqueline Lemons-Williams (Gregory); father: James Hammond; half-brother: Keith Hammond; Step-sons: Demetrik Anderson, Eric Sims II and Derrick Foster; nephews: Brandon Lemons, Joseph Lemons III, Keith Lemons and Tre Lemons; nieces: Alexis Lemons and Antoinette Lemons; great nephew: Brandon Lemons Jr and Joseph Lemons IV; great niece: Kiara Lemons; devoted aunt: Patricia Coleman; godmother: Selma Kennedy; and a host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and many devoted friends. Linda was preceded in death by her mother, Harriet Lemons; grandmother: Henrietta White, brother: Joseph Lemons Jr., uncles: Walter, James, Harry, Frederick, Maurice and Kenneth White; aunt: Bernice Burns; cousins: Frederick White Jr., Walter White Jr., and Phyllis White


Order of Service Musical Prelude

Victory is Mine

Scripture Reading New Testament

Patricia Moore

Old Testament

Cynthia Carter

Prayer of Comfort

Bernard Morton

Musical Selection

Elder Anthony White

Acknowledgments & Cards

Eric Sims II

Reflections

Family & Friends

Obituary

(Read silently) Musical Selection

Elder Anthony White

Eulogy

Pastor Damion Briggs

Recessional

A Mother’s Love I nursed my babies, and now I am nursed by them. They help me lick the wounds of my sorrows as well As share in the joys of my happier times. Through them I have watched myself grow up again. It fills me with hope to know that they may yet Accomplish some of the things I could not. My children help me tread the waters of my own Tears. Their lives give me a feeling of triumph Over the things holding me down. Sometimes they repeat my mistakes. But even Though they stumble and fall, they are still mine.

I will always stand behind them. The love of God overshadows me. So when my Children repay my love, I feel like I could just burst Open with even more love to give. It is so comforting to know that I will leave This world having the love of my babies, and I Want them to know they will always have mine. I have seen and done many things in this life. But what is a mother without the love of her children? And what is a child without its mother’s love? With love by Eric DeVant Sims (ERDESI) December 1976


Mother’s Love Written by Reginald P. Anderson, Jr.

A mother’s love doesn’t have a match. You’re the first person I call when I made a boo boo or bled out from a bad scratch. A mother’s love is always around, even when your scared and lost and no one is in site to be found. A mother’s love is forever in your heart no matter if we’re sitting together or on a call with distances apart. You will always smile when you experience a mother’s love, as it will be hard for a while knowing you’re not around, we know she’s now in Heaven with the Lord doing her dance and smiling down. Mom, please keep a warm place for us once we see one another again, you’re up there with family and MAMA both smiling and embracing away. We believe that we will be together again in Heaven and rejoice all day. Mom, the Lord brought you home now and you suffer no more, with your faith in God and prayers you now see what the Lord has in store. Mom, was loved from furthest to the closest kin. We will all be in the Lords glory when we meet up again. Thank you for the limitless time you spent with your grands, I will have Chloé and Reid build your new home in the Kingdom made of sand. I thank God for allowing us to have the time we shared. It was his plan to bring you home, your love and memories will forever be in our hearts. Our memory of you is still much alive as your spirit lives on. You are my rock, you are my strength, you’re my best friend, you’re my confidant, you’re my hero, you are my everything... and MOST IMPORTANTLY YOU ARE MY MOMMY! Mom you have taught me how to be strong, loving, caring, independent, honest, kind, supportive, and God fearing. You instilled in me spiritual guidance along with the values and morals of life. I Thank God For You... You are the Matriarch that held the family together. You carried on the legacy from Mama and wanted to ensure that we as a Family stayed close, love one another, be supportive, enjoy time spent, have family reunions and continue to cherish the memories. You showed love to ALL whom came in contact with you. You cared for soooo many people and your genuine spirit, kindness, smile, laughter is what allowed people to love you just as you are... Favorite saying: “Your mother is such a sweet and loving person!” Mom it truly hurts to know you will never meet, hold, teach, correct, direct, spoil and love on any grands from me (your daughter). However, you truly love your grandchildren Chloé and Reid. Your Legacy will Forever LIVE on...

Mom I miss you already, miss that we will not able to travel together our 2 upcoming trips :(, laugh together, sing off key together, bowl together, play cards, eat half a dozen crabs, Praise God together, relax together or just have Mother and Daughter time together! Miss you. Lord I thank you for my mommy, I thank you for the time spent together, I thank you for the memories, I thank you for her love, I thank you for being you O God, I thank you for providing the strength and courage to take care of my mom and allowing me to be there for her, I thank you Lord that she no longer has any aches, pain or hurting inside, mom has to put people out due to their perfume/ cologne smells LOL, and mom is no longer going through the test and trials of life. Thank you Lord Shine on Mommy, Smile on Mommy. For we shall meet again in Heaven. I have gained a Mommy Angel. I Love You Mom. Your Loving DAUGHTER,

Renicka

(Continuing to Be Strong Just For You)


Little Did We Know

Little did we know that morning, that GOD would call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone. A part of us went with you the day GOD called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide. And though we cannot see you, you are always on our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same. But as GOD calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

Pallbearers

Demetrik Anderson Kevin Ball Charles Crump

Travis Drumming Eric DeVant Sims Eric Sims II

Darrell Scott

Flower Bearers Nieces Cousins Deaconesses

Acknowledgments

The family of Linda Delores Sims, would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for your prayers, calls, cards, food, expressions of sympathy, kind and encouraging words during Linda’s illness and in our time of bereavement. We would like to extend a special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Kaiser Permanente and Holy Cross Hospital; The Washington Home and Community Hospices DC; her family physician, the Eastern Community Church, and the many family and friends who reached out to us during this time. May God continue to bless you and yours. Professional Services Entrusted to: Henry S. Washington and Son Funeral Home 4925 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019 (202) 398-6700 Interment: Fort Lincoln Cemetery 3401 Bladenburg Road Brentwood, MD 20722

Repast: The Master’s Touch Praise Ministries 4706 Raleigh Road Temple Hills, MD 20722


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