Jerry Wayne Sims was born September 26, 1936 in Gadsden, Alabama and graduated from Gadsden High School in 1952. He attended the University of Alabama and played football under Coach Red Drew from 1953-1954. He and Patricia Walthour married October 22, 1955 and had five sons together. He served in The United States Army and traveled much of Europe while enlisted. Following his military service, he moved to Houston, Texas to work for NASA in the Apollo Program while history was being written. NASA awarded Jerry “The Man of the Year” award in 1970. Next in his career, he traveled back to Gadsden, Alabama in 1972 where he opened and ran his own construction company for 9+ years. He then returned to Houston in 1981 and continued his construction business, which he later turned over to his son Patrick. He then opened up the company Capias Investigations which he operated and ran for 20+ years. He worked for almost every judge and attorney in the Houston area serving papers, filing court documents, private investigations, etc….
After retirement, Jerry enjoyed working on his farm, boating, painting, reading, cooking, traveling and would always make time to watch a good John Wayne movie. He has always been an avid football fan, faithfully watching University of Alabama Crimson Tide, and The Houston Texans.
Jerry never met a stranger and he always had a story to tell. Jerry would always go the extra mile to do whatever it took even if it meant running out of gas.
He will be greatly missed
Jerry is survived by his wife Patricia, his five sons, Jerry W., Stephen T., Michael L., Gregory S., Patrick L., 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 1 brother Sonny and numerous nieces and nephews.
The memorial service celebrating Jerry’s life will be held at 11:00am Saturday, December 20th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.