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Happy Birthday Gerald

Just over a week ago, I shared a photo of my great-grandfather, Doctor Eugene “Doc” Sims. Yesterday, his son, Gerald Sims, celebrated his 100th birthday. Gerald served in World War II as a crew chief for the North American B-25 Mitchell bomber in the U.S. Army Air Corps. This is my great-uncle — my grandmother’s brother — and I could tell many great stories of his further accomplishments when he returned home. I suppose I would need to write a book. He never ceases to amaze me. For example, several (more…)

My Great Grandpa

This is a digital photo* I captured of an old photograph of my great-grandfather, Doctor Eugene Oscar “Doc” Sims. The photograph was presumably taken on November 25, 1914, as this date was hand-written on the back. Doc Sims was born in Ocoee, Florida, on June 11, 1867 to Captain Bluford Marion Sims and Fannie Caroline Roper. Captain Bluford Sims, by the way, was co-founder of the city of Ocoee, Florida and established the first citrus nursery in the United States. He was also a distinguished veteran of the Confederate States (more…)