James Wallace Simms, was known
as "Son" to all of our families growing up in Shreveport, LA, so the
background music "My Son" is so apropos. "Son" was a son of Thomas Milton
and Winifred "Winnie" Elizabeth "Betty" Poole Sims. Uncle Tom was a brother of
Cleo Sims Josey's dad. "Son" had three sisters, Elizabeth (Bush) Sims
Ethridge, Mary Caela (Coila) Sims
Graves, and one living sibling.
is a picture of "Son's" mother, Elizabeth Poole Sims, to the right. After Elizabeth died in 1929, Thomas married Vera
Elizabeth Nance in 1932 and they had three children, of whom two are
still living, and Dan Sims, who is deceased. "Son" and Dan's pictures
on the military cemetery page under the Josey allied names.
So, of course, that makes "Son" and Dan half brothers.
"Son" and Dan
Sims are both on the Fair Park High School memories page, because they
played football for Fair Park High School.
The "Sims" name was usually spelled with only one
"m," but even on my mother's marriage license, her name was spelled Cleo Simms,
where all of the other records have her entire family listed as Sims.