Funeral service for Mr. Alton Franklin Sims, age 76 of Fayetteville, TN, will be conducted at 2 PM on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Shields and Larry Meeks officiating. Burial will follow in Sandlin Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 5 PM until 8 PM, Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Higgins Funeral Home.
Alton was born on March 16, 1944 in Lincoln County, TN to the late, Ben and Lena Shields Sims. He was the owner and operator of Sims and Sons produce who sold produce on many southern Middle Tennessee locations. Alton lived like he worked, the only way he knew how, hard! He could always seem to make a dollar, however, he could never hang on to one. Alton was always looking and planning ahead on how to make his next dollar. He wasn’t afraid of a challenge or taking a risk. He was his own man and expected everyone around him to have the same work ethic that he had; to work hard, do your best, keep your word, and a handshake was just as binding as any contract, these attributes are also ones he instilled in all of his kids. Alton was of the Church of Christ faith. He passed away on February 13, 2021 at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro, TN.
Alton is survived by his children, Frankie (Angie) Sims of Lebanon, Teresa (Shawn) Whitten of Smyrna, Susan Stillman of Smyrna, and Kyle (Taylor) Sims of Taft; grandchildren, Seth (Lyndsey) Stillman, Brett Stewart, Reed Stillman, Amanda Sims, and Corbin Sims; and niece Debbie (Marty) Arnold. In addition to his parents, Alton was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Beddingfield Sims and the mother of his children, Lynda McAlister Sims Billingsley; and sister, Evelyn (Alford) Decker.
Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Alton Franklin Sims.