Mr. Robert Wilson Simms, age 85, was born in 1924 in Maury County. He was a son of Judge A.E. Simms, Sr. and Mary Maude McCown. He graduated from Central High School where he was captain of the football team and student body president. He entered the University of Tennessee in 1941 and then left to enter World War II where he was a medic in the European Theater. He then completed his law degree in 1948. He married the former Lillian Martin of Warren County and practiced law in Fayetteville, TN for 56 years. He held the position of Lincoln County Attorney for 33 years.
He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir for many years. He was also on the administrative board and taught the adult fellowship class.
Mr. Simms was active in many community activities and served on the Fayetteville Recreation Board, Civitan Club, and Lincoln Board of Public Utilities.
He was preceded in death by Arthur E. Simms, Jr., Mary Alice Hyde, and Robert Morgan Simms.
In addition to his wife, he leaves behind 4 children Ann W. Simms, William Edward, Ellen S. Cooter, and Mary M. Harris. He had 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 PM at First United Methodist Church. Visitation with the family will be from 1 PM until the time of service Wednesday at the church.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the building fund at First United Methodist Church, Fayetteville, TN.
Higgins Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Robert Wilson Simms.