Calvert Sims Jr.

Calvert  Sims,  Jr.  was born  on September  27, 1978,  to  the  union  of  Calvert  and  Petreana  Sims and received his Angel wings on May 27, 2018.

At an early age, Calvert Jr. accepted Christ and became a member of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He was a faithful Christian and dedicated prayer warrior. He demonstrated servant leadership, genuine kindness, and mentorship skills. He was very active with the youth at his home church (Zion Hill M.B.).

Calvert Jr. began his education at Magee Elementary and Magee Junior High School. He later attended Magee High School, where he was an exemplary student and marvel basketball player. He received an associate's degree in arts of science from Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Calvert also received a bachelor's degree cum laude from Tougaloo College in health and recreation and a master's degree from Jackson State University in rehabilitative counseling. While attending Tougaloo College,  he  became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in the fall of  2001.

In addition to participating in the sport of basketball during his entire college tenure, Calvert also received high honors while attending each of the aforementioned institutions.

While at Tougaloo College, Calvert met and fell in love with his college sweetheart, Rashida Sturgis Sims, and they were united in holy matrimony on December 14, 2013. Their ·eyes locked and hearts linked; their souls will forever be intertwined.

Calvert Jr. was employed at Boswell Regional Center for 16 years, where he was the Division II Director of Magee Autism Services. He also served as the Director of Special Olympics (Area 2) and was enthusiastic in his approach with the participants. Calvert has won many leadership awards, served on many advisory boards, and received many  specialty  certifications in leadership.  Additionally,  working with Catholic Charities afforded him the ability to demonstrate his dedication to individuals through his steadfast encouragement and assistance of youth in the community. He was a catalyst for change and to know him was to ADORE him.

Calvert Jr. was extremely diverse in his professional talents and skills as well as in his community  service efforts. He could solve any problem and complete any task set before him. He was a truly gifted intellectual who was always approachable, gentle, and humble.  Calvert's hobbies consisted of basketball, coaching, and church ministries. Calvert Jr. worked effortlessly in the community with organizations such as Relay for Life, Special Olympics, American Heart Association, Kamp Kaleidoscope, Mississippi Reading Association, and South Central Community Action Agency, Inc., where he was a board member.

Calvert Jr. leaves memories for his lovely wife, Rashida Sturgis Sims; parents, Calvert and Petreana Sims; brother, Desmond Sims; niece and nephew, Desmeonia Sims and Desmond Sims, Jr.; and grandmother, Patsy Sims. He also leaves four aunts: Jean (Willie Blackwell), Helen (Ronald Smith), Gwendolyn Mack, and Deborah Benson; two great-aunts, Johnie  Celeste  McCollum  and  Drucilla  Lofton; and eight uncles, Larry (Debbie) Sims, Jerry (Blackie) Sims, Grover (Sheila) Sims Jr., Sinatra Sims, Aundra (Ursula) Sims, Michael Smith, Johnny Moore and Anthony (Paula) Watts. He was preced­ed in death by maternal grandparents John Earl (Tommie  Zean) Lockhart; paternal  grandparents, Aquilla Moore and Grover Sims Sr.; aunt, Rosetta Hayes, and uncle, Wilbert Lee Jr.