Willie Eugene (Gene) Sims

Dec. 16, 2020 — Willie Eugene (Gene) Sims passed away on Nov. 15, 2020, at the age of 89 years old.  

He was born Dec. 18, 1930, in Laurel, Miss., to Walter Sherman and Irene Sims. 

He was the fourth of seven children.  

He served four years in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean War.

Gene married Virginia Yvonne Busby Nov. 8, 1954.  

He moved his family to Florence, Ore., in 1962.  He was a machinist and retired from Champion.  Gene loved woodworking, fishing, camping with the family, and could fix anything that needed it. 

Gene was a member of the First Baptist Church in Florence. 

He was always quick to help his family and friends with a helping hand. He was a kind and generous man and will be warmly remembered by any and all that knew him. 

Gene is survived by his three children: Teresa, Sandra and Kenneth; as well as eight grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne, and son, Buddy.

No services planned due to COVID-19 restrictions.  

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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