Charles L. Sims, Sr., age 88, passed away at his home in Alexandria, Virginia on April 25, 2022. Charles was born on January 12, 1934 in Harlan, KY. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force stationed at the Pentagon, where he met the love of his life and devoted wife of 66 years, Mary Louise Cittadino Sims. Following his career in the Air Force, he resided in Arlington, VA and Alexandria, VA and went on to become an entrepreneur participating in several business and real estate ventures until his retirement. Although he loved living in Virginia, he was always a true Kentucky gentleman at heart. Charles was an avid animal lover, community volunteer and good neighbor, always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. His biggest and most rewarding accomplishment was being a devoted husband to Mary and a loving father to his children, Charles L. Sims Jr. (Connie) and Kathleen Sims Robinson and precious grandfather to his four grandchildren, Charles L. Sims III, Kara C. (Sims) Clark (Christopher), Joseph Connor Sims and Jessica Leigh Robinson, all who affectionately called him “Charlsie” and later “Charles”. He is survived by many beloved family members, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ellen and Nick Linsalata and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife and two dear sisters, Eula Jones and Betty Simms of Harlan, KY. Visitation will take place at the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home at 1500 W. Braddock Rd in Alexandria on May 3rd from 4-7 p.m. with a funeral mass at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church at 4409 Sano Street in Alexandria, VA on May 4th at 10:30 am followed by burial at Ft Lincoln Cemetery at 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, MD. Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Animal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at www.aspca.org/give.
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