In Loving Memory

Roger M. Sims

August 12, 1946 - July 18, 2022


Roger Morris Sims, a native of Spanish Fort, AL and a resident of Montrose, AL, passed away at home on Monday, July 18, 2022, at the age of 75.

Roger was a Merchant Mariner dating back to the Vietnam War.  He was a sailmaker as well as a cabinet maker in Fairhope, AL, and assisted in the construction of the “Dolly Parton” Bridge as a boat operator.  For 34 years, Roger was a push-boat captain along the Intracoastal Canal, Mississippi River, Mobile River and other inland waterways, and was instrumental in shaping Ingram culture. He also submitted the winning idea behind the Ingram Values Compass in a 2006 contest and his slogan is still being used today. He spent 16 years at Nelson Marine and the McDuffie Coal Terminal, and another 17 years with Ingram Barge Company.  He retired from Ingram in 2015.

Roger loved spending time in the great outdoors.  Since he was a young boy, if his feet were in the water, he was a happy camper.  He enjoyed the phenomenon of the Jubilees that occur along the Eastern Shore.  One of his favorite activities was hunting deer and turkey with his son and spending time at the camp.

Roger is preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Gilmer Sims Hall, father, Emmet Sims and his brother, Emmet Therrel Sims.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Joan Evelyn Gordon Sims; children, Sol Sims and his wife, Jennifer of Daphne, AL, Dawn Sims and her fiancé, Christopher Burgess, of Spanish Fort, AL; grandchildren, Faith Sims, Isaac Thompson, William Thompson, Audrey Thompson and Gabriel Burgess; two brothers, Ben (Mary) Sims of Merritt Island, FL and Bobby (Jean) Sims of Spanish Fort, AL;  along with his best friends, Jim Ward of Daphne, AL and Captain Tommy Yeager of Fairhope, AL.

There will be a time of visitation beginning at 2:30 PM on Sunday, July 24, 2022, at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road in Daphne.  A graveside service will follow at 4:00 PM at Montrose Cemetery. Flowers are welcome but plants are preferred to keep his memory alive.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Billy Cooper

    Roger and I were buddies growing up in Spanish Fort together, I have been thinking about some of the events of our lives together, I remember he and I both wanted to be Superman when we grew up. We tried while we were kids, but it didn’t materailize as we had hoped. I am sorry to say that I lost contact with him and several other buddies after High School, when i went into the USAF. I had contact with him in the later years through Facebook, but I never got to see him personally (which I regret). Roger is at rest now with his family in heaven and I pray for the ones remaining on Earth. May God Bless You All.

  2. Bennie F Calhoun

    To the Family of Roger Sims
    This is Bennie Calhoun. Roger and I were neighbors on Wayside Drive. We went to Daphne Jr High School and Fairhope High School together. We were boyhood friends with Billy Cooper and Larry Willcut and other boys in our neighborhood. I last spoke to Roger when I went into the military in 1965. I want to tell you that I am broken hearted to hear of Roger’s passing. I want to extend to the whole family my heartfelt condolences. He will be remembered always

  3. Donald Golemon

    I am proud to say that Roger was my friend. More than that, he was a role model. Roger had a strength of character, a zest for life and compassion for other people that is remarkable and hard to find in today’s world. This is the way I will remember him. I am thankful that my brother Jimmy hosted a get together a couple of years ago at which we were able to share dinner and talk about old times. Thanks for the good memories. You will be missed but not forgotten. I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to Roger’s family.

    Donald Golemon

  4. Sue Aplin Mcgill

    So sorry to hear about Roger. We grew up close together on Wayside Drive. He spent a lot of time with my brother, Doyle and me . And Barbara Wilcutt. we were a little older but it was always good to see Roger. He scared us all to death one time when he got trapped under a barn. He made the newspaper. Such a sweet kind person. Prayers for the family.

  5. Lee

    Beautiful words, and my sincere condolences to the family.

    I was blessed enough to have met Roger twice, we met over lunch. Sol invited me to meet his dad. We are at Daruma Japanese Steak House in Daphne. He asked me a lot of questions about my music career. I obliged but I was more interested in hearing him and Sol talk about captaining and talking about all the beautiful things they saw on the waterways. He was a very interesting generous and sweet man he will be missed immensely but not forgotten. Rest In Peace Roger. 🙏💙

  6. Jack Few

    I’m Jack Few
    Roger and I worked together for about two years on the Bay Way bridge. Together we operated work boats to position the crane barges and other work barges. I never met any of his family but he talk of them very often. He did love his family very much.
    Roger was a great friend. Much respect to him.

  7. Todd Swindall

    My name is Todd Swindall my family and I are from Troy Al. We were very fortunate to get to know Mr Roger and Sol Sims over the years. The Good Lord put us together through the hunting spectrum as Roger and Sol were long time members of Pine Ridge Hunting Camp. Throughout the years I learned a lot about Mr Roger and some of his accomplishments.He had a lot in common with my father from the Vietnam era. Mr Roger was a man that I held the upmost respect for. He was a man that I looked up to and really enjoyed being around. Our many trips out to eat was something we enjoyed after our hunting day was done. We had some great times and I’ll say this. Mr Roger left a positive mark on us up here at Pine Ridge. We always looked forward to seeing his smiling face in hopes to catch up on our hunting , our past adventures, or just sharing information. He was always a pleasure to be around and a outstanding woodsman to go along with his other qualities. He was a dedicated outdoorsman and absolutely loved spending time in the outdoors with Sol. You could count on Mr Roger was going to get on that big buck . He was very successful in his abilities to hunt those deer and turkey. He will certainly be missed here in Troy Al at Pine Ridge Hunting Camp. I know he’s going to be watching over us all. “ Til we meet again Captain Roger. “. We will see you again Sir. Your friends in Troy Al ❤️


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