Peggy Hudson Sims

Mrs. Peggy Hudson Sims, 75, was born Jan. 12, 1931, in Coffee County, AL to W.S. (Shell) Hudson and Alvia Allen Hudson.

At the age of seven, her family moved to Walton County, FL, to the Glendale community, where she resided for the rest of her lifetime. She attended Glendale School and graduated from Walton High School in 1950. She was very active in community affairs all of her adult life. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of DeFuniak Springs, where she was a member of the Thorpe-Vest Sunday School class and the WMU Tuesday Morning Circle. She was a former member of the Glendale Presbyterian Church where she was an active member for many years, and she visited there often. She was a member of the Glendale Joy Club.

With her first husband, Howard Griffith, she helped organize the American Cancer Society’s “Road to Recovery”, an organization dedicated to helping cancer patients with transportation and support during their treatment and recovery. She was active in the American Cancer Society for over forty years.

Because of her love of flowers, she enjoyed being a member of the DeFuniak Springs Garden Club. As a former member of the DeFuniak Springs Pilot Club and the DeFuniak Springs Women’s Club, she participated in many civic functions that helped other citizens in and around Walton County.

She worked for Cawthon State Bank and Barnett Bank. She retired from banking in 1988. Shortly thereafter, she married John Sims. They spent the next nine years as travel agents, organizing tours. They traveled extensively, and made it possible for many people in this area and surrounding areas to tour much of the United States and some foreign countries.

With her husband, John Sims, she worked tirelessly to bring “Christmas Reflections” to DeFuniak Springs. This event has brought much enjoyment to area residents and visitors to the area. They worked many hours each year to help make the event a success.

After giving up their travel agency, they spent the next few years, before her failing health prevailed, enjoying family, especially the grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, daughter, mother, and grandmother. Her family was the joy of her life, and getting together with them made her the happiest.

Mrs. Sims is predeceased by her father, W.S. (Shell) Hudson; her first husband, Howard H. Griffith; her brothers, Allen Hudson, Paul Hudson, and Ronnie Hudson.

Mrs. Sims is survived by her mother, Alvia Allen Hudson; her husband, John W. Sims; her sons, Danny H. Griffith and wife, Gerry, and Ranny A. Griffith and wife, Janie, all of DeFuniak Springs; two stepchildren, Kenneth Sims and wife, Lou Ann, of Shreveport, LA and Gale Sims Smith of Garrison, TX; grandchildren, Lori Bethea and husband, Robert, of Tallahassee, Candace Manning and husband, Roger, of DeFuniak Springs, Kristy Griffith of Atlanta, GA; step-grandsons, Jarred, Chase, Slade, and Tyler; great grandchildren, Emerson Bethea, Colby Bethea, and Hunter Bethea. She is
also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Dec. 11, 2006 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home, with Revs. Robert West and Keith Andrews officiating, and eulogy by W.A. Ray.

Pallbearers were Robert Sellers, Sonny Hollingsworth, J. Buie Hillard, W.A. Ray, Fred Lowery, and Douglas W. Bell. Honorary pallbearers were Landrum Cawthon, Luther Ates, Jim Ash, Buford Rachles, members of Thorpe-Vest Sunday School Class, members of WMU Tuesday Morning Circle, members of [WHS] graduating class of 1950, members of the Glendale Joy Club, Truett Thomas and Greg Lathinghouse.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, First United Methodist
Church or Glendale Presbyterian Church.

Burial followed in Glendale Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

[Source: The DeFuniak Springs Herald, December 14, 2006, Page 7B]

[Burial: Glendale Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Glendale]