Sims funeral services announced; Chief Deputy passed away Saturday

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A long-time public servant and the Chief Deputy Sheriff of Independence County passed away Saturday in Batesville.

Chief Jeff Sims was 44 years old and lived at Sulphur Rock.  He was found deceased by a relative at his brother’s residence on Bryant Street in Batesville. (To read the initial story, click here.)

He graduated from police academy in 1998 and had over 20 years service with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department. He was currently serving as Chief Deputy. He attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in Southside.

Survivors include his wife, Bri Sims of the home; a son, Peyton Sims of Fayetteville; three daughters, Talyon Sims of Fayetteville, and Ryleigh Crabtree and Lillian Sims, both of Sulphur Rock; his parents, Paula and Fred Huckabee of Southside; a brother, Greg Sims of Batesville; a sister, Sandra Wulf and husband Ken of Quitman; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Batesville. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 21 at 2 p.m. at Independence Hall.  Burial will follow in the Egner Cemetery at Salado with arrangements by Qualls Batesville Funeral Service.

To view Chief Deputy Sims’ full obituary, click here.

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