George Edgar SimsNovember 7, 1928 ~ January 28, 2018 (age 89)
George Sims, 89, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 28, 2018, after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was born November 7, 1928, the sole child of Edgar (Ted) Sims and Francis Lacey Sims. He was born in Houston and spent his early years here, but the family moved to Denver, Colorado in 1934 as his father worked for Southern Pacific Railroad, and was based out of Denver. George spent his high school years in Austin, Texas where he attended St. Edward's High School. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming and later Ellington Air Force Base.
While in the Air Force, he met the love of his life, Marjorie Joyce Tilton, whom he married after a whirlwind courtship. They were married for 56 years and had four children, Barbara, Chris, Gail and Robin. During the early years of their marriage, George worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and Texaco while attending The University of Houston at night. In 1961, he received his degree in Economics and began his career as a real estate appraiser with the Federal Housing Administration. In 1970 he founded George E. Sims and Associates, where he led a talented group of young appraisers for many years. He was a mentor to many who established their careers in real estate with his guidance. He was an authority in his field, teaching appraisal theory at The University of Houston and Rice University. He received his MAI (Master of the Appraisal Institute) designation in 1975 and was inducted as President of the Houston Branch of the Appraisal Institute in 1978. His practice flourished for decades and he remained active in the industry well into his 80’s.
But his family remained the center of his life. He and Margie raised their family in Meadow Creek Village where they were active members of St. Augustine Parish for many years. They later moved to West Houston and lived in Lakeside Forest for 34 years. They cherished the hundreds of weekends spent together with their kids and grandkids at their bay house at Sea Isle in Galveston.
Although George lost his beloved Margie in 2007, he maintained an unwavering faith. He was a daily attendee and regular lector for many years at The Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral downtown. He was also an Eucharistic Minister and will be missed by many.
He is survived by his four children, Barbara and husband Philip Mushinski, Chris Sims and wife Mary Margaret, Gail and husband Steve Auffarber, and Robin and husband Alex Brennan Martin.
The joys of his life were his grandchildren, Ryan Mushinski and wife Heather, Rebecca Mushinski, Chris Barletta and wife Natalie, Cassie and husband Cody Fikes, Brandon Sims and wife Elaine, Michael Sims and wife Marie. He was also blessed with 12 great grandchildren.
The family will host a visitation and Rosary Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from half past five until nine o’clock in the evening at Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home at 1734 W. Alabama St., Houston, TX.
The funeral mass will be held at The Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Thursday, February 1st at half past nine o’clock in the morning, 1111 St. Joseph Pkwy, Houston, TX. The burial will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Mushinski, Brandon Sims, Michael Sims, Chris Barletta, Chase Bramlett and Cody Fikes.