Lonie L. Sims, a retired special-education teacher and church elder, died Wednesday (Oct. 17, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, after a short illness. He was 77.
Sims was employed by the Buffalo Board of Education for nearly 20 years as a special-education teacher in School 68. He retired in 1991.
Earlier, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service for eight years as a mechanic. Following his retirement, he sold Avon products until the time of his death.
He also was active in Sanctuary of God Church of God in Christ, where he was an ordained elder and an assistant to the pastor.
A World War II veteran, Sims served in the Army in Germany for 3 1/2 years. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
Born in Blytheville, Ark., he moved to Buffalo as a youth and was a graduate of Fosdick Masten High School. After serving in the military and working for several years, he enrolled in Buffalo State College, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education.
He was a member of the National Education Association, a former driver for Meals on Wheels and a recipient of the Buffalo Teacher's Federation Faithful Service Award.
His hobbies included crocheting, tinkering with antique cars and developing computer skills.
He is survived by his wife, the former Lula Alford; and two sisters, Barbara R. Reed and Doris M. Benton, both of Buffalo.
Services will be held at noon Monday in Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, 572 Clinton St. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.