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08/31/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Barry Sims

Barry Alan Sims
(d. 24 Aug 2015)

Newport News High School Class of 1970

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have another sad if somewhat belated edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.    Barry Sims, Class of 1970, passed away on Friday, August 24, 2015 at the age of 64.  

From Linda Vreeland - 08/30/15:

Barry Alan Sims, class of 1970 - obituary was in today's Daily Press.

   Thank you so much for relaying this sad news, Linda. As there was no reference to NNHS in the obituary, I did not make the connection.

From the Daily Press - 08/30/15:

                 Barry Alan Sims
        NEWPORT NEWS - Barry Alan Sims, 64, of Louisville, KY, entered into eternal peace with our Lord and Savior on August 24, 2015.

Barry was a master plumber and a well-loved employee and supervisor at Alcoa Howmet for more than 20 years. He enjoyed his daily walk in the park, grilling out for family dinners, keeping the yard beautiful, and fixing anything and everything.

Memories of his unrelenting sense of humor, patient spirit, deeply kind heart, and ability to make special days even more special will always be kept by those who knew him.

A wonderful husband and father, Barry will be greatly missed and is remembered with love by his devoted wife, Helen Sims; step-sons Russell "Kev" Belmore, Bradley Belmore, Christopher Carpenter and wife Crystal; step-daughter Whitney Queen and husband Larry; and two step-grandchildren.

Barry Sims
  A wonderful husband and father, Barry will be greatly missed and is remembered with love by his devoted wife, Helen Sims; step-sons Russell "Kev" Belmore, Bradley Belmore, Christopher Carpenter and wife Crystal; step-daughter Whitney Queen and husband Larry; and two step-grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held at the residence for family and friends to celebrate Barry's life on Sunday, September 6, 2015 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.  View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on August 30, 2015. 


August 30, 2015
Please accept my deepest sympathies, I worked with Berry at Howmet; I work in plant engineering, Jim Gouin. Barry and I talked all the time at Riverview Park. He would walk the two mile loops and I would walk the one mile. He will be missed.

- Jim Gouin
August 30, 2015
My deepest sympathy to the family. We graduated from Newport News High School in 1970 together and were wonderful friends.

- Linda Bell, Hampton, Virginia
August 30, 2015
Barry was not only my boss at Howmet but a friend. My sympathies to the family especially my friend, Helen.

- Paula Brantley, Newport News, Virginia
August 30, 2015
To the Sims Family,

I knew Barry from Parkview Baptist Church in Newport News, VA.

Please know that you are in my prayers.

- Unsigned
August 30, 2015

- Mary Thompson, Oceanside, California
August 30, 2015
Barry grew up with me on Briarfield Road in Newport News, Virginia. We played baseball together and he was a wonderful friend. I am very saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences go out to his family.

- Greg Sutton, Henrico, North Carolina
August 31, 2015
Deepest sympathy to the Sims family. He will always be in our hearts and part of the grand class of 1970.

- Jennie Alexander, Newport News, Virginia
August 31, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. Barry will always be in our HEARTS and our memories. He was a Dear Friend for many years.

- Bill and Connie Clement, Yorktown, Virginia
August 31, 2015
  Barry was a wonderful neighbor. Our hearts ache for your loss.

- Erin and Brenden
August 31, 2015
A special cousin of mine, Barry will always be remembered with love and great affection. My deepest sympathy to those who are left behind, with hopes of joining him in Heaven in God's timing. Hugs to each of you today. Love, Mary Nygaard

- Mary Payne Nygaard

September 01, 2015
   Barry was a loving and caring man, especially to my mother. He would do anything for anyone. He will truly be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of having him in their life! Our family will not be the same with him not here to share it. We love you, Papa Barry!!

- Chris Carpenter, Newport News, Virginia

September 01, 2015
So sorry to hear of Barry's passing, I went to school with him at Brairfield Elementary, before we moved to upper Newport News. I have often thought about him and wondered how he was.

- Kathy Vance, Iowa

September 02, 2015
I am saddened to hear of the loss of my old friend, Barry. We were classmates at NNHS graduating in 1970 .I also remember Barry from Briarfield Elementary. To the family, you will be in my prayers. Barry always had a great sense of humor and everyone who knew him liked Barry. Kindest Regards,
Warren Crisp

- Warren Crisp

September 04, 2015

Barry was a kind-hearted gentleman and I am very sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to Russ and Helen and all his loved ones.

~ Vicki (Stanbrook) Moore, Yorktown, Virginia

September 04, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. Barry was one of the must loving and kind gentlemen I know. He was my neighbor on Briarfield Road. He passed away much too young. I know he will truly be missed. All of his family will be in my prayers. R.I.P. Barry.

~ Debby (Braswell) and Larry Miller, Hampton, Virginia

September 07, 2015



September 07, 2015


  Our sincerest condolences are extended to Barry's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Words by Cecil F. Alexander (April 1818 - 12 Oct 1895), 1848

17th-century English melody "Royal Oak", adapted by Martin Shaw (09 Mar 1875 - 24 Oct 1958), 1915


All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.


[Most hymnals omit the following verse]

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
He made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.


The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.


The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.


The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.


He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.



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Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Brown Carved Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/10/05

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