Charlotte Sims

Charlotte Dianne (Cranford) Sims, 72, of Richards, Texas and formerly of Bryan and Conroe Texas, passed away, Tuesday, September 01, 2015. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Friday, September 4, 2015 at Union Grove Baptist Church in Richards, Texas. Pastor Bob Lynch will officiate. Interment will follow at Wheat Cemetery in Millican, Texas. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 3, 2015 at St. Michaels Chapel, 2402 S. College Ave. in Bryan, TX. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory in Bryan, Texas.

Charlotte was born on February 10, 1943 in Conroe, Texas to Media Mae (Whatley) and James “Happy” Preston Cranford. She graduated from Conroe High School, class of ’61 and attended Sam Houston State University where she studied Geography. Charlotte retired from the Texas A&M University Engineering Dept. after 18 years of service.

Charlotte is preceded in death by her parents, Happy and Media Mae Cranford, her husband, David James Sims, son, David Raymond Sims and daughter, Cynthia Arlene Sims, In-laws, James and Myrtis Sims, sister-n-law, Cynthia Ann Greer, sister, Joyce Walker Simpson and brothers James “Jim” H. and Roger Cranford

Anyone who knew Mom/Mimi knew how important her faith was to her. As her family we grieve the loss of our Mother but as Christians, we know we will get to see her again. Today, September 1, 2015 was not the last day of her life, rather a new beginning. Mom is up in Heaven right now, seeing her baby daughter, son, husband and many others who passed away before her.

Mom was proud of her children but even more proud of her grandchildren; she beamed every time she spoke of them. Even posting notices on her office door when each grandchild was born. You didn’t have to be a blood relative for mom to consider you one of her “kids”. The years she spent at Texas A&M University Engineering Dept. provided many surrogate kids who looked up to her as a mother.

Survivors include: sons and daughter in laws, Paul and Jeannie Sims of Willis, Texas, Jared and Joanne Sims of Richards, Texas, daughter and son in law, Mary and Joe Garcia of Richards, Texas, daughter in law, Shelia Sims of Lone Grove, OK, grandchildren, Brian and Virginia Sims of League City, Texas, Joshua Sims of Conroe, Texas, Garrett and Allison Sims of Huntsville, Texas, Allison “Alli” Garcia, of Montgomery, Texas, Bryce Benjamin and Skylar Arnold of Richards, Texas, Scott and Steven Sims of Colfax, LA; and T.J. Soos and Christine Soos both of College Station, Texas; great grandson, Gavin Garza of League City, Texas; sister and brother in law, Reta and Larry Nelson and brother, Warren “Rink” Cranford, all of Richards, Texas, Nieces, Kim Cranford and Jessie Daricek of Mullin, Texas, Jennifer and husband Scott Pelczar of Conroe, Texas and surrogate daughters, Laura Warren of Montgomery, Texas and Crystal Conner of Richards, Texas. The family would like to thank Scott and White Hospital for the quality of care mom received throughout her illnesses, to Dr. Mark English for always being a breath of fresh air and truly caring about his patients, and to Guardian Health Care for always having Mom’s best interest at heart.

In honor of our Mother, we request you not wear black to the visitation or funeral, instead wear something with bright color (s). As many of you knew, Mom loved color….the brighter the better and sometimes with big flowers!


  1. I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Charlotte’s children, grand-children and the rest of her family. Charlotte and I worked together at TAMU. She was a sweet and loving woman of God. May God be with each and everyone of you.

  2. I worked with Charlotte for many years in Mechanical Engineering and she was a joy to work with. She always had a smile and loved to talk about her children & grandchildren. Blessings to her family during this difficult time.

  3. I worked with Charlotte at TAMU for several years. What a sweet woman! I loved hearing about all her grand children and seeing all their pictures in her office. She was always willing to help others and offer words of encouragement when needed. My thoughts and prayers will be with her family as they mourn the loss of a special lady.

  4. We have been blessed to know your Mom and the family since 1967. She was a wonderful person and a dear friend to all. That infectious smile and lovely laugh will always be remembered. May God hold you close and we know you will all be together again.

  5. We are good friends of Scott & Steven Sims, Charlotte’s grandchildren. We were sorry to hear of their grandmother’s passing. I know she is smiling down on them and is very proud of these young men and the adults they are becoming. We wish her family our deepest condolences.
    Marian & Sonny Nevill, Dry Prong, LA.

  6. Charlotte was a joy to be around. I worked with her for many years in mechanical engineering. She was an unofficial member of our Materials Group. She really enjoyed food and cooking. I remember her joy in sharing her coca cola cake. I am very sorry about your loss. May God’s blessing be with you.


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