Pioneers of Ellis County
Dr. William Pickney Sims
During the long years of his professional career, Dr. Sims maintained an active interest in organized medicine and strove continuously to better himself in every possible way as a practicing physician. He was born in the Bethel community March 25, 1864, son of Pinckey Coleman Sims and Mary Sims. He attended school in Italy and Waxahachie graduating with honors from the University School of Medicine in Nashville in 1888.
He practiced for three years in Vernon, Texas, before returning to Ellis County where he lived the remainder of his life. His practice covered considerable territory and his medical skills were in great demand. He was extremely popular not only as a physician but as a friend. For twenty years, Dr. Sims held membership in the Ellis County Medical Society, the Texas State Medical Association and the American Medical Association, attending their meetings regularly in order to keep informed of the latest developments in the field of medicine.
He first married Miss Fannie High and had one son, W. B. Sims. His second wife was Miss Emmy Rumsey by whom he had two children, Floriene and Charles. His third marriage was to Miss Allie Wolcott and to that union were born two sons, W. P. Jr. and Coleman Wolcott Sims.
Dr. Sims was a member of the Masonic Order and the IOOF. in Waxahachie and an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees and as Steward. Dr. Sims died Sept. 12, 1928. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Methodist Church with burial in Bethel Cemetery. Some 2000 persons paid their respects, including nearly all the physicians of Ellis County, nurses of the Waxahachie Sanitarium and friends from all parts of the state. He leaves his widow, five children: Will B., Charles P. and W. P. Sims, Jr. and a dau. Mrs. Ross Garrett; brother O. B. Sims and sister, Mrs. Bettie Johnston. [Contributed by Jean Caddel]
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