Lovette “Lovie” Lee Sims, 90, departed this life March 1, 2023, at Tifton Regional Hospital, Tifton, GA.
Though known to many as Lovie Lee, she was “Mudear” to her children, grandchildren, and church family who love her dearly.
Mudear was born May 11, 1932, in Cook County, GA, to Estella (Sermons) and John Ray. She was the youngest of nine children, six girls and three boys. She attended Cook County School System and was active on the basketball team. At an early age, she joined Rose Hill Baptist Church. Years later, she met and married the love of her life, C.B. Sims, and joined Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church where she sang alto in the Senior Adult Choir.
She faithfully and tirelessly supported her family by working at Davis Brothers Cafeteria for 15 years. There, she honed her cooking and baking skills. She had a special knack for fashion, gardening, party planning, event design and hosting. Whenever she had spare time, she would spend it in her flower garden. Mudear was eager to share tips for hosting great dinner parties, weddings, and showers to anyone who was willing to listen. She would later use these God-given talents to serve others in the kingdom of God.
As she grew older and wiser, she sensed something was missing in her life. She desired more than what she had experienced and sought a deeper faith which led her to accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior. Further, she joined Pentecostal House of Prayer Church in Valdosta, GA, under the leadership of Apostle Kathy Kinchen. There, she became the “mother” of the church as well as mother of the international ministry. Moreover, her passion for hospitality never waned. Mudear was the teacher of the Etiquette Class where she trained youth to serve in the spirit of excellence. She was also over the K. K. House during the summer where she served many international guests. She was loved by many.
Although a woman of no nonsense, she was quick-witted with an infectious smile and a gentle heart. Lovette, Lovie, Mother, Granny, or Mudear … what’s in a name? “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
In addition to her parents and seven siblings, she was preceded in death by three sons, Dennis, Butch, and Dean Sims.
Her memory will live on in her six children and two stepsons: Janice Miller Walker, Valdosta, GA; Apostle Kathy Kinchen (Norvell), Valdosta, GA; Nelson Sims (Cassandra), Sparks, GA; Lequitta Sims, Kim Wynn (John) all of Valdosta, GA; Angela Sims, Adel, GA; Charles Sims (the late Wendy), Ft. Lauderdale, FL.; and Louis Sims (Tonya), Winter Haven, FL; 26 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Hattie Bell Ray Smith, Atlanta, GA (formerly of Sparks, GA); and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Pentecostal House of Prayer Church in Valdosta, Georgia with Prophetess Martechia Weldon officiating. Burial followed at the Sparks Cemetery in Sparks, Georgia. Livestream of the service and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting stevensmcgheefuneralhome.com Stevens-McGhee Funeral Home was in charge of the arrange