U.S. Army Retired Command Sergeant Major Marcus Franklin Sims, 88, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, (July 1, 2021). Marcus was born September 5, 1932 and was raised in Fayetteville, until joining the US Army. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts with the Infantry and Military Police Battalion. Marcus’s military career took him on various missions and tours in foreign lands where he experienced and appreciated the cultures of each country. Marcus was awarded The Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross among many other decorations during his 30 years of service to his country. After his military retirement, Marcus worked security jobs in Las Vegas, worked for TVA, owned a restaurant and was a real estate agent before retiring to his beloved Blue Bird Acres back home in Fayetteville. Marcus was a lover of all things nature and especially animals. Blue Bird Acres is home to countless species of wildlife, including an injured buzzard he fed and tended to for months. Marcus loved to host poker games and was always current on world affairs. Marcus was preceded in death by his parents, Collie and Janie Sims, Siblings Kelly, Bunyan, Clifton, Ailene, Viola, Marie and Ruth.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years Lana Camp Sims, daughters Eve, Kim and Christie. Marcus will be laid to rest at Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors. Memorial Donations may be made to the Lincoln County Humane Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of your choice.