Curtis Whitener Sims went home to be with the Lord on March 3, 2022. He died peacefully at home in Berkeley California. He is the eldest son of the late Myrtle Whitener Sims.
Curtis is a 1961 graduate of Gallman High School. After high school Curtis enlisted in the U.S Air Force and served from 1961-1964. During his time in the armed services he received an air medal for his participation in aerial flight. He was also a member of the air force football team. He was a part of the 1962 U.S. Air Force Europe champs.
He returned to the states to become an officer for the Chicago police department in 1966.
But it was a trip to California in 1970 that he knew the west coast was where he would plant roots. Over the next 20 years, Curtis would find his love for the theater. He starred in and directed a number of plays with the Black repertory theater . Curtis' artistic talents did not stop there, he was known for building his own sets and design his own play bills. During his tenure he became the assistant director of the all black acting troupe. He made a motion picture appearing in the film Presidio along Sean Connor. In the 90's he retired from AC transit with 30 years on the job as a city bus driver.
Curtis leaves behind his life partner, Dorothy Lawson of 50 years, daughter, Shannon W. Sims, siblings, Neddra Cannon (Frank) and Earl Fisher; aunt, Angie Davis and a host of nieces, cousins and extended family.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Fred B. Pratt Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Newberry Memorial Gardens. A mask is required to enter the funeral home.
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