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Samuel T. “Sam” Sirmons

Samuel T. “Sam” Sirmons, 74, of Climax, Ga., passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

The graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021 at Cedar Grove Cemetery with Rev. Wayne McDonald and Rev. Lynn Hurley officiating. Stacey Smith, Joe Salter, Gene Mills, Steve Stewart, Jeff Heard and Jacob Hiers will serve as active pallbearers. Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, those attending are asked to maintain the recommended safe social distancing of six feet and/or wear protective masks in accordance with the State of Georgia guidelines.

Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, Processing Center, PO Box 863765, Orlando, Fla. 32886 or Lighthouse Children’s Home, 7771 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, Fla. 32309.

Samuel Thomas Sirmons was born November 3, 1946 in Donalsonville, Ga., the son of William T. and Emmie McDonald Sirmons. He was a graduate of West Bainbridge High School, Class of 1964. He married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Cleveland, just a few months after graduation and they made their home in Southwest Georgia. Sam proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and later served a member of Seminole Lodge No. 83 F&AM where he was past Worshipful Master, the Donalsonville American Legion, and VFW Post 8433 in Cairo. He was a founding member of Hymasters Quartet in 1972. Sam was a faithful member of Climax United Methodist Church where he served as lay leader, worship leader, and adult Sunday school teacher.

Sam was a man of integrity, high morals and standards, and strong faith. He did not compromise on issues he felt strongly about even in his business dealings over five decades at Sirmons Alignment. Sam was generous and compassionate, doing things for others expecting nothing in return. (He was known to attend a dance recital even when he didn’t feel well.) Sam was up front, honest, and gave you his best effort. He ministered to others in many ways, but the best example was how he lived his life every day as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, Christian and patriotic American.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Sandra Sirmons; his children, Lynn Sirmons Branch and her husband, Doug, of Cairo, Ga. and Rick Sirmons and his wife, Kellie, of Tallahassee, Fla.; his grandchildren, Mary Catherine & Jacob and Ryleigh Sirmons; and his siblings, Don (Sheila) Sirmons of Bristol, Fla. and Jeannie (Jerry) Heard of Climax, Ga. In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by his infant son, John William Sirmons; his brothers, Bill, Johnny and Larry; and his sister, Elinor Stewart.