Meridian, Miss. The President and CEO of Meridian's historic Berry & Gardner Funeral Home has died.
Ulpiana Sims passed away yesterday at the age of 86. Berry & Gardner was started in Meridian more than 130 years ago, by Frank Berry, the grandfather of Sims' late husband. Berry helped build Meridian's City Hall, the Lauderdale County Courthouse and many other historic buildings.
Mrs. Sims arrangements are set for next week. Visitation is next Wednesday at Berry & Gardner Funeral Home from 3:00-7:00 p.m., and the funeral will be next Thursday at Saint Patrick Catholic Church at 3:00.
The family asks in lieu of flowers, for donations to Multi-County Community Services Agency, the Boys and Girls Club of East Mississippi, or the Ulpiana Sims Scholarship for the Meridian-Lauderdale County Alumni Association Chapter of Jackson State University.