Sims Honored with Street Naming

A long-time late leader in Meridian's African American community was honored Tuesday for his accomplishments.

A new street sign was unveiled renaming 34th Avenue in George Frank Sims Avenue.

Sims was an entrepreneur and businessman in Meridian, the owner of Berry and Gardner Funeral Home, as well as several restaurants and other businesses.

Family members say it's an honor worthy of Sims.

"Today is special, because my uncle was special," said George H. Clay. "And to have the city honor him in this way will keep his name alive forever, and he deserved that. "

Earlier in his life, Sims was a trumpeter for the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus. He passed away in 1986.

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  • by Allison Location: Meridian on May 25, 2010 at 03:52 PM
    I agree with you, Ruth. George Frank Sims was a very honorable man and a wonderful grandfather to my fiance Jonathan!
  • by Ruth E. Sims Location: California on Oct 22, 2009 at 10:08 PM
    In order, to have a street named after you need to do something productive in life; instead of posting negative blogs and comments.
  • by Loretta Bennett Location: Meridian on Oct 21, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    I see fake CHERI BARRY got her face all over the camera,but dont worry Cherri.. that want get you another SNAKE!
  • by 4 Real 2 Location: Meridian on Oct 21, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    The family members of the AAs you speak of push the issue of having streets named in honor of their loved ones and those who devoted their lives to the Civil Rights Movement. I am sure if the family members of Mr. Dulaney/Davidson wanted streets named after them instead of rooms at MCC, they could do the same thing. I don't care what AAs do, it's always wrong. What's your point?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    What do I have to do to get the city to name a street after me? I sure hope the E911 people will be able to route the appropriate emergency personnel to the right street. I'd hate to be new to town and trying to learn where to go. Just because you owned a business doesn't mean you were great. Now where can I find Tommy Dulaney Drive or Marty Davidson Street?
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