We honor here members, friends and supporters of the American Council of the Blind who have impacted our lives in many wonderful ways. If you would like to submit a notice for this column, please include as much of the following information as possible.
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Deaths that occurred more than six months ago cannot be reported in this column.
Annie Inez Reid Dilley
April 18, 1959-Feb. 8, 2018
Annie Inez Reid Dilley, 58, one of the three original founding members of the East Georgia chapter of the Georgia Council of the Blind, died Feb. 8, 2018 of complications of cancer.
She married Don Dilley in November 2002. Together they wrote two books of poetry, “Wordweavers” and “Reflections in the Life of a Poet,” available on lulu.com.
A perpetual caregiver, she cared for her grandparents and her parents until they passed through the golden gates. She cared for cousins, siblings, nieces and nephews over the years. She picked up the nickname “Ayah” — meaning “caregiver” — over the years.
In accordance with her wishes, Annie’s body will be cremated. A service will be held at Decatur City Cemetery at a later date.
Aug. 31, 1938-April 16, 2018
Ann Stephens Sims, 79, of Hapeville, Ga., died April 16, 2018. Ann was a retired library clerk with the Georgia Department of Education, and a member of Jonesboro First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Sims Roper, and her brother, Otis Stephens. Surviving are her husband, John M. Sims; children, A.J. Sims, J.D. & Terrie Sims, Anthony & Faith Sims, Johnathon Sims, Stephen Whitfield, Rebecca Sims, and Susan Randall; 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held April 19th in the Chapel of Jonesboro First Baptist Church. Interment at College Park Cemetery followed.