She was born eastern shore of Guilford, Va. She was a team player on her high school basketball team. After graduation, she attended business college and earned a degree. In 1945, she married Chester Sims after World War ll and later moved to West Palm Beach, Fla., where she lived for many years. She was a member of the local garden club and proudly won several blue ribbons for her beautiful pansies. She taught Sunday school to 8-year-old children for 23 years at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, where she was a faithful member. In 1977, she moved to Rabun County, where she lived for 35 years in a mountaintop home. She was a devoted member of Head of Tennessee Baptist Church in Dillard. Those who knew her always enjoyed her many hugs and sweet smile. In her final days, she repeatedly said, “I am so blessed,” and with every smile, “I will again be with you.”
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Chester Sims and Oliver Clamp; and four siblings, Preston, Walter, Hubert and Mitchell.
Madeline is survived by: a daughter, Linda and husband Tommy; a son, Dennis and wife Susan; three grandchildren, Jason, Justin and Evan; three great-grandchildren; and a large extended family of in-laws, nephews, nieces and cousins, all of whom felt special around her.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hunter Funeral Home in Clayton. A celebration memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Head of Tennessee Baptist Church.
Family members express their deepest gratitude and appreciation to Hospice of Palm Beach County for its angelic care and love.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be in Madeline’s honor to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407; or Head of Tennessee Baptist Church Youth, 895 Franklin St., Dillard, GA 30537. May you be dancing in Heaven!
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.
The Clayton Tribune, April 12, 2012