Joseph A. Sims, a retired probation officer, died of complications from a stroke Saturday at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 79 and a resident of Baltimore's Hunting Ridge neighborhood.
Born in Wilmington, Del., he served in the Coast Guard during World War II. He moved to Baltimore in 1947, and earned his bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology from what is now Morgan State University.
He retired in 1983 as a probation officer in District of Columbia Superior Court, where he had worked for many years.
Mr. Sims enjoyed playing pinochle with family and friends. He also played golf at the Forest Park course.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave., where he was a member and served on the finance committee. He also sang in the Brotherhood Choir.
Survivors include his wife of many years, the former Betty M. Stone, a sales associate at area department stores; four sons, Joseph A. Sims Jr., Craig Sims and Bernard Sims, all of Baltimore, and Steven Lewis of Columbia; two brothers, Reginald and Maurice Sims, both of Wilmington, Del.; and 10 grandchildren.