Joseph Sims

Joseph Barry Sims

September 21, 1956 - May 18, 2020
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Joseph “Joe, PopPop” Barry Sims, 63, a 12-year resident of Annapolis and previously of Bowie and Hyattsville, died on Monday, May 18, 2020, in Bowie, MD of pancreatic cancer following a 5-month battle.

Born September 21, 1956, in Washington DC, he was the owner of Joseph Sims Painting & Drywall. Joe served his country, as a PFC, in the U.S. Army. He was a member of a 12-step recovery program and was dedicated to helping newcomers through service work and sharing his experience, strength, and hope. Joe enjoyed riding and customizing his motorcycles, collecting body art, sharing his passion for the blues with his friends. He also enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. Joe loved his rescue dogs, Popeye, Maizy, Molly, and the many who came before them.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary John.

Joe is survived by his wife of 22-years, Joyce Catherine; two children, Sara Jo of Annapolis, MD and Chanse Michael of Hampden, MD; three sisters, Linda Jean of Gaithersburg, MD, Pamela Joan of Murrells Inlet, SC, and Susan Patricia of Bowie, MD; and two grandchildren, Morgan “Momo” Goforth and Codi Marie.

A Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held when the pandemic restrictions are lifted. Memorial contributions, in Joe’s name, may be made to: Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) at or Maryland Animal Sanctuary & Rescue (MAS) at

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Joyce Sims

Posted at 11:13am
You were loved more than can be expressed

Irene Souada

Posted at 03:17pm
Thinking of you Joe. Thanks for making my friend happy and feeling loved for 22 years. Thanks for leaving a legacy through your children and sharing your kindness with everyone. From Deale to Annapolis, it was great knowing you. See you again sometime.

Lisa Kimble

Posted at 12:43pm
On behalf of everyone at Service Coordination, Inc, our sincere condolences on your loss. May the memories help comfort you in this time of sorrow.

Dermot OSullivan

Posted at 08:38am
My fondest memories of Joe were our shared time at Hope House followed by another handful of months at the Samaritan House. Joe taught me how to pace construction work out to keep everyone happy but nothing rushed. Godspeed to you and the kids Joyce.

Laura McDonnell

Posted at 05:04pm
Joe was a wonderful friend and his sense of humor was a gift. I will miss him.

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