October 16, 1942 - August 28, 2019
Al was born on October 16, 1942 to Ethel and Willie James Sims in Bryan, Texas. At an early age he joined Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church and was active in Sunday school, and the A.C.E. League Bible study.
He attended Booker T. Washington Elementary School and graduated from E. A. Kemp High. While attending high school, he was the point guard on the basketball team and the quarterback on the football team. After graduation from high school, Al joined the Air Force and was deployed to Vietnam. Upon completion of his tour in the Air Force, he attended college, received his degree and continued to receive his law degree.
After graduating from college he worked for the Internal Revenue Service in Seattle for two years until he became ill and returned to Bryan to be near family.
Al was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Ethel and James Willie Ford, Sr.; two brothers, Joseph Ford and James Willie Ford, Jr.; two sisters, Billie Jean Mondine and Evelyn Faye Ford; and grandparents, Katie and George Eddington.
He leaves to celebrate his life his twin brother, Archie L. Sims, Bryan; three sisters, Deborah L. Ford, San Marcos, Katie Charles (Paul), Houston and Wilma Lawler Duncanville, Texas; sister-in-law, Virginia A. Ford; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Family and community members will celebrate this humble soul's life beginning with an 11 a.m. visitation Saturday, September 7, at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan and a 1 p.m. Life Celebration Services. Graveside service with Military Honors will take place at 3 PM at Bryan City Cemetery with a celebration reception following at The Downtown Elixir and Spirits Company.