Marion Travis Sims, 47, of Carlisle, departed this life on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Travis was born on December 2, 1973 to Marion & Phyllis Hardwick Sims at the old Nicholas County Hospital. He graduated from Nicholas County High School with the class of 1992, where he excelled in both academics and sports. Travis graduated from Georgetown College in 1997 with a degree in Physical Education. During his time at Georgetown, he continued his baseball career by playing on the baseball team during the 1993-1996 seasons. Travis developed many lifelong friendships and impacted many lives through his love of baseball. In the fall of 1997, Travis took a job as a P.E. teacher and baseball coach with the Nicholas County School District. It was here that he would build a lifelong career and meet the love of his life, Jenny. Travis spent his career touching the lives of countless young Nicholas Countians. Any student that ever had “Mr. Sims” as a teacher or coach absolutely loved him.
Travis was married to his loving wife, Jennifer Taff Sims (Jenny) for over ten years, often referring to her as his “rock”. Together, they have two beautiful sons, Brock and Cole, who Travis loved fiercely. He was a member of the Carlisle Christian Church and a loving & faithful servant to our Lord Jesus Christ. Travis loved spending time with his family and friends, coaching baseball, working with young people and had a special fondness for horse racing. He particularly loved The Kentucky Derby.
Travis is survived by his parents, Marion & Phyllis Sims; his wife Jenny and two sons, Brock & Cole; his brother, Dexter (Sarah) Sims; a niece, Payton Sims; and two nephews, Easton & Jackston Sims, all of Carlisle. He is also survived by his in-laws, Janet (Craig) Chasen, of Lexington, and a host of many special friends and former ballplayers.
Preceding Travis in death were his grandparents, Malcolm & Frances Hardwick and Marion & Dorothy Sims, an uncle, Patrick Hardwick, and his cousin, Gwendolyn Ann Hardwick, all having lived in Carlisle.
The Sims family would like to thank Travis’ oncologist, Dr. John L. Villano, and all of the wonderful nurses and caregivers at the Markey Cancer Center. They would also like to thank the amazing people with Bluegrass Care Navigators, to whom they will be eternally grateful. Finally, a huge heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the Jacket Strong community and countless others who have continued to uplift the family with love and support.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, August 6, 2021 at the Carlisle Christian Church by Rev. Steve Smith. Following the funeral, a public committal service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. on Billy K. Anderson Field at Nicholas County High School. All area teams wishing to show their support for Travis and his family are asked to gather there. Private family burial will follow in the Carlisle Cemetery.
Visitation will be after 3:00 P.M. Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Carlisle Christian Church, 242 North Locust Street, Carlisle, Kentucky 40311 or to Bluegrass Care Navigators (formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass), 1317 US Highway 62 East, Cynthiana, Kentucky 41031.
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