Sim C. Dulaney Jr.

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Feb. 7, 1928 – Dec. 28, 2013

12:31 Sim Dulaney obitpicPORT GIBSON — Services for Sim C. Dulaney Jr., 85, of Port Gibson, who died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at his residence, will be at noon Thursday at Glenwood Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow in Wintergreen Cemetery under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.

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Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Dulaney died unexpectedly at his home on the “The Hill” in Port Gibson with his extended family. Growing up mostly deaf from a Quinine overdose, Mr. Dulaney worked hard and raised a loving Christian family. He died clear of mind, but an elderly body.

He had just days before read the “Nativity Story” and passed out presents to his children and grandchildren with a smile on his face and a “twinkle” in his eyes.

Sim served in the U.S. Army from 1948 – 1950. Upon graduation from Delta State (accounting/chemisty), he attended Ole Miss Law School and later finished at Jackson School of Law.

Sim Dulaney’s life was varied and fruitful. Having farming roots in S.C. Dulaney and Son Farms, (now Dulaney Seed in Clarksdale) in the early 60s, Mr. Dulaney moved his farming operations to Leland. Later he established himself with two cotton gins, farming, law practice and realty in Canton. In the mid 80’s, after a few years in Hattiesburg as a petroleum landman, Mr. Sim assumed a legal practice in Port Gibson, where he later retired.

To many, Mr. Dulaney is best remembered for his capacity as Claiborne County Public Defender (15 years). Through the Halls of Justice, Mr. Sim established the innocence of many of Claiborne County’s citizens.

To those who knew him, Mr. Dulaney was a good hearted man who treated everyone with respect. He was a Delta Planter — a true “Southern Gentleman ahead of his time: — progressive and entrepreneurial.

Mr. Dulaney will be remembered and missed by his many friends in Canton and Port Gibson. The family especially wishes to thank his devoted caregiver, Gwendolyn Smith. He was a member of Stepping Stone Baptist Church in Port Gibson.

Mr. Dulaney was preceded in death by his by his beloved wife, Mary Catherine Gunn.

Survivors included one sister, Martha Havill and husband, Jerry, of Wake Forest, NC.; three children, Dara Wilds and husband, Robert, of Brandon, Sim Dulaney III and wife, Melinda, of Las Vegas, and Deborah Elizabeth Lum and husband, Doug, of Port Gibson and 10 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Robert Wilds, Hon. Michael Keyton, Fred Stuart, Hon. Alexander Martin, David Dowell, Frank Davis, Doug Lum and Jim Hynum.

Honorary pallbearers will be Donald Carter, Dr. David Headley, Judge Isador Patrick, Robert Gage, Hon. W.B. Duggins, Dr. Neil Wood, Lem Montgomery, Chief Calvin Jackson, Joe Bilbro and Burnice Trevilion.