Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Fernando Sims Founder/CEO

Sims Funeral Home - East Point

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Linda Thrasher Managing Funeral Director, Licensed Embalmer, CFSP
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Stacy Thurman Licensed Funeral Director & Lead Embalmer
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Taylor Lepsic Administrative Assistant
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Neal Purvis Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Julian Rucker Funeral Service Apprentice
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Terry Turner Staff
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Leo Regular Staff
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Charles Knox Staff
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Elliott Parham Staff
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Patrick Buggs Staff
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Bart Jones Staff

Sims Funeral Home - Smyrna

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Jeallin Perez Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Nedra Davis Director's Assistant
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Ericka Matamoros Bilingual Administrative Assistant

Jeallin Perez

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Nedra Davis

Director's Assistant
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Ericka Matamoros

Bilingual Administrative Assistant
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Linda Thrasher

Managing Funeral Director, Licensed Embalmer, CFSP
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The Managing Funeral Director who oversees operations of all three locations, Linda is also a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and a licensed life insurance agent.  Linda has over twenty years of experience in funeral service and previously worked in the hospitality industry.  She is a member of Providence Baptist Church in College Park and a true Atlanta Falcon's fan.   Linda is also active in the National Funeral Directors and Mortician's Association on a national and local level, having previously been named "Mortician of the Year" by NFDMA's 9th District.  

Stacy Thurman

Licensed Funeral Director & Lead Embalmer
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Taylor Lepsic

Administrative Assistant
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Neal Purvis

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Julian Rucker

Funeral Service Apprentice
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Terry Turner

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Leo Regular

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Charles Knox

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Elliott Parham

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Patrick Buggs

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Bart Jones

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Fernando Sims

Founder/CEO
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Born and raised in metro Atlanta, Fernando's interest in funeral service can be tied to his maternal grandfather, Elijah Sims, who established the first Sims Funeral Home in 1943.  Fernando studied marketing at the University of West Georgia before starting his own corporate transportation company in the early 2000s, which he continues to operate while serving as the figurehead of Sims Funeral Homes.   A true Georgia sports fan, he's always in the know about the state's upcoming class of football or basketball athletes and ready to talk shop on Georgia Bulldog football.