Arkansas Softball Hall of Famer Died Doing What He Loved

(KATV) Little Rock - The softball community lost a very special guy on Sunday. Arkansas Softball Hall of Famer Jerry Sims died doing what he loved most... playing softball.

While practicing for a big game coming up Sims felt ill and players took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. (There are no details at this time about cause of death.)

Jerry was 68. He was inducted into the State Softball Hall of Fame on July 2, 2011.

[Pictured] Here is a good picture of Jerry with his daughter Karen Sims who is part of the Women's Softball Hall of Fame. They're the first father/daughter duo in the Arkansas Softball Hall of Fame.

Sims was best known as the on air radio personality, Sonny Martin at KXLR and KAAY. He worked at Channel Seven among other TV stations as an announcer, reporter, and weatherman; then in advertising sales.

For many years he was very active in Seniors Softball Tournaments Nationally with various teams and leagues throughout the state of Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie Hays Sims, four sons, daughter and granddaughter Mia [pictured].

The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 10, at First Baptist Church of Maumelle with Reverend Johnny Jackson officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Men's Softball Hall of Fame, 2506 Margaret Circle, Conway, Arkansas 72034 or the Maumelle Friends of Animals, P. O. Box 13061, Maumelle, Arkansas 72113.