Judy Skipper Sims The Jackson Sun (Jackson, Tennessee)21 Jan 1954, ThuPage 15
Mother, 2 Sons Drown In Creek COLUMBIA, Tenn., Jan. 2i W . A 21-year-old mother with two small sons in her arms toppled from a slick foot bridge and drowned in a rain-swollen creek near here yesterday. Victims of the tragedy at Kettle Mills Creek were Mrs. Judy Skipper Sims, 2-year-old Larry Wayne Sims and David Ray Sims, 2 months. A third son, James Sims Jr., 3, also fell from the 30-foot-long bridge but was rescued by his father who was working at a nearby barn when he heard his wife's screams. Looking up, he saw Mrs. Sims and ths three youngsters fall into the creek. Sims was able to save only his eldest child from the swirling waters. The body of the youngest child was recovered last night but dragging crews continued to search the swift waters for the other bodies. Normally the creek is only a foot deep but yesterday's rains raised its level to five feet at the bridge.