Joshua Sims Bey

  • Born: August 8, 1938
  • Died: May 28, 2011
  • Location: Greenville, Kentucky

Tucker Funeral Home

113 North Third Street
Central City, KY 42330
Tel. 270.754.1551

Tribute & Message From The Family

GREENVILLE - Joshua Sims Bey, 72, of Greenville, died Saturday, May 28, 2011 at his home. Mr. Bey was born August 8, 1938 in Philadelphia, PA. He was retired from the Philadelphia Navel Shipyard in 1993; afterwards, he became an OTR owner/operator, retiring in 2007. Mr. Bey was a Vietnam Veteran, having honorably served his country in two branches of the military: Army and Marines. He was awarded the Purple Heart twice. He was a caring, generous man with a great sense of humor. He loved God, his country, and family; he enjoyed traveling, spending time at the lake, and historical documentaries; and was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter Jouette Henry #8. As a teen, he enjoyed success as a singer/guitarist with a Doo-wop group and his retirement afforded the opportunity to revisit his musical roots. Mr. Bey was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Sims and Beatrice Sims; aunt Sara Bey; and brothers Joseph Sims Bey, Eliahu Sims Bey, Salome Sims Bey, Lawrence Green, and Franklin Green.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, S. Renee Bey of Greenville; son Christopher Bey of Greenville; dear friend and ex-wife, Dorothy L. Bey of Greenville; sister Beatrice Sims of Pennsylvania; nieces Beatriz Bey Armstrong of New Jersey and Lisa Bey of Pennsylvania; nephews Xavier Bey of Pennsylvania, Yusef Bey of Pennsylvania, and Ali Bey of North Carolina; cousins John El, Carlene El, Carl El, Naomi El, and Warren El.

Memorial services will be Friday, June 3, 2011 at 2:00PM at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Hopkinsville, with Rev. Richard Holladay officiating. Burial in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery with military honors. Tucker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at


Condolence & Memory Journal


My dear friends,

We were devastated to learn of Mr. Bey's passing. And, although we're - still - reeling from the shock, we can't begin to imagine the pain you feel.

All who knew him witnessed his kindness, compassion and respect for humankind. He epitomized the adage "Actions speak louder than words". And, without question, he loved YOU and his country. :o)

We pray there's comfort in knowing - God called home his BEST soldier !!!

If you need us, in ANY way, don't hesitate to let us know. We love you. We mourn with you. And, we - with you - celebrate this wonderful man.

Posted by M. Devereaux Blackfoot - Family Friend   June 05, 2011

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father/family member. I have always regarded your family highly and have you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Posted by Shirley Crider - friend   June 03, 2011

W. J. Norris Detachment #804, Inc., Marine Corps League
C/o 4100 Kipling Drive
Owensboro, Kentucky 42303-7220

In recognition of Joshua S. Bey's
honorable service to the United States of America and the United States Marine Corps; We extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country, and Corps.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

On behalf of the members of our Detachment, we offer our help and assistance should your family ever need it.

Semper Fi, The Marines of Detachment #804. Hugh Wade, Commandant

Posted by Marine Corps League, owensboro - Owensboro, KY - Marine   June 03, 2011