Turner Ashby Sims Jr., 83, a retired Air Force brigadier general and a former senior Washington representative of the Pratt and Whitney Division of United Aircraft Corp., died of an aneurysm Nov. 19 at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Gen. Sims, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Little Rock, Ark. He graduated from the Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1926 and completed his training as a bomber pilot in 1927.
He completed the Army Air Corps' engineering and tactical schools and was a flying instructor during the 1930s. During World War II, he had assignments in Europe and elsewhere with the Air Material Command. He transferred to the Air Force when it was formed in 1947 and was executive to the secretary of the Air Force when he retired that year.
Gen. Sims worked for the Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corp. in Oak Ridge, Tenn., before joining United Aircraft in 1951. He transferred to the Washington area in 1958 and retired in 1969.
His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.
He was a member of the Order of the Daedalians, the Army & Navy Club and the Congressional Country Club.
His first wife, Mildred Chichester, died in 1955.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Carleen Loeffler Sims of Bethesda; one daughter by his first marriage, Marilyn Sims Cornwall of Wethersfield, Conn.; two stepchildren, Patricia McClaine Martin of Bethesda and Joan McClaine May of Greensboro, N.C.; one brother, retired Air Force Col. Richard E. Sims of Pascagoula, Miss.; six grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
JOHN J. FLYNN,
64, a retired Navy chief petty officer and a former special assistant to Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, died of cancer Nov. 19 at the Bethesda Naval Hospital. He had lived in Lusby, Md., since 1974.
Mr. Flynn was born in York Harbor, Maine. During World War II, he served in the Navy with submarine units in the Pacific. He was assigned to the staff of the submarine school in Groton, Conn., in 1946.
He was transferred to the Washington area in 1956 and was assigned to the Navy's Bureau of Personnel. He was a personnel officer when he retired in 1962.
For the next 12 years, he was a civilian employe of the Navy Ships Systems Command, where he had worked with various missile and submergence systems projects. He was a special assistant to Rickover when he retired for the second time in 1974.
He was a member of the Submarine Veterans of World War II, the Fleet Reserve Association and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine Flynn of Lusby; one son, John (Skip) Flynn Jr. of Alexandria; one brother, Peter Flynn of Lavallette, N.J.; two sisters, Ethna Carr of Harvey Cedars, N.J., and Mary Coad of Palm Harbor, Fla., and one granddaughter.