From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Saffell, Beulah Deborah Sims

(born: January 4, 1924  -  died: March 5, 1962) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

June 14, 1944

Active Duty Exit

March 9, 1945

Exit Rank

Private WAC Det.1127th


Beulah D. Sims was living in Tennessee when she enlisted in the Army, according to her record in Ancestry. Her name was spelled "Beaulah C. Sims" and she enlisted in Nashville, TN. She was living in Chattanooga, TN at the time. Beulah D. Sims was employed as a maid before and after her time in the military. After her discharge, she settled in Knoxville, TN, where she died in 1962. Beulah D. Sims Saffell is buried in the Knoxville National Cemetery. She was born in McRoberts, KY, the daughter of Virginia Roberts and Percy Sims, and she was the wife of Frank Edward Saffell.

Sources - Ancestry: Kentucky Birth Index; Tennessee Death Certificate #62-07376 for Beulah Deborah Sims Saffell; and U.S. Veterans Gravesites.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Letcher County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about McRoberts, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Saffell, Beulah Deborah Sims,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed March 21, 2023,

Last modified: 2021-09-29 14:45:18