Services for John R. “Pappy” Mims, 64, of Palestine will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Elkhart with Bro. Mike Daniels officiating. Burial will immediately follow the service at Myrtle Springs Cemetery under the direction of Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home.
John R. “Pappy” Mims went home to be with the Lord on July 13, 2014.
He was born Aug. 10, 1949, in Houston County, Texas to the late Melvin Mims and Betty Watts.
He served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Vietnam War. John retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone in Tyler in 2002 where he was admired by his employees as an outstanding supervisor who truly cared about them.
After his retirement he dedicated his life to being “Pappy” not only to his grandchildren, but to all of the children in the Elkhart I.S.D. He served as a volunteer and substitute teacher in the school district. Mr. Mims was happiest when he could bring a smile to a child’s face. “Pappy” also was dedicated to the sports programs and thoroughly enjoyed cheering on his grandchildren and the teams every chance he could get. Mr. Mims was a Southern Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Mims; and a sister, Judy Mims.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Bill and Betty Watts. John also leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Sandra Mims; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Michelle Mims of Elkhart and Jeff and Jennifer Mims of Waxahachie; two brothers, Charles Mims of Houston and Richard Mims of Grand Junction, Colorado; one sister, Mary Edwards of Houston; 10 grandchildren, Jordan Mims, Jared Mims, Bailey “Boo” Mims, Grant Mims, Brody Mims, Nash Mims, Bear Mims, Christa Munoz, Brittany Munoz and Courtney Martin; two great-grandchildren, Levi Munoz and Melody Wheeler; and a host of other family and friends.