SYLACAUGA -- More than 75 members of the Mims family gathered for a service at First Free Will Baptist Church recently to honor the life and legacy of Shirley Mims.
Pastor Heath Webb was so impressed with this gathering of family for the church member that he wanted to let others know about this special remembrance.
“Mrs. Mims was a loving and devoted member of First Free Will Baptist Church,” he said. “She passed away on Oct. 20. In a day and age where families seem so divided and distant, it was such a blessing to see this family come together in their time of pain and honor their loved one in this unique way. What an amazing tribute.”
The family honored their loved one at the church the day after she died.
Webb thanked the Mims family saying it was an “honor and privilege to have you in service at First Free Will Baptist Church.”
Webb said Mims died at her home in Bon Air surrounded by her loved ones. Mims was laid to rest in Green Hill Cemetery on Oct. 23. She was 79.
The pastor said his church member was known for her love of church, family and her Sunday school class.
She is survived by four sons, Jamie (Cindy) Mims; Jackie (Tammy) Mims, David (Donna) Mims and Stephen (Sonia) Mims; two daughters, Laura (Steve) Sims and Cathy (Gerry) Peoples; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister, Linda (Sam) Holmes; two brothers, Lonzo (Pat) Armstrong and Raymond (Shirley) Armstrong; and her aunt, Era Bell Crump.