Rev. Howard Earl Mims entered this world on May 3, 1934. He was the fourth child of Bessie and Carlton Mims. He departed for Bright Glory on Friday, January 10, 2014.
He grew up in Sims Colony and was baptized in the Whiting Chapel United Methodist Church in Teague, Texas by Rev. Arnett Lankford. He attended Dunbar High School in Mexia. After serving in the U.S. Army he committed to a servant life for Christ in 1968. He was appointed to his first church, Mackey Chapel in Odessa, Texas in 1969. How many know God had a plan. It was here that Rev. Mims met and fell in love with his beloved, Lavon. The two were united in Holy Matrimony August 22, 1972, in Abilene, Texas where he had just been appointed his second congregation – The Plum Street United Methodist Church where he served for four years.
Rev. Mims received his Bachelor of Arts degree from McMurry College in Abilene, Texas on August 15, 1975. He was then appointed to the Peoples United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, CO where he served for 7 years. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado on May 26, 1978.
He was licensed in Abilene, Texas January 9, 1972 in the Northwest Texas conference.
He was ordained Deacon in 1974 in Amarillo, Texas.
He was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church by the Southwest Texas conference on May 30, 1979.
He also received Certificate of Completion from course of study school Perkins School of Theology at SMU Dallas, Texas.
Special Honors: Municipal Leadership Institute Certificate from the Mayor of San Antonio, September 25, 1999. Awarded the Outstanding Evangelism award for Black Church in Oklahoma conference. Special Guest Preacher at the cowboy rodeo in Denver, Co speaking to thousands. He received a certificate from Fosbick Preaching Institute Riverside Church, New York, NY.
Rev. Mims was very concerned and passionate for each and every congregation he served. He loved you all, including:
Scruggs UMC, Edna, Texas Webster UMC, Victoria, Texas Wesley-Harper UMC, Seguin, Texas Warren UMC, Ardmore, Oklahoma Spencer UMC, Muskogee, Oklahoma St. Paul/Wesley UMC, Columbus, Texas Jacobs Chapel UMC, San Antonio, Texas (Retired) William Taylor UMC, Luling, Texas
He served as Chaplain for many years at the Lewis Funeral Home in San Antonio.
Rev. Mims is survived by his beloved wife, Lavon. Four Children: Wayne Packo and wife Cherry, Forney, Texas; Louise Pegues and husband Rufus, Duncanville, Texas; Grandolyn Sharp, Fort Worth, Texas; Jena Walker, Carrollton, Texas.
Brothers: Elder Carlton Mims, Jr. and wife Johnnie Pearl, Austin, Texas; Johnnie Roy Mims and wife Catherine, Austin, Texas.
Sisters: Elsie Benson, Axtel, Texas; Lora Lee Levels and husband Rev. Lofton, Bastrop, Texas.
Special Mention of his “darling” nieces and nephews: Lavern, Patty, Tina, Natalie, Lane, Mickey, Ethel, Arzo and Queenie.
4 grandchildren: Nikki, Waylon, Kristle, Eric. 2 great-grands: Ashley and Jaylon.
Rev. Mims will be missed by his extensive church family, cousins and friends. We will all remember his boundless energy, bellowing laughter, and need to feed everybody!!
A Letter from Reverend Howard E. Mims:
Passing It On
If I could share anything with you today it would be to reiterate my passion for Christ. We all know how life sometimes seems to just take us off in every direction. But, one day the Lord stopped me in my tracks. As I lay at one point in the hospital, rambling out of my mind, the Lord slowed me down enough to hear his voice. When I came to myself, I promised the Lord if he would get me out of that hospital bed I would not run any further, I would preach for him wherever he wanted me to go. I left home to do just that. I went back to school so that I could best be able to do so. God humbled me to a point that I have never been one for “show.” Wherever he gave me utterance – all across the United States – it was to his glory. I wanted saint or sinner to know the love of God. That hearts would be touched and lives changed to the accepting of Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. That heaven would be not only my goal but an infection that I spread to every life I touched. In spite of the many crosses I have carried and in spite of any you may carry, we labor to say, “May the work I’ve done speak for me! I was human every step of the way, but God was Savior and deliverer.
To my wife, children, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, cousins as well as co-laborers in the faith, to all those who called me the leader of their church from Odessa, Abilene, Colorado Springs, Oklahoma, San Antonio, Luling and points in between, I leave my heart. I love you, love you, love you! And, there is nothing you can do about it!
William Taylor, I gave you my last. You were the best without a doubt. I love you. You are a people who made preaching a joy, joy, joy – way down in my soul!
I would leave you all with this: Love the Lord God first and the people whose path he puts you in second . Find a reason to smile every day.
And, remember, “I am Redeemed! Bought with a price! Jesus, has changed my whole life…”
This is all I wanted to say. I Howard Earl Mims had this one last word.
P.S. To my friends at Lewis Funeral Home, I have truly loved my time with you all doing what you do. Thank you for having me.
Till we meet again…
Yours Truly, Reverend Howard E. Mims