Morris facility engineer, 48, was hard worker

When something needed to be fixed, those at Morris Communications Co. in Augusta knew Larry Mims was the guy to call.


Mr. Mims died Friday morning. He was 48.

William S. Morris III, the chairman of Morris Communications, parent company of The Augusta Chronicle , said Mr. Mims was one of the most capable people he has ever worked with.

"The old expression 'his hand fit any wrench' certainly described Larry," Mr. Morris said. "He could do anything. He was a man of numerous capabilities. He was smart, creative and possessed incredible mechanical skills. He was a delightful person to work with. Everybody who knew him loved him and respected him. Our company's many employees and his many friends will miss him terribly."

Mr. Mims was hired at The Chronicle in 1996 and later transferred to corporate offices as facility engineer. Berry Smith, the properties and facilities director for Morris, said Mr. Mims never dodged a tough assignment or shirked his duties.

"Larry Mims was one of the finest people you could ask to work with," Mr. Smith said.

"He was always eagerly willing to do whatever was required to make sure a job was done. ... What most people consider going the extra mile Larry considered just part of the job. He and his positive attitude will sorely be missed by this company and me personally. My prayers for comfort go out to his family."

Don Bailey, the president of The Chronicle , said Mr. Mims was a valued employee at the company.

"He was a go-to person for many people at The Chronicle ," Mr. Bailey said. "He will be missed."

Mr. Mims' daughter, Crystal, said her father was a good man.

"He was like the most awesome person ever," Ms. Mims said. "You couldn't have asked for a better dad."

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 2524 Lumpkin Road. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Augusta, with burial in Westover Memorial Park.

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