Morris facility engineer, 48, was hard worker

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

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Larry Mims had worked for The Augusta Chronicle since 1996.  Special
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Larry Mims had worked for The Augusta Chronicle since 1996.

Mr. Mims died Friday morning. He was 48.

Willam 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's 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." Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 2524 Lumpkin Road, is handling arrangements, which were incomplete Friday evening.

Reach Mike Wynn at (706) 823-3218 or mike.wynn@augustachronicle.com.

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HillGuy
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HillGuy 09/12/09 - 02:56 am
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A young man still, what a

A young man still, what a tragedy; pray for his family.

hillaryodom
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hillaryodom 09/12/09 - 09:06 am
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My Uncle Larry was the best

My Uncle Larry was the best of the best. Not only was he a genius, but he was the most loving, genuine, compassionate person I have ever known. He loved his family. He was selfless, dedicated, and a true rock. He was loved, respected, counted on, and so much more. I know heaven is a better place with him there. As my family talked last night, " The Gates of Heaven will be completely re-engineered with Larry there!"

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storiesihaveread 09/12/09 - 09:55 am
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A great man taken before his

A great man taken before his time!!! As a co-worker with Larry he never had a bad thing to say about anything or anybody. He will be missed. A quote from Mr Morris says it all "He could do anything. He was a man of numerous capabilities. He was smart, creative and possessed incredible mechanical skills" Rest in peace Larry Mims.

IsAnyoneAlwaysRight
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IsAnyoneAlwaysRight 09/13/09 - 07:00 am
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God bless Larry and his

God bless Larry and his family.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 09/13/09 - 10:43 am
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I hope Mr. Mims realized he

I hope Mr. Mims realized he was so appreciated while he was still alive.

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pat2run 09/17/09 - 11:58 am
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Just heard the news about

Just heard the news about Larry... I worked for Morris, hired roughly the same time as him and would see him EVERYWHERE.. always busy, coming or going to work on a project. He was loved by everyone. Very sad to hear the news.. Prayers to his family.

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