Facility engineer had many talents

Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 10:28 PM
Last updated 10:50 PM
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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

Mr. Mims died this 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. Sims 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 this evening.

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THE GAME INSIDE THE GAME 09/11/09 - 11:15 pm
I have had the pleasure to

I have had the pleasure to work with Larry for many years setting up and taking down shows at the James Brown Arena. I will second everything said above about Larry he was a pleasure to be around.

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