George Wims was a longtime member of the Franklin County Genealogical Society, serving as Society President from January 2010 through June 2011. Below is his obituary, as printed in the Mt. Vernon Optic-Herald newspaper, January 4, 2012. You can view the online version of this obituary through the Mt. Vernon Optic-Herald website.
George Richard Wims, of Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas was born Saturday, July 25, 1931 to George Wilkins and Addie Ree (McFerrin) Wims in Lavada, Franklin County, Texas. He died Wednesday, December 28, 2011 in Tyler, Smith County, Texas.
George was laid to rest on Saturday, December 31, 2011 in the Mount Vernon City Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Wims, Mark Wims, Tim Wims, Skip McGrady, Justin Wims, Michael Wims, Jared Wims, Jeremy McGrady, Ethan Wims, Jimmie Evans, Tim Lang, Larry Morris, and Bob Stinson. Honorary pallbearers were John Martin, Cody Parnell, Fallon Wims and John Owens.
George was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mildred Marie Wims (1922) and a great-granddaughter, Sydney Paige Ballard (2001). He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patsy Sam (Evans) Wims, four children and their spouses, David Wayne and Barbara (Alderson) Wims of Maryville, Tennessee, John Mark and Paula (Rader) Wims of Idalou, Texas, Richard Timothy and Teresia (Boyd) Wims of Mount Vernon, Texas and Susan Marie (Wims) and R.W. (Skip) McGrady of Stafford, Texas. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
George grew up in Mount Vernon, Texas and graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1948. He earned a Bachelor of Science in English and Industrial Education from East Texas Teachers College, Commerce, Texas in 1957. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman 1st Class from 1951 to 1955 and as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1957 to 1962. George married Patsy Sam Evans of Fort Worth, Texas on September 14, 1952 at the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon. He worked in the missile field which took him to Arizona, California, Louisiana and eventually back to Texas. In 1986, he retired from Texas Instruments and returned to Mount Vernon. He then spent 13 years teaching in the Mount Pleasant Independent School District before retiring at 70 years of age.
After retiring from teaching, George became active in the Franklin County Genealogical Society and recently served as its President. His love of history, family and storytelling were combined in his work with the Society. George was a loving husband, wonderful father and grandfather, and friend. He will be greatly missed by the many people his life touched.
Memorials and contributions may be made to the Franklin County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1563, Mt. Vernon, Texas 75457.