July 30, 1968 - June 28, 2012 Resided in Paterson, NJ
On July 30, 1968, in Paterson, New Jersey, in the beauty of a day never before given by God and now consumed forever in eternity. Willie and Theresa Mims were blessed with the birth of their first child, a beautiful bouncing baby boy who they named Willie.
He was called from this world of labor to receive his eternal prize on June 28, 2012, doing what
he loved best, playing football.
Peanut, as he was affectionately known by family and friends, graduated from John F. Kennedy High School and attended Southern Connecticut University and The University of Florida. While in high school he began his football career playing with the Kennedy Knight football team.
Throughout his football career Peanut held numerous positions, but he particularly enjoyed being the wide receiver.
Over the last twenty-two years, his athletic skills and abilities allowed him to excel in the arena and semi-professional football leagues Peanut loved his family immensely and would do anything for them. He was optimistic about life and brought joy and inspiration to his family and others.
He was always smiling, and willing to help anyone in need.
His love for sports inspired him to become a coach and mentor to many young athletes.
In addition to his love for football, he coached the Hope Angels, Lady Angels, Lady Stallions and the Def Squad girl's basketball teams.
He took great pride in encouraging others to stay focused and reach their fullest potential.
During his later years, Peanut played for the Scranton Eagles, NEPA Miners, and most recently the Electric City Chargers when right before practice he collapsed and died.
Peanut will never be forgotten and will be sadly missed as he departs this earthly life to be with the Lord.
He leaves to cherish his memory, Children: Shatia Mims
(Pennsylvania), Dara Shipman-Mason (Georgia), Daraye and Dekyri Mims: Grandchildren: Davion and Ka'Mya Mims, Corey Mason, Jr. (Georgia); Parents: Willie
and Theresa Mims; Brothers: Deaven and D'Ron Mims; Uncles: John Mims (California), Ronald and Raymond Hicks. He is also survived by his Adopted mother: Willie Mae Carswell; Adopted son: Marcus Martin (Texas); Godparents: Dr. Barbara Walters Shields
(Florida) and James Rollins (Georgia); God sister: Trenace Greene (Maryland); God daughter: Koryn Lawrence-Barrett; Special aunts: Eliza Rollins, Alene Perry(Georgia) and Mary Scudder (Georgia); Special cousins: Anthony Walters(Florida), Maurice Hicks,
Randy Crawley, Dwayne Taylor, Dawnette Jenkins(Georgia) and Rev. Pamela Powell; Devoted friend, Kim Ferguson; Special friends, Andre (Rocky) Rutherford, Eric Downing, Donnie Jackson, Veree Freeman, Wallace Haynes ; Coach Richard Hall and football family; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
In loving memory of Willie, and because of his compassion in helping others, he became an organ donor.
Even in death Willie, provides hope to many men, women, and children who are in need of a life saving or life enhancing transplant.
To God be the Glory for allowing Willie to share life with us.Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth
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