BRUNSWICK — Cmdr. Willian Jackson Mims, 82, died March 28.
He was born in Geneva Country, Ala., on Dec. 1, 1929. He was the son of Lantie Jackson Mims and Lou Inez Gamble Mims of Hartford, Ala.
He graduated from Geneva County High School on May 28, 1948. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 1928. He met and married a wave in the U.S. Navy, Jean Furry, on March 21, 1953.
Commissioned as an officer in January 1960, he had a long and distinguished career. Over the course of his career, Mims was awarded three Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal with Star and an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Cuba. He retired on October 31, 1978.
He was a member of the American Legion and regularly attended St. Charles Church.
He enjoyed his retirement in Brunswick, embracing his love of fishing and taking several trips each year with his friends. He enjoyed coffee and lunches with his friends and was a competitive dominoes player. He will be greatly missed.
He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Jean, and daughter Sandra Jean Fuhrey-Mims.
Survivors include daughter Katharine Inez Latimer; grandchildren Tara Latimer Baumgartner and her husband, Alex, Morgan Katharine Kremer and her husband, Adam, Lindsay Hall Latimer, Joseph Marion Latimer III, Liam Gregory Page and Gavin White; and sisters Margaret Wiggins and her husband, Kenneth, and Carolyn Blakely and her husband, James.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place April 4 at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011.