James Henry Mims, 53, of Erie, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at home among family and friends. He was born June 1, 1959, in Erie, son of the late Horace and Carrie Mickles Mims. James enjoyed playing Spades, singing, hosting family barbecues, shooting pool, fishing, bingo, camping and being outdoors. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend Horace V. Mims, Sr. and mother Carrie Mickles Mims, three sisters, Barbara Ellman, Cynthia Mims, and Mary Ann Mims. He leaves to cherish his memory eight children, James Mims, Jr., of Akron, Ohio, Tyshawn Mims, Latasha Mims, both of Buffalo, N.Y., Rayshawn Mims, Dontae Mims, Maryanne Mims, of Akron, Ohio, Anita Mims and Aliyah Mims, six sisters, Ruthie Williams, Christine Mims, both of Erie, Carrie Clinton, Doris Anthony (Jamar) both of Buffalo, N.Y., June Christian (Larry) of Akron, Ohio, Rolisha Mims of Columbus, Ohio, two brothers, Horace Mims, Jr. (Garland) of Akron, Ohio and Lonnie Mims Graves (Denise) of Erie. Also survived by 16 grandchildren, Susan Hayes of Erie, mother of his children, and his companion, Wendy Firster of Erie, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Relative and friends may call at the Edward J. Garr Funeral Home, Inc. 459 East 12th Street, Erie, PA 16503 on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of Services at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Erie County Memorial Gardens. Send condolences to garrdavisfuneralhome.com
. A benefit will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Reaper's Club, 828 West 20th Street, Erie, Pa.