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William L. Mims Jr.

Mims, Jr., William L. William L. Mims, Jr., an Orlando attorney and musician, passed February 9, 2013 after a two-year bout with cancer. He was known as Bill to his friends and family, but he was also known as Wild Bill Mims in the music world. A sixth generation Floridian, Bill was born in Orlando on March 3, 1956 to William L. Mims (deceased) and Lucile Loretta Mims. Bill attended Trinity Preparatory School, graduating in the first class that began in the 7th grade. Bill enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill, but returned to Florida to earn both a BA and a JD degree from the University of Florida. After law school, Bill joined his father at the Orlando law firm of Sanders, McEwan, Mims and McDonald. Bill spent the next 30 years practicing law in the fields of real property, estates and trusts with a long record of giving to the community, resulting in recognition by the Orange County Bar Association s Legal Aid Society for outstanding provision of pro bono legal services to indigent clients. He also served on the Board of Directors of Change a Kid s Life, Inc., Housing Resource Development Corporation, the Volunteer Center of Central Florida, Inc. and Trinity Preparatory School. While Bill derived great pleasure from the legal world, he also experienced joy through playing keyboards and guitar. A gifted musician and singer, Bill also wrote his own music. Through the years he played in groups that include: Teakwood, The In-laws, Baby Blues, The Standing Hamptons, Bigger Than The Sky and Blue Stone. A favorite play list would include Rock-n-Roll, the Blues and of course, the Beatles. Often participating in benefits to raise money for fellow musicians in need or for other worthy causes, he truly lived the Beatles lyric The love you take is equal to the love you make. Bill was a dedicated Christian who served as Senior Warden and member of the Vestry at St. Mary of the Angels Episcopal Church. In addition, he taught Sunday school and worked with the youth groups at both St. Mary s and Conway United Methodist Church. His life was immensely full; however Bill learned early that the most important gift in life was family. He is survived by his wife, Susan L. Eberle Mims; his son, William L. Mims, III; his daughter, Charlotte A. Mims; his mother, Lucile Loretta Mims; his sister, Diane Mims Silkey; his nephew, Brandon R. Silkey; and his three great-nieces, Taylor, Madison and Grace Silkey. A memorial service and internment will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, March 1, 2013, at St. Mary of the Angels Episcopal Church, 6316 Matchett Road, Orlando, Florida 32809, followed by a reception in

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Feb. 24, 2013
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