OBITUARY

Thomas Jefferson Mims Jr.

November 7, 1945April 27, 2021
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" Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. 3 Nephi 12:16

Thomas Jefferson Mims, Jr. passed away at home in the early morning hours of April 27th from complications after a valiant battle with multiple illnesses, with his wife, Andi, by his side.

Born on November 7, 1945, Tom was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana where he eventually met his sweetheart, Andi. He followed her to Utah where he earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Utah, and subsequently returned to Louisiana for medical school at LSU Medical School. His internship at UC Davis took their young family to Sacramento, California, where he then began his Neurosurgery residency. Ultimately, their family relocated to Houston in order to complete his residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He spent over 30 years as a respected Neurosurgeon in Houston after spending a brief period of his career practicing in Salt Lake City, Utah. Always a caring physician, he frequently made house calls when his patients were too ill to travel.

In addition to his medical career, his passion outside of healthcare included his family and his church service. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints shortly before his marriage and found peace and comfort knowing he was sealed to his family in the Salt Lake City Temple. As an adult he dedicated many years serving his church in various capacities including Sunday School teacher and later as a Bishop to his local congregation. His life experiences and service to others taught him to be particularly fond of the scripture found in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as sow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

He had a public reputation as a kind, generous, compassionate and wise man. A vocal patriot and history buff, he developed a particular fondness for our founding fathers and the constitution. Always patriotic, Tommy was a proud Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow member.

In his private time, his individual pursuits allowed him to express his creativity. He had a particular fondness for the arts and music, and many of his personal paintings were displayed throughout their home. A proud husband, father, grandparent, uncle and friend, he relished opportunities to give and serve others the most.

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Thomas Jefferson Mims Sr. and Lucy Elizabeth (Eanes) Mims, and his sister, Jan Farmer.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 54 years, Andrea Lynn (Nielsen) Mims; children, Ashley Mims and husband, Chuck Ivy; Jeff Mims and wife, Melanie; grandchildren, Carson, London, Lillian, Ava, Xander, Lucas, Travis and Bodhi; nephew, Michael Farmer and niece, Melissa Farmer; though not linked by blood, Tommy’s brother by heart and spirit and best friend, Leonard Jay Goltzman; and numerous other dear relatives and cherished loved ones.

Visitation: 6-8 pm Friday, April 30th at Forest Park Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer Road in Houston

Funeral Service: 10 am, May 1st at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3450 S Dairy Ashford Road, in Houston.

Zoom Link to the funeral service at 10:00am: https://zoom.us/j/93975308396

Burial Service: Tom will be laid to rest near loved ones at a private service on Sunday, May 2nd in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

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Debbe Stemmler Tengg

May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021
Dear Andi,
So very saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved Tom. I will always remember working with him in NICU at Methodist during the 80’s. He was kind and compassionate to all. Yesterday at his services I heard how there was always someone staying at your house. It reminded me how you and Tom made sure, that me, a single girl, with no local family, did not spend a holiday alone. May the Lord comfort you, Andi, as only He is able. Much love to you and your family. Debbe Stemmler Tengg

Tom Harwell

April 30, 2021

Tommy was my room mate at Northwestern State College in 1964 and a fellow KA. He was one of the smartest , kindest and caring people I have ever known. I have kept up with him thru Andi's sister until she moved and we lost contact.

This world has lost a great man and a good guy. Sorry to hear about his death/

Tom Harwell
Shreveport, LA

Lani Wilson

April 29, 2021

His smile tells it all. He was a kind and generous man. His art was beautiful. His love for his family was great. But I think his love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were his ultimate virture. And because of that love, he was a wonderful husband and father, and a caring physician. Thank you for being a friend. Rest now.

Robin Houston

April 29, 2021

So sorry to hear of the lost of Dr Mims. I am a nurse who worked with him on 22 tower at St. Luke’s. My favorite memory of him is that of me being a new nurse out of school. He changed his patients dressings himself and he would pick the experience nurses that he trusted to make rounds with him. I would think to myself..I wonder if he will ever pick me to make rounds, well one day he gets off the elevator walks up to me and says come make rounds with me..you would have thought I won the lottery!! He will be missed.

teri finley

April 29, 2021

Dr Mims was truly the definition of a gentleman.He always was so thoughtful and caring first to his patients and secondly to the staff in the hospital. His calmness and wonderful bedside manner will truly be missed.

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