|Rev. Cecil C. Mims was born in Marthaville, Louisiana, on September 9, 1919. He was licensed to preach in 1955 and served churches throughout the Louisiana Conference until his retirement in 1984. Even in his retired years he continued to serve churches in various areas of the Conference.
Cecil referred to himself as “Shorty” but regarded himself as the “tallest preacher in the Conference” and was dubbed “Uncle Teeny” by his nieces and nephews. He definitely could be seen above the crowd.
Cecil is remembered as a pastor who was conscientious in his involvement with his people, always taking care of those who needed him. He made it a point to visit door-to-door and particularly cared for the shut-ins. He was where he was supposed to be and did what he was supposed to do. Even in his last years as he moved to the nursing home in Mer Rouge, Cecil led regular chapel services as long as his health permitted.
He took particular delight in sharing bags of pecans that he had picked up and shelled. He was as generous with the homemade jellies, jams and figs that he made from the fruit that grew on the trees in the yard of his retired minister’s home in Mer Rouge as he was with the tales that he could tell.
His spouse, Velma died in 1990.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 260 By Marie Williams|