William Jervis Mims

Services will be held at 2pm Tuesday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home Chapel in Hattiesburg for Mr. William Jervis Mims, 83, of Hattiesburg who died November 25, 2017 at Asbury Hospice House.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Turner and Ruby Stringer Mims and a sister, Katherlene Minter. Survivors include Floy Weatherford Mims, his wife of 63 years of marriage; one daughter Pam Smith (Kelly) of Hattiesburg; two sons Steve Mims (Renee) of Austin, Texas and Gregg Mims (Michelle) of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida; one brother, Derwood Mims of Bandera, Texas; nine grandchildren and ten great grand children.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

A Forrest County native, Jervis went to Dixie School, graduated from Forrest County Agricultural High School and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. In high school he was active in Beta and Key Clubs, F.F.A. and was a 4-H National Poultry Winner in 1951.  He served his country from 1952 until 1960 as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve.

He grew up around the building business, working with his uncle, who was a local builder, while still in high school. His legacy in the home building industry started in the 1950s when he worked as a carpenter, establishing Mims Real Estate and Construction in Hattiesburg in 1957. His worked as a residential and commercial builder for 57 years.

A pioneer in establishing the Home Builders Association chapter at the local and state levels,
In 1962, Mims was a charter member of what is now known as the Greater Hattiesburg Home Builders Association, serving as secretary, vice president and as president four times. In 1971, he served as secretary/treasurer of HBAM, vice president the following year and president in 1973. That same year, he was included in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Lifetime Spike Hall of Fame and is an NAHB lifetime board of directors member and a Life Spike. Also in 1973, NAHB presented Mims with an Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement in Membership Development at their national Convention. In 1980, he was again recognized by the NAHB as membership chairman and in 1984 as a designated lifetime national director.

In 1977 and again in 1985, the Hattiesburg Area Home Builders Association named Mims their Builder of the Year.

In 1968, Mims was appointed to the Forrest County AHS School Board, and in 1970 was appointed by Gov. John Bell Williams to the Forrest County School Board for a six-year term. He received a Service Award from the Forrest County School Board in 1976. In 1998, he was appointed by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors to the Forrest County Park Commission and served until 2001. During his service on this board, numerous industrial prospects were recruited which created hundreds of jobs in the Hattiesburg community.

Mims always promoted the importance of professional development opportunities and strong ethical standards for area builders. His vision for an ethical, professional membership was demonstrated by his efforts in the creation of the Construction Technology Program at USM.