Robert Lee Mimms
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Lee Mimms lived on the old home place (Dickens) with his Mother, Ella and sister, Lorena. He was working for United Fidelity Insurance Co. and part time farming, helping Otto, (his brother) who lived close by and farmed the home place. Lee had Bright´s disease (chronic inflammation of the kidney) and was unable to farm full time.

Lee and Lola met at a singing convention held in Crosbyton, TX. Joe Williams (Lee´s brother-in-law) sang tenor with the Stamps Quartet, so occasionally Lee was invited to sing with them. He learned the song "I´ll Fly Away" that day, which remained one of his favorite gospel songs.

Lee recognized Lola Gibson the next week at a Sunday community singing at Croton school building, as one of the people at the singing convention of the Stamps Quartet. Lola was there helping her father, Rudolph Gibson, the new school teacher at Croton school. The Gibson family lived next to the school building. Lee and Lola started dating. They dated about a year, then married in Dec. 1926 in Crosbyton, as Lola´s father had moved south of Crosbyton by then.

Lee and Lola lived on the old home place while Lee and others built a house on the 80 acres he had previously purchased. Stirman Lee had the 80 acres to the south, Ozella Lee (Lee´s sister) had 160 acres to the west.

Lorena (Lee´s sister) had previously married Dr. Graham, the local doctor and later moved to Crosbyton.

When the new home was finished Lee and Lola moved in. In 1931 their first child was born, Brittan. Later Lee´s mother lived with them taking turns living there and with Maud and Oliver Minnix. She died in Lee´s home in May 1932.

He served as county commissioner from 1933-1936, during this time Jere, Don, and Jack were born. Carolyn was born in 1939. They lived in Dickens county until the late 1940´s.

Otho and his family had already moved to Ralls. Otho found a place for Lee to farm. The grocery man in Ralls, Mr. Ball, owned a place south of Ralls in the Robertson community. Lee and family moved on that farm. He rented his 80 acres in Dickens out. Lee and Lolla lived on the farm two years before Lee was killed in an auto accident.

Jere, being in his last year of school farmed the place. Otho´s boys helped. Jere graduated in May and married Bobbie Martin in Dec. 1950. Lolla, Don, Jack and Carolyn moved after the fall crop was gathered. Jere started farming in the Acuff community. Lolla moved to San Antonio where her folks were, but about 6 months later Don and Jack persuaded Lolla to move back to Lubbock.

She purchased a home on 10th street, close to Texas Tech. Don and Jack worked part time to help support the family.

Don, Jack and Carolyn all graduated from Lubbock High.

After all the kids had married and left home. Lolla married W.J. Rogers in 1961. She had met Rogers at Pioneer Park church of Christ where they both attended. Rogers died in 1972 and Lolla continued to live in their home on 9th street for several years. Later she moved to Castle Garden apartments, lived there 5 years, before moving to Frontier Living Center in 1989.

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Born 15 July 1891 in Eastland Co., TX
Died 8 Dec 1949 in Dickens Co., TX
13th child of Moses B. and Nancy Ella (JONES) MIMMS
Paternal Grandparents: Stephen W. and Mary MIMMS
Maternal Grandparents Hardy and Martha Caroline (BLACKBURN) JONES
Married 16 Dec 1928 Crosbyton, Texas
Spouse: Lola Alpha GIBSON, b. 15 Sep 1905 Fredericksburg, TX
Children of Lee and Lola Mimms:
1. Britton Lee, b. 17 Sep 1931   d. 31 Jan 1934; Dickens Co., TX
2. Jere Eugene, b. 16 Apr 1933, Dickens Co.
3. Donald Lee, b. 10 Sep 1935, Dickens Co.
4. Jackie Shelby, b. 10 Dec 1936, Dickens Co.
5. Lola Carolyn, b. 19 Jan 1939, Dickens Co.

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Obituary

Robert L. Mimms Dies of Injuries in Car Accident

Funeral services for Robert Lee Mimms, 56, who passed away at 10 a.m. yesterday in Crosbyton hospital will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday at Dickens Church of Christ. Mimms died from injuries received in a car wreck three miles west of Ralls Dec. 1.

Survivors include the wife, Mrs. Lyla[Lola] Mimms; three sons, Jerry Eugene, Donald Lee and Jacky Shelby; a daughter, Carolyn; two brothers, Ray Mimms of Stockton, Calif., and O.M. Mimms of Ralls; and five sisters, Mrs. O.E. Minix of Spur, Mrs. Herman Folley and Mrs. Ozilla Lee Both of Stockton, Calif. and Mrs. J.D. Graham of Dickens.

The body will remain in Marr Funeral home until Saturday afternoon awaiting the arrival of relatives. It will be taken to Dickens for burial with Marr funeral home directing.

From Ralls Historical Museum Records, December 1949
Submitted by Grace Ashley

Services Held Saturday for Robt. L. Mimms

Funeral services for Robert Lee Mimms, 56-year old farmer of the Robertson community who died at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Crosbyton Clinic hospital, were held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Dickens high school auditorium. H.L. Dennis, minister of the Crosbyton Church of Christ and R.N. Stark, Lorenzo minister, officiated. Burial was in the Dickens cemetery.

Mr. Mimms was critically injuried in an automobile accident west of Ralls Dec. 1, and never regained consciousness. He had been a resident of the Robertson community for the past two years, moving there from dickens.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, Jerry Eugene, Donald Lee and Jacky; a daughter, Carolyn; two brothers, Ray of Stockton, Calif.; and O.M. of Ralls; and four sisters, Mrs. O.E. Minix of Spur, Mrs. Harmon Folley and Mrs. Ozella Smith, both of Stockton Calif., and J.D. Graham of Dickens.

Pallbearers were E.J. Nichols and Jack Gibson of Dickens, E.S. Lee of Spur, R.L. Kidd of Ralls, Troy Andrews and C.A. Buffington of Lorenzo.

The Crosbyton Review, Thursday, December 15, 1949


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