July 30, 1949 ~ February 24, 2019

Born in: Cisco, Texas
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Donald Earl Mims was born in Cisco, Texas to the late Robert Lee Mims and Blanche Christine Ware on July 30, 1949.  In late 1951, Don moved with his mother and infant sister, Eva Christine to Denver, Colorado to be close to Blanche’s mother, Geneva Coleman, and her sister, Erma Ford. Upon their arrival, they lived with Don’s Aunt Erma, her husband C. Winston Sr. and their three children, Wynnette, Jennifer & C. Winston Jr.

 

After some time in Denver, Don’s mother met and married Charles Carter and to that union, Charles Hayden & Daphne Denise were born. Don took his role as the oldest sibling quite serious; he was a very protective big brother whether his brother and sisters liked it or not.

 

Young Donald Earl accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at New Hope Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. M.C. Williams in the 1950s.  At New Hope, Don served as a junior usher, in Vacation Bible School, sang in the Angel and youth choirs and with everything else his mother could keep him active.

 

At an early age, Don took an interest in cooking.  He would hover around his grandmother, mother and aunt helping and learning how to assemble their delicious recipes.  His culinary curiosity would later pay off.

 

Don began his education at George Washington Carver Day Nursery and later studied in the Denver Public Schools system attending Whittier Elementary, Cole Junior High, Smiley Junior High and graduating from Denver East High School in the spring of 1967.  Don enlisted in the United States Air Force on May 2, 1968.  While in the Air Force, Don was able to hone his cooking interests that started at home.

 

Upon his return from the service, Don was a landscaper for the City and County of Denver.  Later, Don worked as a Chef at Coors Brewery and the Colorado School of Mines both in Golden, Colorado.  Never forgetting where it all began,

Don delighted in cooking different kinds of shrimp dishes for family functions, letting his younger relatives serve as taste testers.

 

Don was an avid motorcyclist and was a member of the JT Express Bikers Social Club. He named his bike “Silver Streak” and his biker buddies called him Chew-Chew.  Don was known for his boisterous laughter, work ethic, and his kindness.

 

Donald Earl Mims, the one and only, leaves to cherish his memory one brother, Charles Hayden Carter, one sister, Daphne Denise Carter-Adams, one sister-cousin, Jennifer (Joseph) Ford-Keel all of Denver, CO and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends

Services

Visitation: March 4, 2019 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: March 4, 2019 11:00 am

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Reception: March 4, 2019 1:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell
6601 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220


Room: Fellowship Center

Interment:

Fort Logan National Cemetery
4400 West Kenyon Avenue
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 781-0117

Room: Private Interment

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  1. 💔😢 MAY THE PEACE OF GOD REST UPON THE CARTER, FORD, AND MIMS FAMILIES. MAY WE BE COMFORTED AS WE LAY OUR BELOVED DONALD EARL MIMS TO REST.
    GOD BLESS YOU, LOVE AND PRAYERS FAMILY.
    COUSIN PAM

  2. my condolences to the family i will miss uncle don very much he always made me laugh when i was having a bad day god bless he will be very missed. thanks Denise

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