William Mims Eubank
January 2, 1931 - June 6, 2000
by his sister Iris Teta
Mims Eubank, "Bill" 1988
in his office on North Broadway, Knoxville
He was always the businessman.
We had a small apple orchard in a side yard at our house in town. In autumn the apples would be good'n red and ripe and Mims would fill the red wagon full. He'd enlist younger brother George to pull the wagon. George let Mims know that he wasn't going to go knock on anybody's door and ask them if they wanted to buy some apples. But that was Mims's specialty - to approach the "stranger" . . .
Our House in Town
. . . well, most people in the neighborhood knew Mims and George, "you're Bill Eubank's boys." Mims had the best pitch a businessman could have - he really was interested and enjoyed talking to his clients, all through his life. He loved their stories, and always had one of his own ready in answer. He and brother George would always come home from the apple excursions with an empty wagon and a few coins in their pockets.
Mims is on the right in this family portrait, with big sister Betty Jean and little brother George.
Mims was age nine when our Uncle George Hoblitzell set him up in his first real business, selling candy, chips, and drinks at the Extract Plant, from a little snack booth that Uncle George had built for his son Billy some years before. During lunch and breaks, Mims would pull his cart among the workers who would easily pay a nickel for a candy bar or a bottle of Coca-Cola.
War Bond Salesman
During the years of World War II, Mims, below at age 12, was an avid War Bond salesman in his class at school. He was top salesman in his elementary school and sent a card to President Roosevelt telling him all about it. Mims received a nice note of recognition from President Roosevelt through the president's private secretary, Grace Tully. (below)
With the help of Grandmother Eubank, about this time too, he started a stamp and coin collection, which eventually over the years grew into his long career as a coin investment broker.
He bought a furniture store on Main Street in a small town and built a nice auction business in the area. Yet, he lived for chances to speed away in the boat from his dock on the lake and have a day of fishing with Daddy or Uncle Jim, or any of his numerous friends.
His fishing days were becoming fewer and fewer, though, as the investment business prospered. He sold his store and business in the little town and opened an office in Knoxville. He married Sheila, who would later help him in the estate appraisal business. (Sheila took the photo, above, of Bill in his office.) They had a beautiful daughter, Jennifer, a graduate of the Webb School in Knoxville and the University of Tennessee, summa cum laude. She and husband Stephen have a son Draven Mims.
On the morning of June 6, 2000, Mims was at work on an estate appraisal in his office when he collapsed and died within the hour. He is interred in a mausoleum in Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville.
Copyright © Iris Teta Eubank Wagner 2014