James Louis Mize, of Lawrenceville and former resident of Madison, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2013, with his daughter and family at his side.
He is the loving husband of Sarah Elizabeth Thompson Mize, his high school sweetheart, to whom he was married for sixty and a half years, and loving father to daughter, Pamela Arleen Mize.
Mr. Mize was born November 8, 1930, in Cornelia, to the late Louis Edgar and Harriett Louella Mize. One of two children, the family moved to Madison, when he was very young where his dad bought his first farm and where Mr. Mize continued to work and keep the family farm going.
He was so proud of his parents and what they had accomplished in their lifetime, and like his father, just wanted to be remembered as a “good man”.
Mr. Mize was preceded in death by his wife and first love of his life, Sarah Elizabeth Thompson Mize; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Edgar Mize; and his sister, Mary Louise Fleming. Mr. Mize is survived by the second love of his life, his daughter, Pamela; nieces and nephews: Mrs. Mary Jean Wilson (James), Mrs. Laurie Ramsey (Jimmy), Ms. Joan Youngblood, Mr. Benson Dial (Pat), Mr. Sanford Worley (Sue), Mr. Charles Worley (Janet), Mr. Terry Bryant (Joellen), Mrs. Dianne McWhorter (Larry), Mr. David Thompson (Diane), Mr. Tommy Thompson (Susan), Mr. Phillip Thompson (Linda), Mrs. Rhonda Redden (Alex), Mrs. Michelle Whiteside (Billy), Mrs. Sherry Wade, Mr. Mike Fleming, sister In law; Mrs. Gloria Thompson and many great and great great nieces and nephews.
A 1947 graduate of Madison High School, Mr. Mize worked for Mr. Bud Arthur at his Texaco Service Station in Madison and also for Universal Furniture where his mother had worked for years.
On September 15, 1950, he wed his high school sweetheart, Sarah Elizabeth Thompson, at the First Baptist Church of Madison.
After the Korean War began, he was drafted into the Army Corps of Engineers and served in Korea for over two years…returning in April of 1953. When he returned, he went to work for AC-Delco, Division of General Motors in July of that year. He remained with AC-Delco until his retirement in November of 1986 with 33 years of service.
During his time with AC-Delco, he was transferred to Littleton, Colorado for three years in the early 1970s and then back to Atlanta in 1974 where they built a home in Lawrenceville and lived there with his family for 38 years. After retirement, he and Sarah became part-time farmers on a family farm he inherited from his father in Morgan County.
Mr. Mize loved cars…in particular, restoring antique cars, history, music from the 1940’s era, talking to old friends, getting together annually with friends of the Class of 1947 Reunions and surrounding classes, a good laugh and listening to Sarah play piano and sing.
He and his childhood best friend, Mr. Grayson White, loved to sit and talk about cars and the old days from school. Mr. White would come over and they would reminisce for hours over the old times and telling stories from their school years and looking at old pictures.
Mr. Mize served on the committee for the “Morgan County, Georgia Heritage 1807-1997” history book. Having grown up in Madison and proud of where he was from, he encouraged his friends and family to send in their pictures and articles for the book so that their family would be marked in history and younger generations could read about their ancestor’s years later.
Another passion was attending the University of Georgia football games each year in the fall, as he and Sarah had gone to all the home games in Athens since 1968. With the exception of living in Colorado, Sarah and Louis never missed any home games nor any Georgia-Florida games up until 2009. In 1991, their daughter Pam joined them in attending the games.
Always remaining dedicated to the service and honor of his country, Mr. Mize was one of the founding contributors to the Korean War Memorial and WWII Memorial in Washington D.C., a member of the VFW and American Legion, a founding sponsor for the National Museum of the U.S. Army, as well as many other related organizations.
He was never prouder then when he and Sarah took a trip up to visit the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. after its completion. In October of 1995 on their way to one of his Korean War (Corps of Engineers) reunions in Virginia Beach, Virginia, they stopped to see the new memorial and as they were walking around, he said Sarah began to cry and when he asked her why, she said it was just such a moving site to see and she was remembering the times while he was overseas.
During the funeral service, his niece, Mrs. Laurie Ramsey played beautifully, several requests from his daughter, and included one of her Uncle Louis’ favorites, Battle Hymn of the Republic, which she played for him as he and his family exited the chapel.
She also played, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, which was a favorite that Sarah sang at their high school graduation, and Sweet Hour of Prayer that she often sang at church functions in Monroe and Madison.
Pall Bearers for their Uncle Louis were, Mr. Benson Dial, Mr. James K. Wilson, Mr. Terry Bryant, Mr. Sanford L. Worley, Mr. Charles E. Worley Jr, Mr. J.B. Dial, Mr. Ricky Gray, Mr. Greg Mote, Mr. Robbie Gray and Mr. Ben Gray.
Afterwards friends and family gathered at the lovely home of his niece, Ms. Joan Youngblood.
The funeral service was held at A.E. Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Madison on November 29, 2013, with Reverend Tom Duff officiating.
The burial service was held immediately following at Madison Memorial Park…where his military flag was presented to his daughter, Pamela, in honor, recognition and appreciation of his military service in the Korean War.
Now that Louis is again with his Sarah, they will both always remain…Forever In Our Hearts.