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Prominent educator, coach, Dr. Lu David Wims dies

9/19/2013, 10:19 a.m.
Funeral services were held for Dr. Lu David Wims, prominent administrator, professor educator and coach, at St. John A.M.E. Church, ...

Funeral services were held for Dr. Lu David Wims, prominent administrator, professor educator and coach, at St. John A.M.E. Church, where he was a longtime, active member. Pastor Henry F. Curtis, IV presided.

Program participants included Renee Humphrey, Janice M. Wood, Thomas Snyder, April Porter, Jasmine Primous and David Wims, Esq.

Music was provided by the St. John Choir and soloist Megan Jones-Turner.

Lu D. Wims departed this life on Saturday August 31, at Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Dr. Wims was born April 30, 1938 in Marion, AL. His parents, Willie and Alease Wims, moved to Akron, OH, when he was three. He graduated from Akron South High School, where he was a scholar and athlete.

Dr. Wims married Linda Wood Wims of Cleveland, OH, in 1966 at St. John A.M.E. Church in Cleveland. They were married for almost 47 years, and two children were born to the couple, Julie Wims Primous of Cleveland (deceased) and David C. Wims, Esq. of Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Wims was a prominent, career educator and served as Administrator, Coach and Professor at many colleges and universities, including but not limited to Central State University (OH), Winston-Salem State University (NC) and the College of Wooster (OH). At Central State, Dr. Wims served as Athletic Director, Head Basketball Coach and Professor. He was an Assistant Coach to the legendary Clarence "Big House" Gaines, Professor and Chairman of the Physical Education Department at Winston-Salem State. At the College of Wooster, he was Head Basketball Coach and Professor.

Dr. Wims earned his Bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster, class of 1961. He earned a Master's degree from Kent State University (OH) and a PhD from the Ohio State University.

Dr. Wims was an outstanding athlete in high school and college. He is arguably the greatest athlete in the history of the College of Wooster, and was inducted into both the Summit County (OH) Sports Hall of Fame and the "W" Association, which is the College of Wooster's athletic Hall of Fame. Lu is the only athlete in the College of Wooster’s history to earn 12 varsity letters in four years, and he still holds the school's all-time records in shot put and discus.

Dr. Wims was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Julie; sisters, Sarah Wims Lindsey, Louise Looney and Mary Robinson. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Linda, and son, David; sisters, Sudie Glover and Rose Porter; brothers, Willie Wims, Jr. and Allie Wims; grandchildren, Jasmine and Justin Primous; great-grandchild, Naila Primous and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, former students and team members.

Internment was at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.

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