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Mr. Daniel Fountain Wims
November 12, 1937 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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On Thursday, January 18, 2024, at 4:15 p.m., surrounded by love, Mr. Fountain B. Wims, affectionately known as “The Cowboy,” transitioned from an extraordinary life as a family man, educator, community leader, scholar, businessman, and farmer.
He was born on November 12, 1937, in Hilton, Ga., the fourth of Daniel and Mamie Lee Everette Wims five children. He dedicated his life to Christ at an early age and completed his formative education in public schools in Blakely, Georgia, graduating from Washington High School in 1956.
He went on to attend Albany State College, where he majored in Health and Physical Education, graduating in 1960. While there, he was active in the National Education Association, the Young Men’s Christian Association, and a member of the Chi Epsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the ASC track and basketball teams. He continued on at ASC, earning Master’s of Science degrees in Health and Physical Education, as well as Social Studies. In addition, he earned a third Master’s of Science degree in Education Administration from Tuskegee Institute (University), and an Education Specialist degree in Education Administration from Georgia State University.. He served in the United States Army for six years, rising to the rank of Specialist.
He began his career in education in the Webster County School system in 1960, before moving to Stewart County, where he served as teacher, coach and Stewart-Quitman High School principal, as well as the first African American Superintendent of the County, all throughout a career that spanned forty years.
His philosophy as an educator was “If you do better, life will be better.” His tenacious passion and selfless commitment to his students’ success in school and in life left an indelible mark on the hearts of thousands of children. He encouraged his students not to allow their current circumstances to keep them from believing in their own capacity to make a difference in the world.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings: Solsteen; Everette Wims Langdon, and Marion Atkins Wims. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of sixty-one years, Cathryne Collier Wims; his beloved children, Dianne Lynette Williams (Tracy), Daniel K. (Daphne), DaiShawn Kelley, Danton Kraig, and Anthony Tyrone Turner; two grandchildren, Tellas and Kacy Murrell; his sister, Willowdean Wims Powell; two sisters-in-law, Mary Collier and Bettye Payne, and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends