Celebrating the life of

Melinda Mims Deriso

Passed away on April 04, 2020

Melinda Mims Deriso

Melinda Mims Deriso, 76, of Athens, GA passed away peacefully at Legacy at Savannah Quarters in Savannah, Georgia on Friday April 3,2020.

 Mrs. Deriso was born to William Freeman and Dean Nowell Mims on January 6, 1944 in Athens, GA.  She attended High School at Jonesboro High School in Jonesboro, GA, and then enrolled at the University of Georgia where she received her Degree in Journalism and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.  Mrs. Deriso enjoyed a long and successful career as a real estate agent for Long & Foster in Alexandria, VA as well as Coldwell Banker-Upchurch Realty in Athens, GA, and she also served as a member of the Savannah Historic Society and the Historic Savannah Review Board.

 She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Dana Lee Deriso.  She is survived by her daughter Mindy Deriso Allen (Haddon) of Daniel Island, SC, her son William Mims Deriso of Savannah, GA, and four Grandchildren, Elizabeth Griffin Allen, Walser Haddon Allen, IV, and Dana Ellington Allen of Daniel Island, SC, and William Mims Deriso, Jr of Wilmington, NC.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. 



Mims and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. You have our love and sympathy. If here is anything we can do please call us. Jackie and Charlie

- jackie and Charlie Brown, Tybee/Metter, Ga

Janice and I send sympathy to Mims,Mindy and their extended family during their time of loss and morning. May Melinda's soul rest eternally in the bosom of Abraham.

- Tom Stevens, Roswell, ga

Our sincerest condolences to Mims and Mindy on the loss of your precious mom.We always looked forward to her visits to AUGUSTA when she would visit with Barbara Melton.I enjoyed many lunches and dinners with her.We were saddened to learn yesterday of her passing.She was a wonderful gal and a lot of fun to be with.We loved her!Please know that you and your families will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

- Gardelle Lewis, Augusta, Georgia

So sorry to hear this news. Always loved Melinda. She was always a delight to see at family reunions, laughing and leading us into some kind of mischief or another. All my sympathy to Mims and Mindy and their families. My prayers to all of you.

- Bobby Nowell, Ft. Collins, COLORADO

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel