Annalisa Stokely ‘Lisa’ Mims Cope, 54, died Sunday, February
3, 2013, at her lakeside home in Dandridge, Tennessee, following several months
of declining health.
She was born in Newport on December 10, 1958, second of
three children of William Ernest ‘Bud’ and Charlotte Nan (Jones) Mims.
She attended Newport Grammar School and graduated from Cocke
County High School in 1976.
She attended the University of Tampa for one year and then
transferred to Florida State University in Tallahassee. At both schools she was
a competitive water skier, and her photo once appeared on the cover of Water
Ski, an international magazine. Her photo also appeared in ads for Evinrude.
Following her graduation from college, she coached the water
skiing team at Florida Southern College, a group which won a national
championship in the early 1980s.
After returning to Cocke County, she first worked as a
traveling physical education teacher for the Cocke County School System,
dividing her time between Centerview and Northwest Elementary Schools.
She later taught girls’ physical education at Cocke County
High School for several years, where she also coached the high school girls’
In 2000, she was instrumental in the organization of the
annual CCHS Spring Fling, an intramural celebration of talent and competitive
games established by the CCHS Beta Club. Over the years, the event has raised
thousands of dollars that has been given to local charities.
In addition to her work at school, she also taught tennis
and water skiing.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, the
William Cocke Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, and First Families
She was preceded in death by her husband Scott Cope; father
William Ernest ‘Bud’ Mims, brother William Fred Mims, grandparents J. Fred and
Elizabeth (Stokely) Jones, Ernest Mims, and Anna Roe (Driskill) Mims, and uncle
James ‘Jim’ Burnett.
She is survived by her mother Charlotte J. Mims, sister
Shari (Mims) Perryman and husband David, nieces Lia and Alayna Perryman and
nephew Will ‘Bud’ Perryman, all of Newport; sister-in-law Theresa Mims of
Dandridge; niece Heather (Mims) York and husband James of Madisonville, TN;
aunt Sally (Mims) Burnett of Newport; and cousins the Jimmy Burnett family of
Brentwood, the Anne Burnett Young family of Knoxville, the Donald Hugh Jones
family of Newport, and the Judy Griffin Freeman family of Cookeville.
Additional survivors include special friends and caregivers
Pat and Butch Graham of Dandridge, Terry Taylor of Newport, and Alice Cureton
Prisk of Knoxville. She will also be missed by numerous additional cousins and
a host of friends.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 6, 2013,
from 5:00—7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. A memorial service will
follow at 7:00 p.m. led by the Rev. Rick Spell and the Rev. Marta Cogburn.
Memorial gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church,
212 Washington Avenue, Newport, TN 37821 or to Newport Animal Shelter, 420
Humane Way, Newport, TN 37821.
Family and friends may sign the guest register online at www.manesfuneralhome.com.
Manes Funeral Home in charge