Leon C. Mills Leon Carlyle Mills, 87, of Ruckersville, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He lived for the past six years in Greene County, prior to that he was a 40 year resident of Fredericksburg. Mr. Mills was a member of Stanardsville United Methodist Church. He was a very active member of the Elks Lodge #875 in Fredericksburg. He was also a member of the VFW, Knights of Pythias, Eagles and the World War II 754th Field Artillery Battallion Group. Mr. Mills was a United States Army veteran having served during World War II, receiving the American Theater Ribbon, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, the World War II Victory Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal. In 1969, he received a Department of the Army commendation for the invention of brackets for elevator dispatch buttons. Mr. Mills was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a fan of the Redskins and a life-long die-hard Democrat who enjoyed aggravating his conservative friends. Survivors include his children, Maggie Shelton and her husband, Charles, Leon C. Mills Jr. and his wife, Debbie, Julian Jackson Mills, Anita Mills Schwartz and her husband, David, and Matthew J. Mills and his wife, Linda; his first wife and mother of his six children, Margaret Peck Mills; sister, Nancy Chaney; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
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He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Dempsey Mills; daughter, Grace Louise Silver-Stiers; and stepson, John Frederick Mills. The family received friends from 9 until 10 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2012, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Al Tripp, Matt Mills, Matthew Mills Jr., Charles Shelton, Leon Mills Jr. and Dave Schwartz.
Memorials may be made in his name to Stanardsville United Methodist Church, 25 Court Street, Stanardsville, VA 22973. Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.
Published in Greene News on May 3, 2012