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Virginia Lee Ray "Bird" Millard (1920 - 2012)

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Virginia Lee Ray

"Bird" Millard

Asheville - Virginia Lee Ray "Bird" Millard, 92, of Asheville, died on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at Flesher's Fairview Healthcare Center.

A native of Haywood Co., Mrs. Millard was a daughter of the late Thomas Roland and Anna Dee Birchfield Ray. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Arthur Millard, Sr.; children Selina Dale Millard and Cynthia Dianne Millard Taylor; and siblings Ruby Warren, Catherine Ammons, Bobbi Campbell, Joyce Warren, Jane Ray, and Tommy Ray.

Mrs. Millard worked for the American Enka Corp. for 23 years. She previously attended Sand Hill Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. Most recently she was a member of Oakley Baptist Church, where she taught the Golden Circle Sunday School class, and led the prayer warrior team.

Mrs. Millard is survived by her daughter Virginia Sue Banks, of Asheville; son Thomas A. Millard, Jr. and his wife, Patricia, of Virginia; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; sisters Gladys Davis of SC, and Geraldine Holland of Newbern, NC; brothers Bud Ray and Charles Ray, both of Canton, and Jerry Ray of Waynesville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service for Mrs. Millard will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Pierce officiating. Interment will follow at Pisgah View Memorial Park.

Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Employee Appreciation Fund at Fleshers Fairview Healthcare Center, 3016 Cane Creek Rd., P.O. Box 1160, Fairview, NC 28730.

The online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Nov. 13, 2012
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