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JAMES DAVID MILLS James David Mills II, a true family man, an elder in the Burgaw Presbyterian Church, a decorated Navy veteran, a life-long contributor to the community and a masterful story teller, died on Saturday May 11, 2013, at his home in Burgaw. Jay Mills, 88, lived a full and varied life. Born Feb. 27, 1925 in Wadesboro, N.C., a son of Fred Moore and Zeta Fetzer Mills, he was a graduate of the University of North Carolina, a co-owner of H & P Wood Turnings and Burgaw Lumber Company, served in both World War II and the Korean War and was a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Foundation. Mr. Mills had finished his second tour in the U.S. Navy when he met Dorothy Hood in 1954 through the choir at the First Presbyterian Church in Wadesboro. They were married for 57 years, and were together in almost everything they did, from fishing, boating and playing bridge to serving in the Red Cross and working on church projects. Mr. Mills loved telling stories to friends and family, especially his children and grandchildren. Some of his favorites were about life in coastal North Carolina, his upbringing on a peach farm, his stints as a banker and a car salesman, the war years and the history of this state. Two years ago, as a former radioman first class, he traveled to the nation's capital on the last military Honor Flight from Wilmington. Right up through his final weeks, Mr. Mills could recall the full names and the smallest details from nine decades earlier. He loved books, magazines and the newspaper, which he read from front to back every day because, he said, he didn't want to miss a thing. In addition to his wife, Mr. Mills is survived by his three children, Beverly Mills Gyllenhaal (Anders) of Washington, D.C., Louanne Mills Bisel (Fred) of Charleston, S.C., and James David Mills III (Mechelle) of Rocky Point/Burgaw; one sister, Lomie Lou Cooke of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; a brother, F. Fetzer Mills of Wadesboro, N.C.; and five grandchildren, Sam, Grey, Trace, Eden and Jade (James David Mills IV). Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Tuesday May 14, 2013 at the Burgaw Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Roy Brewton and the Reverend Dr. Ray Mendenhall will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at 9:45 AM Tuesday prior to the service in the John Rivenbark Pavilion at Burgaw Presbyterian Church. On-line condolences may expressed at The family asks that memorials be made to the Burgaw Presbyterian Church, Post Office Box 565, 200 East Fremont St., Burgaw, N.C., 28425, or Friends of Camp Kirkwood 265 Racine Dr. Suite 203 Wilmington, NC 28403 A service of Harrell's Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Burgaw.
Funeral Home
Harrell's Funeral Home and Cremation Service - Burgaw
212 S. Dickerson Street PO Box 235
Burgaw, NC 28425
(910) 259-2136
Published in the Wilmington Star-News from May 13 to May 14, 2013
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