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Mr. James Angus Mills

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James Angus Mills, 65, passed away without suffering May 22, 2008, at his home in Cloudcroft. The cause of death was a blood clot in his lung.
The celebration of the life of James will be held at 8 a.m. June 6 at St. Francis de Paula, 303 Encino St., Tularosa, where he was a faithful member for the last few years. The church can be reached at 585-2793. At 2 p.m. that day, he will be laid to rest at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson Road, El Paso, Texas, which can be reached at (915) 564-0201.
James was born Dec. 13, 1942, in Memphis, Tenn. He was very proud of his Scottish heritage and considered himself a native of both Water Valley, Miss., and El Paso. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, he proudly served in both the Air Force and the Army. In 1967 he married Mary Louise Sullivan, who he met in El Paso. They remained in El Paso for approximately four years. In 1971, he moved his family to Cloudcroft, where he taught until retirement, over 40 years' service, at both the public school in Cloudcroft and New Mexico State University-Alamogordo. He held several degrees, including masters in both English and rhetoric. He also specialized in foreign languages.
Growing up in Mississippi, he developed a passion for steam locomotives and collected enough items to have his own personal museum. It was always a dream of his to be a steam locomotive engineer.
He also had a love for literature. While he admired many authors, two of his top favorites were William Shakespeare and John Steinbeck. Often he would be heard quoting Shakespeare given a particular situation where it was applicable.
He also had a deep love for music. Among his favorites were Mozart, Lawrence Welk and Glen Miller. Unknown to many, he played the instrument of the Scotts, the bagpipes.
He had one of the biggest hearts and always provided those who knew him with the true definition of selflessness. Never did he walk by someone in need without giving. Never did he turn his back on anyone, no matter what the person's circumstance or history was.
But his favorite hobby was always his family. No sacrifice was too big for his family as they were the center and focus of his life.
He loved life to its fullest, had a profound impact on many more than he realized and will be greatly missed. But the world is now a better place for having him be a part of it for 65 years.
Those left to treasure his many memories are his beloved wife, Mary (Louisa); daughter Sarah, of Las Cruces; and son Andrew and his wife Nicole, of Cloudcroft. Grandchildren include Michael, 20; Chris, 16; Zachary, 12; Tasia, 12; and Mary, 8 months.
He joined his loving son, Timothy James Mills, 1970-2005.
"And, when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of Heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun." - William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet"
We give special thanks to all those who reached out a helping hand. The family appreciates your continued prayers and support.
The Mills family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 4 to June 19, 2008
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