School 09

James Dexter Mills, Sr.

September 8, 1933 ~ December 3, 2019 (age 86)


James D. Mills Sr, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, left this life peacefully after complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 86, on the evening of Dec 03, 2019. 

James “Jim” Mills was an native of Anson County NC and son of Kemp Mills and Vera Curlee Mills. He is preceded in death by his brother Warren Mills of Winston-Salem, NC and his sister Margaret “Marty” Mills Mabry of Wilmington, NC.

Jim was a graduate of Wadesboro Senior High School. He attended Oglethorpe University in Atlanta Ga for one year and transferred to UNC Chapel Hill and graduated in 1956.

His career in education consisted of:
1956-1958 Principal at Weldon High School in Weldon, NC
1958-1961 Instructor at the US Dependents High School in Mannheim Germany
1961-1962 National Science Foundation Scholarship attendee at UNC Chapel Hill
1962-1964 Instructor at Wadesboro Senior High School in Wadesboro, NC
1964-1980 Assistant Principal and Teacher at North Stanly High School in New London NC
1980-1985 Shop Instructor at West Stanly High School in Oakboro, NC

Following retirement he and his wife Elaine traveled and operated a small antique business for nearly 30 years.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 64 years, Elaine Morgan Mills; daughter Vera “Susie” Mills and husband Sam Disch; sons James Dexter Mills Jr, and Gregory A Mills and wife Kim; grandchildren Sam Mills and wife Kaitlan, Anne Charlotte “Charli” Mills Shelton and husband John, Kristina Mills, and Peter Mills and wife Laura Ashley.

A memorial service will be held at Hartsell Funeral Home on Sunday December 8th at 2 pm. The family will receive friends at the family home on Saturday December 7th from 2-5 pm.

Memorials to Hospice of Stanly County.

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Memorial Service
December 8, 2019

2:00 PM
Hartsell Funeral Home Albemarle
522 N Second Street
Albemarle, NC 28001

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