Rodney Neil Mills, 78, of Concord, went into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at home with family by his side.
Neil was born June 16, 1944, in Concord to the late Homer and Flora Ree Mills. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Mack and Roy Mills; and granddaughter, Faith Brooks.
Neil owned and operated Mills Machine Shop on Academy Avenue in Concord for 50 years. There was nothing he couldn't make or fix. Neil loved the Lord and was a member, greeter, usher and former deacon at West Concord Baptist Church. Neil was a former member of Wilmar Park Baptist Church, where he also served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Neil enjoyed treasure-hunting by metal detecting and panning for gold. He also enjoyed meeting his breakfast buddies at Bojangles, nearly every day. Most of all, Neil was a loving husband, dad, Paw Paw and uncle. His two most favorite people (Levi & Ezra) called him "Ole Paw Paw." Neil will be forever loved and dearly missed.
Survivors include beloved wife of 58 years, Danna Barrier Mills of the home; daughter, DaNeil (Robert) Brooks of Concord; granddaughter, Lora (Kyle) Thomas of Concord; great-grandsons, Levi and Ezra Thomas; and several nephews and nieces.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm, Friday, February 10, 2023, at West Concord Baptist Church, 225 Warren C. Coleman Blvd, Concord. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm, officiated by Rev. Mike Farley. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park Kannapolis in Concord.
The family respectfully requests that guests wear a mask inside the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to West Concord Baptist Church, Hospice of Cabarrus County, or Cabarrus Meals on Wheels.
Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Mills family.