James Wiley Mills, Sr.
November 6, 1930 – February 3, 2020
SANFORD – James Wiley Mills, Sr., 89, made his ascension to Glory on Monday. James was born in Franklin Co., VA to the late Admiral Dewey and Bernice Privette Mills. He served his community throughout the years as former Manager or Asst. Manager of the Town of Wendell, Franklin, Lee and Wake Counties. James was also a life-long member of the Wendell Lions Club. He was a deacon, choir member and served in various other offices in churches he attended. James was a member of a quartet. James is preceded in death by a son, James W. Mills, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Jo Buchanan Mills; sons, John R. Mills (Carla) of Wake Forest and Joseph D. Mills (Karen) of Raleigh; daughter-in-law, Sarah Beth Mills of Raleigh; grandchildren, James W. Mills III (Ashley), Sarah Grace Mills, Benjamin D.Mills, Megan Elizabeth Mills, Joshua R. Mills (Rebekah) and Christopher A. Mills and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to your local Lions Club, or UNC Hospice
Memorial Service, 2 pm, Saturday, February 15, Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell with visitation from 1-2 pm, prior to the service. Inurnment will follow in Greenmount Cemetery, Wendell. www.stricklandfuneral.com
The family would like to thank the staff and employees of Parkview Retirement, UNC Hospice, Dr. John Mangum and Dr. Michael Gillespie.