James Wiley Mills, Sr.

James Wiley Mills, Sr.

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.


  • Robbie Moore Posted February 8, 2020 3:18 pm

    Mary Jo and all family members, We are thinking of you and praying for you during your time of loss! Jim was a good man and he will be so missed in each of your lives, but those we love are always close in our thoughts and in our hearts. How blessed we are that our daughter married into his wonderful family. What comfort we have in knowing that Jim is whole and experiencing life at a level we can only dream about! Cherish your memories of this fine man! Frank and Robbie Moore

  • Richard and Margarita Pyles Posted February 9, 2020 1:59 pm

    Mary Jo, we are deeply saddened by the news of James passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. We hope that our Lord brings you and your family comfort and peace during this sad time.

  • Jean Green Posted February 10, 2020 8:58 am

    Mary Jo and family our thoughts and prayers for each one. Our loss is Heavens gain. May each one find peace and strength throughout this time. Much love to all..

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *