William Edward ”Pa” Mills, son of late James Edward Mills and Roberta Hedgepeth Mills, was born on August 8, 1954, in Halifax County, North Carolina. He departed this earthly life at his home in the Arcola community of Warren County, North Carolina on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
He professed his faith in the Lord and joined Ivory Hill Baptist Church in Enfield, North Carolina, at an early age. Later, he attended Emanuel Church of Deliverance in Enfield, North Carolina.
” Edward”, as he was affectionately called by many, attended Halifax County Public Schools and graduated in May 1972. After serving his country in the United States Army, he became employed by Texfi Industries in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, for over eighteen years. He later went to work at Abbotts Laboratories also in Rocky Mount.
He was united in Holy matrimony to the love of his life, Bettie Lee West, on June 26, 1976, and to this union they were blessed with three beautiful daughters. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and brother-in-law. He was a friend to all and loved by many.
Those left to cherish his precious memories are his loving wife, Bettie Lee West Mills of the home; three daughters, Shaneka Mills of Groove Hill, NC, Yateme Mills of Hollister, NC, and Bakema Mills of the home; five grandkids, Sha’Chrisa, Malik, Yania, Tra, and Jay; five brothers, Sidney Ray Mills of Enfield, NC, James Mills Jr. of Spring Hope, NC, Roger Lee Mills (Janice) and Larry Mills all of Enfield, NC, and Calvin Mitchell Mills (Sharon) of Middlesex, NC; a niece and nephew reared in the home,Gwendolyn Mills of Rocky Mount, NC, and Leonard Mills (Adriene) of Enfield, NC; one sister-in-law, Freda Macon (Donald) of Yonkers, NY; three brothers-in-law: William West (Katie), Edward West (Teresa), and Sterling West Jr. all of Hollister, NC; and a host of many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at the White Rock Baptist Church, 1775 Porter Road, Hollister, NC. Rev. Isham Spann will eulogize and the burial will follow in the West-Mills Family Cemetery in Hollister, NC. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the funeral home.