First Posted: 4/4/2009
ARARAT Bro. Robert G. Bob Mills, 77, husband of Jackie Sams Mills, of Ararat, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Northern Hospital of Surry County. He was born March 25, 1932, in Surry County to the late Ellis W. Mills and Stella Forkner Mills. He worked as a farmer, craftsman, salesman and was cofounder and pastor for 17 years at Fellowship Baptist Church, Ararat, and Galax Friends Meeting for six years. Bob was a member of Beulahland Baptist Church. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Jackie Mills of the home; three daughters, Vickie (Bill) Murphy of Mocksville, Lydia Mills of Ararat and Julie Braswell of Ararat; three sisters, Phyllis Reeves of Pilot Mountain, Christine Shelton of Mount Airy and Joyce Robertson of Clemmons; five grandchildren, Jason (Jill) Murphy of Advance, Brian (Kala) Murphy of Mocksville, Michael Murphy of Mocksville, Pvt. Morgan McPherson, USMC of Beaufort, S.C., and Brooklyn Braswell of Ararat; one great-grandchild, Katelyn Murphy of Advance; and special friends, Kevin Stafford, Jerry Beeson, Wayne Hadsell, Ronnie Shackleford, Jimmy Lynch and a multitude of others. He was preceded in death by one sister, Edith Proctor of Summerfield. The funeral will be held Monday, April 6, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Beulahland Baptist Church with the Rev. Anthony Gordy, Bro. Don Collins, the Rev. Frank Huffman and Jerry Beeson officiating with interment to follow in the Ararat cemetery. The family will receive family and friends Sunday, April 5, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Beulahland Baptist Church and other times at the family home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030. A special thanks to WFUBMC CCU 7th Floor and Northern Hospital of Surry County Medical Surgical Staff. Cox-Needham Funeral Home of Pilot Mountain is assisting the Mills family.