Charles Mills 1939-2018

Funeral services for Charles Curtis Mills, 79, of Van, were held Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church in Edgewood. Burial followed at Haven of Memories in Canton. Services were under the direction of Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home.

He was born Jan. 1, 1939, in Houston, to parents, Howard Curtis Mills and Sydney Laverne Moon.

He was raised in Channelview and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown.

After high school, he attended Texas A&M University in College Station until being drafted in 1962. He served in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Polk in Leesville, La.

He married Norma Mills and she preceded him in death in 2004. He later married Bobbie Nadine Gray in Wills Point in 2006, and they lived in Grand Saline before moving to Van to make their home.

He was a quality control supervisor in the steel industry working for ARMCO Steel, retiring in 1985.

After retirement, he worked for Ensco Steel in Louisiana. He was a member of Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church in Edgewood and also a member of the Terry Hale Sunday school class.

He was a Mason for 60 years, a member of the Artesia Masonic Lodge No. 406 in Terrell and a past Grand Master. He was a member of the Shrine for 50 years and affiliated with Shriner Hella Temple of Garland. He was also a member of Rollin’ Nobles and served as President.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Sydney Mills of Blanco, and two nieces, Lisa Rodrick and Sarah Rodrick of Channelview, and former wife, Norma Mills, of Wills Point.

He is survived by his wife, Nadine Gray Mills of Van; three sons, Bret Mills and wife, Renee and Bart Mills, all of Jackson, Tenn., and Craig Mills of Flatwoods, La..; step-daughter, Trish Elliott and husband, Tom; step-son, Ronnie Gray and wife, Jill; two sisters, Barbara Coffey of Aurora, Colo. and Judy Rodrick and husband, Kenneth, of Mt. Bellview; two nephews, Randy Rodrick and wife, Ruby, of Livingston, and Scott Coffey of San Antonio; two nieces, Saundra Nichols of Austin and Crystal Wilcox and husband, Chris, of Denton; two great nephews, Ryan Parrish of Frisco and Christopher Parrish of Humble; seven grandchildren, Ashley Tieman and husband, Nicholas, of Bartlett, Tenn., Chris Mills and wife, DeAnn, of Salem, Oreg., Susan Tuders and husband Rusty, of Jackson, Tenn., Andrew Mills and wife, Jessica, of Santa Fe, Brittany Mills of Santa Fe, Courtney Mills of Fremont, Neb., and Blake Mills of Alexandria, La..; five great-grandchildren, Christopher and Natalie Tieman, Hailey Mills, Grace Mills, and Lucy Tuders; three step-granddaughters, Cassie Mason and husband, Dusty, Callie Haggard and husband, Curtis and Blair Perry; step-great grandsons, Jackson, Judson and P.K. Haggard, Parker, Carter and Asher Mason and Breckin Perry; and step-great granddaughter Brele Perry. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church for a structural improvement project that is ongoing or to your favorite charity.