Billy Edward Mills

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    Billy Edward Mills, 90, of Murphy, passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at his residence.
    He was a native and lifetime resident of Murphy.
    Ed was a World War II veteran in the United States Navy, serving on the USS Randolph. He then re-enlisted with the Air Force and was also a Korean War veteran.
    Ed worked as a cutting room supervisor with several local textile manufacturing companies. He later worked as a maintenance foreman with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, retiring in 1994.
    Ed was a member of Grandview Baptist Church.
    He enjoyed working on his farm, woodworking, fishing and reading. Ed loved his family.
    He was the son of the late Maynard Edward and Lula Hall Mills, and husband of the late Irene Jones Mills, who died June 18, 2003. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Lula Bell Ladig, Tommie Revis and Jean Dockery; a brother, Clyde Mills; and a son-in-law, Johnny Rowland.
    Surviving are a daughter, Betty Jean “B.J.” Mills Thompson of Murphy; a son, Richard E. Mills and wife Beckie of Hazel Green, Ala.; a sister, Mary M. Cousins of Sarasota, Fla.; a brother, Maynard Jack Mills and wife Frances of Oklahoma City, Okla.; six grandchildren, Brandon Mills and wife Hollie of Fayetteville, Tenn., Jessica Hood and husband John of Raleigh, Erica Sickler and husband Billy of Athens, Ala., Stephanie Godfrey and husband Ross of Toney, Ala., Chris Thompson of Murphy, Michael Thompson and wife Elizabeth of Titusville, Fla.; 10 great-grandchildren and another great-granddaughter any day; and many nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, with the Rev. Steve West officiating. The interment will be in Hanging Dog Baptist Church Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Murphy American Legion Post 96, Hayesville VFW Post 6812 and Hayesville American Legion Post 532. Pallbearers will be Brandon Mills,
Billy Sickler, Justin Mills, Chris Thompson and John Hood.
    The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Billy Edward Mills to Murphy American Legion Post 96, P.O. Box 712, Murphy, NC 28906; or Friends of Harshaw Chapel, c/o Murphy First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 86, Murphy, NC 28906.
    Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, is in charge of all arrangements.
    An online guest register is available at

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