The Obit For Grady Mills

Grady M. Mills

The 5/21/2008

Grady M. Mills of Texarkana died Monday. Grady was born Sept. 26, 1915, in Needs Creek, to William Mathis Mills Jr. and Susan Vance Whitaker Mills. Grady was the 20th of 21 children. He came from a strong religious heritage and often said that he should have been a preacher. He married Mary Elizabeth Love on April 3, 1937.

Survivors include two daughters, Sara Margaret and Herman Barnett of Texarkana and Charlotte Mills Fant of Conway; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Greg, Leigh and Bentleigh Barnett of Dallas and Lori, Craig, Luke and Grady Mueller of Texarkana; plus a host of special nieces, nephews and friends.

He played minor league baseball for the Osceola Indians, a farm team of the St. Louis Browns, and for the St. Louis Browns organization prior to a career-ending injury in the late 1930s. Grady was a member of the Arkansas First United Methodist Church and the Wadley Auxiliary. He was retired from Federal Compress and Warehouse Company Inc.

Grady was a "people" person who loved everyone. His greatest joys were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all their friends. Grady loved the outdoors and all of God's creation.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to Arkansas First United Methodist Church, 400 E. 6th St., Texarkana, AR 71854, Needs Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Association, 237 Hwy. 287 E., Greenbrier, AR 72058, Arkansas Children's Hospital, 800 Marshall St., Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202, or the charity of your choice.

A celebration of Grady's life will be at Arkansas First United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Thursday, with the Rev. Charles Settle officiating.

Following the Texarkana service, burial will be in Needs Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Greenbrier, AR, at 3 p.m. under the direction of Texarkana Funeral Home, Texas.

Visitation will be at Texarkana Funeral Home, Texas Blvd., from 5 to 7 tonight.

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