Beatrice Gilmer Mills, 88, of Christiansburg departed this life Tuesday morning, November 4, 2008 at Highland Ridge Health and Rehab. Center in Dublin after a long illness. She was born in Giles County on December 4, 1919. “Bea” was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother and was a talented gospel vocalist and pianist bringing joy and the movement of the Holy Spirit in her ministry and worked many years in the Gospel services with her evangelist mother. She had been a member of Bethel Chapel at Clendennin when she was younger and in later years Pilot Pentecostal Holiness Church and Oak Grove Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elliott H. and Effie Kingrea Gilmer, her step-father Joe Deaton, her sons E. Franklin “Buddy” Mills and Ralph Gilmer Mills, her husband Walter C. Mills, and her brother Earl M. Gilmer.
She leaves to cherish her memory a son Walter M. Mills and Audrey of Christiansburg; a daughter Dwen Lilly and Carry of Christiansburg; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday morning at 11:00 AM in the Kendall Funeral Home at 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke with Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery at Christiansburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6 to 8 PM. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.