Earl 'Doc' Mills

Jul 29, 2014

1933 — 2014

WAYNESVILLE — Wilburn Earl “Doc” Mills, 80, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at his residence.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late John Millard and Burlie Medford Mills.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Almarie Campbell. He retired from American Enka Corp. in 1996 with 39 years of service.  Earl enjoyed spending time in the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter.  He will especially be remembered for his great sense of humor and his delicious homemade fresh apple cakes and peach tortes. Most of all, he had a special love for his family, who will cherish his legacy.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Peggy Carver Mills; a daughter, Earlene M. Moore and husband, Kevin, of Canton; two sisters, Betty Jenkins and Helen Mills, both of Waynesville; three brothers, Ralph Mills and wife, Barbara, Ray Mills and wife, Lois, all of Waynesville, and Lowell Mills and wife, Elaine, of South Carolina; a brother-in-law, Don Campbell, of Waynesville; three grandchildren, Steven Moore and wife, Amber, Whitney Lackovic and husband, Greg, and Lindsay Hatherlee and  husband, Justin; two great-grandchildren, Jack Lackovic and Ian Hatherlee; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. J. Zachery Christy officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 4 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Plains United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 395 Oakmont Drive, Canton, NC  28716.

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.