Virginia Millard

Nov 12, 2012

Haywood Native

ASHEVILLE — Virgina Lee Ray “Bird” Millard, 92, of Asheville, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Flesher's Fairview Healthcare Center.

A native of Haywood County, Mrs. Millard was a daughter of the late Thomas Roland and Anna Dee Birchfield Ray. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Arthur Millard Sr.; children Selina Dale Millard and Cynthia Dianne Millard Taylor; and siblings Ruby Warren, Catherine Ammons, Bobbi Campbell, Joyce Warren, Jane Ray and Tommy Ray.

Mrs. Millard worked for the American Enka Corp. for 23 years. She previously attended Sand Hill Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. Most recently she was a member of Oakley Baptist Church, where she taught the Golden Circle Sunday school class, and led the prayer warrior team.

Mrs. Millard is survived by her daughter Virginia Sue Banks, of Asheville; son Thomas A. Millard Jr., and his wife, Patricia, of Virginia; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; sisters Gladys Davis, of South Carolina, and Geraldine Holland of Newbern; brothers Bud Ray and Charles Ray, both of Canton, and Jerry Ray, of Waynesville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service for Mrs. Millard will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Pierce officiating. Interment will follow at Pisgah View Memorial Park.

Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Employee Appreciation Fund at Fleshers Fairview Healthcare Center, 3016 Cane Creek Road, PO Box 1160, Fairview, NC 28730.

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