The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 2, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013


Gary Ray ‘Sap’ Mills

Gary Ray “Sap” Mills, 63, of Coal City, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at his home.

Born on January 10, 1950, in Jonben, he was the son of the late Shirley G. Mills and Leona Mae Mills.

Gary was a former coal miner and construction worker for Central Atlantic and Eaton Construction.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving two tours of duty back-to-back during the Vietnam Conflict. Gary was a Staff  Sgt. In the 492nd. Replacement Detachment, and also in a medical outfit in the Beckley Active Reserves for eight years.

He was also a lifetime member of the VFW Post 4326 in Midway.

Surviving are his sisters, Barbara Benedict and her husband Mike of Louisville, Ky., Patricia Adkins and her husband Eldon of Pilot Mountain, N.C., Dianell Pack and her husband Ronald of Coal City and Gloria Mills of Columbus, Ohio. His brothers, William Mills and his wife Revonda of Pilot Mountain, N.C., and Dewayne Mills of Coal City. His companion, Eleanor Jones of Coal City, and her daughter Deanna McKinney and her husband Johnny of Beckley. His “granddaughter” Brandi Bragg and her husband Todd, a “grandson” Nicholas McKinney; two great-grandchildren, Addyson “Maymay” and Christian “Manman.” A special friend and uncle, Buddy Sexton of Jonben. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Lowell Black officiating. Burial will follow at the Thompson Cemetery at Coal City. Friends may visit with the family from noon until service time of Sunday.

Pallbearers will be Dickie Pack, Ronnie Pack, Randy Lilly, Bob McBride, Timmy McBride and Johnny McKinney. Nicholas McKinney will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lillybrook Freewill Baptist Church at Coal City, where Gary was a member. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post #32 Honor Guard.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

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