Joe Dennie Mills, 82, of Brazil, passed away on August 20, 2015 at his residence with his family by his side.
Joe was born January 6, 1933 in Van Buren County Tennessee, the son of the late William Joe Dennie and Lena (Keyt) Mills. He graduated from Spencer High School in Tennessee. Joe married the love of his life Beverly Jane Medaugh on December 7, 1951. He worked at Columbia House in the print shop for thirty years until he retired in 1995. In the past, he also worked at Nance’s Creamery and Arketex.
Joe was a member of the First Baptist Church in Brazil and was a past member of the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, squirrel hunting, being outdoors and going on family vacations. Joe was a self-taught musician. He was the lead singer and lead guitar player of the Eel River Rockabillies amongst other bands for over twenty years. He was known for his wonderful country voice. Joe never found an instrument that he couldn’t master in a short period of time.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Laura Mae Binckley, Lillian George, and his baby sister, Lucille Mills.
Joe is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Beverly Mills; daughter, DeAnne Griffin (Steve); son, Dan Mills (Cathy); grandchildren, Lisa Chadd (Dan), Amy Conville (Christian), Scott Griffin (Jessi), Leslie Bosworth (Jake), Stacey Orman (Ryan); great grandchildren, Camden Chadd, Carson Chadd, Cale Chadd, Griffin Conville, Fletcher Conville, Kallie Griffin, Chad Bosworth, Devyn Orman, Parker Jordan, and a baby girl due in September; sisters, Helen Bond (Jimmy), Louise Fisher; special nephew, Larry Davis; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Services will be Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 1 p.m. at French Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Bee Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4 pm until 8 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clay County Humane Society, 8280 N County Rd 125 W, Brazil, IN 47834. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.