Born 10-6-1955 -- Died 2-28-2005
Sylvester Gene Mills, 49, of Batesville, Ark., died Feb. 28, 2005, at his home.
Born Oct. 6, 1955, at Hughes, Ark., he was the son of Allen and Bertha-Rankins Mills. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church at Mt. Pleasant.
Survivors include his wife, Shannon Mills of the home; his mother, Bertha Mills of Forrest City; a son, Michael Mills of Dallas; two daughters, Takiesa Smith and Tia Smith, both of Batesville; nine brothers -- A.J. Mills, Andy Mills, Freddy Mills, Robert Mills, Cleotis Mills, Donald Ray Mills and David Mills, all of Syracuse, N.Y., James Mills of Forrest City, and Theodis Mills of Batesville; four sisters -- Charlene Thompson and Bertha Mills, both of Madison, Cheryl Green and Allene Mills, both of Forrest City; a grandson, Jathan Mills of Cherokee Village; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, Jimmy Mills and a sister, Elizabeth Mills.
The funeral was March 5 at Riverside Baptist Church in Widener with Marlon Brown officiating. Burial followed in Casteel Cemetery at Forrest City with arrangements by Qualls Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers were family and friends. Honorary pallbearers were his brother and his son.