Funeral service for Mrs. Opal Sue Mills, age 90, of Fayetteville, TN, will be conducted at 4 PM on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. David Mills officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens next to her husband, Willie Joe Mills, Jr. Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Mills.
Opal was born on December 31, 1928 in Lincoln County, TN to the late Jesse and Lila Hardin Crabtree. Opal graduated from Central High School in 1946 and then went to work for Blue Ridge Shirt Plant and S&M Manufacturing as a seamstress before retiring after 38 years of public work. Opal enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and attending yard sales and estate auctions. Her oil lamp collection included over 100 lamps. She had received over 200 ribbons from entries in the sewing and baking categories at the Lincoln County Fair and of those 200 plus ribbons were 3 “Best in Show”. She and her husband were charter members of the Highland United Methodist Church and served as Sunday School Superintendent and teachers. Mrs. Mills passed away on May 29, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
Survivors include her sons, Mike (Pam) Mills of Petersburg, TN and Morris (Judy) Mills of Fayetteville, TN; grandchildren, Kimberly (Benjie) Porterfield, Michael Joe Mills, Eddie (Kimberly) Mills; and great-grandchildren, Brittany Porterfield, Caroline Mills, Gracie Mills, and Ella Kate Mills. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Ford, Roy, and McRady Crabtree, and sister, Evelyn Shaddy.
Visitation with the family will be held at 5 PM until 8 PM on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Higgins Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept 12, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.
Morris, Bob and I share our condolences. Our thoughts are with you, Mike, and your families.
To the Mills Family. Thank you so much for giving me an opportunity to meet Ms. Opal. We discussed a lot in the short time I was with her. Most importantly, she knew the Lord. I will always cherish our conversations and my prayer is for God to bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. May God bless you all and keep you in his care.
Thinking of you all.
Ms. Opal was a precious lady and touched our lives in so many ways. We loved her dearly and she will truly be missed. Praying for God’s comfort and peace to be with you all during this difficult time.
Mike & Morris,
Where do I even start? I have so many fond memories that include Aunt Opal! I cherish them ALL. I’m thankful she is at peace and is strolling over heaven now without a care in the world! No doubt she will be organizing a sewing bee before long. I love you all! We are all blessed to have had Aunt Opal in our lives. She certainly made a difference in mine.
Mrs. Opal was a wonderful lady. She was very talented; always made such lovely pieces. She added joy and love to so many people and her family through the years. We loved Buzz and Opal. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
Prayers and comfort for Opal’s family. She sure was a delight and very talented lady.
Morris , Judy and family I so sorry to hear about Maw Opal . You are in my thoughts and prayers . Delane Grissom
God Bless the Family with Comfort and Peace in the Days to Come!! She was a GREAT Lady with a Wonderful Personality!! I worked with her at Serbin!!