Ocean City Today

James Philip Mills

Feb 01, 2018
James Philip Mills

printed 02/02/2018


James Philip Mills, age 86, passed away peacefully holding his beloved wife, Carol Elizabeth Mills’ hand, on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

Born in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of the late Robert Mills and Susan Melton.

He is survived by his son, David, of Milford, Delaware; a daughter, Deborah Mills, of Richmond, Virginia; and his nephew, Donald Corathers, of Cincinnati, Ohio, along with a legion of close friends and fellow veterans, notably Leon Long and Nate Pearson.

Raised in Clarksburg West Virginia, Jim was a career analyst for the NSA after he proudly served as an expert Radio Intercept Operator in Japan supporting the United States during the Korean Conflict. He never wavered in his support of the military and veterans affairs.

He was the master Ocean City Saturday Breakfast Pancake chef, and ardent Ocean City Post 166 VFW member who was a fixture each season at the Boardwalk car/motorcycle charity raffle booth. Jim was a member of Flag Masters who made sure the flags at the Ocean Pines North Entrance and Golf Club were properly tended.

He supported his children to make all of their dreams come true, was the go-to “Gadget Man” who could fix any car, clock, appliance, computer, printer or anything else that could be imagined. He enjoyed wood working and finished the second floor of his Ocean Pines home by himself.

Jim loved to golf both at Ocean Pines and Ocean City Country Club three days weekly along with regional MISGA golf tournaments. The Huey helicopter he tirelessly helped restore is permanently displayed at Ocean City airport.

Jim Mills was the kindest, most selfish generous man who always stepped up to volunteer to do about anything for his family, friends, his American Legion Post and VFW, and his community. His motto was “Do the right thing, give generously to your community and charity, pay it forward and don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Memorial service was held at American Legion Post 166 in Ocean City, Maryland on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.  An American Legion Ceremony was followed by a Celebration Reception.

Interment with full Air Force honors will be at Eastern Shore Veteran Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 at 1 p.m. in Hurlock, Maryland.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post 166, or the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation, 100 East Carroll Street, Salisbury, Maryland 21801.

Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at burbage@burbagefuneralhome.com.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.