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Ralph Mills





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Ralph Vignuelle Mills, age 89, of Wingate, Maryland went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 as a result of a house fire where he lived alone.
Mr. Mills became a dedicated Christian in the late 1970s and was a member of the Souls Harbor Church of God. Recently he had been attending the Nazarene Church in Cambridge.
Born in Crocheron, Maryland on August 27, 1923, Mr. Mills lived his whole life in Crocheron and Wingate. He attended grade school in Crocheron, Maryland. At the age of ten, he started working on the water with his grandfather, Charles Mills, and by the age of thirteen, he was working on the water by himself. He worked at various jobs as a young adult including Phillips Packing Company in Cambridge and for Dorchester County. Mr. Mills worked many summers with his brother, Maurice, in the soft crab business. He loved working on the water and especially enjoyed tonging for oysters at which he excelled. He married Julia Dean on May 27, 1944.
Although Mr. Mills did not have much formal education, he was resourceful and well-educated in the school of life. In his early adult life, Mr. Mills was an excellent duck hunter. He also loved to go to the neighborhood stores and play dominoes and cards with the other men in the community. He was active in the Lakes and Straits Fire Company from the 1950s to the 1970s serving as President and Fire Chief and an ambulance driver. In his later years, he often took fishing parties out of Crocheron and Wingate harbors. In addition, Mr. Mills worked several years for the Curran Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Mr. Mills was a likeable person and did not know a stranger. He could talk with anyone and if you sat next to him for very long, he would engage you in conversation. He was great for telling stories of experiences he had on the water or of growing up in his locale. He enjoyed going down to the “dock” and talking with anyone else who happened to be down there. Always an animal lover, Mr. Mills became especially fond of cats. He “inherited” two cats: Polly from his brother and sister-in- law, and Bubba from his grandson. After Julia, his wife, passed in 2007, it became his responsibility to care for these cats. While he tolerated Polly, he adored Bubba and would cater to Bubba’s palate in order to please his appetite. In addition to Polly and Bubba, he also regularly fed neighborhood cats. The numerous bird houses in his yard was also a sign of his fondness for birds, especially martins.
His passing has been a great shock to his family and community and he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Mr. Mills was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer K. and Lavelle Pritchett Mills, by his brothers, Maurice and Billy Mills, and by his sisters, Hilda Keene and Aleta Leonard. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Julia Etta Dean Mills. Mr. Mills is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ralph Anthony (Tony) and Donna Hastings Mills of Georgetown, Delaware. He is also survived by brothers Donald and wife Phyllis of Bishops Head and Bobby of East New Market; granddaughter and husband, Maxine and Kendall Matthews of Federalsburg, Maryland; a grandson and wife, Ralph Anthony Mills II and Diane of Greencastle, Pennsylvania; four great-grandchildren: Grace Elizabeth and Samuel Thomas Matthews of Federalsburg, and Julia Kathleen and Carter Anthony Mills of Greencastle; sister in law Priscilla Andrews of Cambridge; nieces Lynne Mills of Cambridge , Sherry Bradley and husband Roland of Secretary and Melanie Gore and husband Jerry of Florida; nephews Dan Mills and Mike Leonard of Cambridge and David Mills of Salisbury and a cousin Annabelle Todd.
A visitation will be held Wednesday evening, April 3, 2013 from 6 till 8 p.m. at the Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 4, 2013 beginning 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends will also be received the hour prior. Officiating the service will be Pastor Stacey Johnson and the Rev’s Richard and Sharon Prahl.
Interment will follow at Dorchester Memorial Park, Cambridge.
Serving as pallbearers will be William (Snooks) Windsor, O’Neal Windsor, Kendall Matthews, Anthony Mills, Harold Robinson and Dwight Hastings.
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Vignuelle can be made to the Lakes and Straits Volunteer Fire Dept., 2103 Farm Creek Road, Wingate, Maryland 2167

Born: August 27, 1923
Death: March 27, 2013


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Posted by: Joyce RIchardson I am so sorry for your loss. 05/22/2013 Posted by: MARGARET ANN HILL Tony and Family. I am so sorry I cannot come. I had knee surgery and going to and from work is about all I can handle right now. I am so sorry to hear about Vignuelle. I saw him go by home on Monday afternoon. How little do we know how short our time is. I thought a lot of him and you also. Time passes so quickly. 04/03/2013 Posted by: The class of 1964 SDHS Tony, Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss. 04/02/2013 Posted by: Beatty Hubbard Tony, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time . May God give you strenght today and comfort in the days to come 04/02/2013 Posted by: Denise & Rick Taylor Tony, Donna, & Family Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great loss. May your memories help to comfort you during this time of sorrow. 04/01/2013 Posted by: James and Lena Wallis Fitzhugh To Family of Ralph Mills: We were so sorry to hear about Mr. Mills..He was such a nice person, we went to church where him and Julia was at Church of God at one time..Our prayers are with you all. 04/01/2013 Posted by: Debbie (Meredith) O'Bier Tony and family: I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was really an interesting man to talk with. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. 04/01/2013 Posted by: Colleen Curran-Bromwell What a terrible shock to learn of this news of our dear friend. I saw him a few weeks ago at the grocery store before my surgery and we had such a nice chat. Mr. Ralph and Miss Julia were always so gracious to my family and the many families we served in the community. So many good and happy memories. Rest in peace my dear friend. Miss you! My thoughts and prayers are with Tony and all the family. Hugs! 04/01/2013 Posted by: Bill Cox A kind gentle man, and a fixture of "Down Home". Ralph we will miss you! 04/01/2013 Posted by: Levin & Effie M. Elzey Dear Tony & family, Mr. Mills was a gentleman of the best ways. We went to church with him & Julia at the Church of God. He did the Lord's work joyfully. Today is EASTER' a time of life & resurrection. He has won his prize and his work is done. May God bless you! 03/31/2013 Posted by: Norris Sawyers A very nice man who will be missed by all. I met him as kid going fishing on his boat with my family 03/31/2013 Posted by: Darlene Windsor My heart goes out to the family of Venille. He was a good friend of mine in Wingate when I lives there. Actually I just talked with him last Friday out to Walmart. He will be missed by all. 03/31/2013 Posted by: Susan DUKES My deepest sympathy to the family of Ralph Mills. He was a very dear friend for so many years and will be greatly missed. Norman and Susan Dukes 03/30/2013 Posted by: Steve Abbott To the family of Vignuelle Mills, We werevery sorry to hear of your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you throughthese trying times. Steve and Karen Abbott 03/29/2013 Posted by: Janie Elliott and Steve Lewis Mr Vinnie will be missed by his friends and family. He now is in a better place with no more pain. GOD has taken his angel home to rest in peace. 03/29/2013 Posted by: Don Creighton Brother Ralph was one of the best and devoted person I have ever known. He was so good to my grandmother, Sis. Marie Faine. I KNOW he is in HEAVEN. 03/29/2013

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