Charles Wayland Mills, 69, was carried home to Heaven on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. He was born Nov. 6, 1943, in Vallejo, Calif., to the late Wayland and Lorene Mills of Wichita Falls.
Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served honorably on the U.S.S. Rainier during the Vietnam War. He married the love of his life, Oleta Leek Mills, on Feb. 14, 1986. Charles worked at the United States Postal Service for the next 20 years.
He and his maintenance group were first responders at the Alfred P. Murray Building bombing. Charles received many commendations during his 20-year career, none more cherished than the Presidential Commendation for his participation in the rescue and recovery of the many bombing victims. He later moved to his beloved farm in Mineral Wells, Texas, where he cared for and loved all his animals and all their babies. He remained a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion.
Charles was preceded in death by Tammy Leek Foster and Lindsey Lauren Leek. He is survived by one brother, Bob Mills; sisters, Jo Ann Taylor and Brenda Hunter; son, Michael Mills, and family; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Charles’ Mineral Wells family consisted of wife, Oleta Leek Mills; Randy, Shawna, Brittany and Scott Leek; Stan Courtney; and Robert Foster.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Woodland Park Cemetery. Visitation is Saturday from 8 a.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be left at www.bcbfuneralhome.com.
Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home