David Russell Mills

  • Born: October 9, 1965
  • Died: March 22, 2020
  • Location: South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel

2180 Greenridge Road
North Charleston, SC 29406

Tel. (843) 572.2339

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David Russell Mills, 54, of Charleston, SC, husband of Betty Lynn Caddell Mills entered into eternal rest Sunday, March 22, 2020. In consideration of the health of all, a memorial service will be held at a later date. The family encourages everyone to visit David's Tribute at jhenrystuhr.com. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Northwoods Chapel. Donations to the Lowcountry Hope Center in David's honor can be placed by going to wearecathedral.com. Click on the link COVID-19 UPDATE.

David was born October 9, 1965 in San Jose, CA, son of Walter James Mills and Donna Joyce Davis Mills. He lived his younger years in Fostoria, OH. David moved to Charleston in 2007 where he worked in automotive sales and service. He was an active member of Cathedral of Praise where he gave countless hours leading, serving and encouraging people as a team leader in Guest Services and Growth Track ministries. He was also a respected, loved and admired member of the men's group F3 Charleston (Fitness, Fellowship and Faith), #Harbaugh. A quote from a close member states Dave's goal was "to increase the attendance of our fellow man in heaven."

He is survived by his wife, Betty Lynn Mills; son, Grant James Mills with Mariah Driggers; daughter, Erika Ann Engelke all of SC; father, Walter James Mills, mother, Judy Ann Mills; sister Janita Mason; sister, Lori Maas; brother, Jeff Lazenby; all of OH.


Condolence & Memory Journal

David was a man with the biggest heart of anyone that I knew. No one was a stranger around him and people of all ages wanted to be around him with his infectious personality and finding the humor in almost any situation. He brought calm to the stress and humor to life. His love for the Lord was amazing and his faith unending. He lived out the commandment of 'Love each other as I have loved you.' John 15:12.

We were always family with you and your love and hospitality of both you and Betty Lynn will never be forgotten. So blessed to have our family spend three summer vacations with you and the family. Until we are reunited again brother!

Posted by Lori Maas - Bowling Green, OH - Family   March 29, 2020

David was a caring, friendly and outgoing gentleman always putting others first. Your affection towards Betty Lynn with class and respect displayed a standard to strive for. I am so thankful my daughters were able to witness a strong and solid role model. Time shared welcoming me into your family of F3 brothers with a united bond placing Jesus front and center will always be cherished. David, you are a man walking the walk (or running) and talking the talk. Your quick and witty catch phrases with a chuckle and bright smile transforms any awkwardness into a positive and pleasant celebration. I am so grateful our paths have crossed on earth reuniting in eternity praising our Lord and Savior together again.

Posted by Dean Maas - Bowling Green, OH - Family   March 29, 2020

To David's Family,
My deepest condolences to you. Although it been many years since we've talked, please know I thought the world of David. What a great friend. Many memories from the Foster St. Gang. Great times at the pool, park, and the reservoir. Although we lost touch once we moved away from Fostoria it doesn't surprise me to read how great of father, husband, uncle, and friend he was to so many. He was the same on Foster St. back in the day. Please take care of each other. Love Always, Dave Coburn

Posted by David Coburn - Lakeview, OH - Family Friend   March 28, 2020

I would like to send my thoughts and prayers for all of David's family. I had great fun working with David at LEXUS of Charleston for many years.
I'm sorry for never meeting you Betsy, but David, was so happy with you.
God Bless you all.
Margo Walden.

Posted by Margo Walden - DANIEL Island, SC - Coworker   March 28, 2020

Betty Lynn and family,
My heartfelt condolences to you and extended family for your loss. I will always remember all of the good times with David, his infectious smile, and the kindness in his heart. I pray you and your family find peace during this difficult time. Cherish all of the beautiful memories you and David made.

Posted by Paula Alessi - Findlay, OH - Friend   March 26, 2020

My condolences to the Mills family. I pray God continues to comfort and strengthen the family during this time of bereavement. May the many cherished and fond memories of David continue to comfort his family and friends. May you all have calming and pleasant thoughts during this time.

Posted by Lisa - SC   March 26, 2020

I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength during this time. Most sincere condolences from the Marcial Family.

Posted by Alfredo Marcial - North Charleston, SC - Coworker   March 26, 2020

To David"s family. In the early 1970''s, I was the secretary at Holmes School in Fostoria and David was probably in the first grade. He was having a bad day and came to the office. We talked and I told him if he had a yellow shirt to wear it to school the next day. Sure enough ,here he comes the next day in a yellow shirt. When I saw him, I winked at him and he smiled. So cute, I never forgot the incident. He was a fine young man, I always knew he was a winner. May bless all of you and give you peace. RIP David.

Posted by Patricia Emerson - Findlay, OH - Friend   March 26, 2020

So sorry for your lose, Dave will be missed and not forgotten. Always had dreams and would not just give up always determined to give it all. He will be missed. .

Posted by Karen Meyer - North Charleston, SC - Friend   March 25, 2020

David Mills....One of the best men to ever walk the Earth!

Posted by Jack Mills - Albertville, AL   March 25, 2020

Great man Great cousin.

Posted by Jack Mills - ALBERTVILLE, AL - family   March 25, 2020

My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to you, Betty Lynne and all of the Mills family.
A wonderful man with a huge smile and a heart of gold!
Miss you my dear friend and as long as we remember you and share stories about you....your still here!

Posted by Peter Yannetta - Charleston, SC - Friend   March 25, 2020

I can only imagine the Lord welcoming you home..Dave..good and faithful servant.

Posted by Tresia Frazier - Goose Creek, SC - Friend   March 24, 2020

Uncle David was the most loving uncle I had. He gave the tightest hugs I'll never forget. He was the BEST host and always offered for me and my family to visit whenever. He even let me drive Better Together; a boat I will also never forget. He always made sure I felt comfortable and welcome.

There was a night I spent in the guest bedroom and stupidly spilled nail polish remover on his dark, expensive bedside table. I felt so bad, but new I had to own up to it. I did. But not to my parents, but my Uncle David. The next morning I told him I need to confess my mistakes just like I do with God and that I needed to tell the "Big Man" or the "Boss" of the house. He smiled and didn't get mad at all, but even encouraged me to not tell my parents. Not only did he not get mad, but he also made me a bowl of yogurt for me afterward. He served me after I ruined his furniture. That is just the kind of man David was.

I have also kept a voicemail from my Uncle David from December 20th, 2018. He called me a lot when I was going through a rough time. Keeping his voicemail was one of the best decisions I have ever made. He ended it by saying, "I love you very very much, and I can't wait to hear your voice sweetheart." Again, that is just the kind of man my Uncle David was; caring, respectful, and loving. I'll miss you forever!

Posted by Julia Maas - Bowling Green, OH - Family   March 24, 2020

So blessed to have met this Man, David Russell Mills. It was a Sunday get together at their pool as we were visiting my Son, Jesse Lee, his wife, Carrie and my two Grandchildren. I remember being so welcomed in their home that day as we all gathered before heading to their pool. Family times like those are always the best of times and I could feel they felt the same.

David Mills you were blessed with a beloved Family and you will be so truly missed.

I am PROUD to say that I was given the chance to meet you, please look up my Son, Jeremiah Lee. I'm sure he would love to play a game of pool with you.

Our condolences to the Family,
John and Debbie Lee

Posted by Debra Lee - Leesburg, FL - Acquaintance   March 24, 2020

From the moment I met you, you had an overwhelming warmth of a smile. Your kindness could outshined anyone's bad day and turn it all around! We met as friends and ended up as family. Thank you for all of the hugs and talks given. Thank you for the forehead kisses and laughs. Thank you for sharing Bettylynn, Grant and Mariah with us. Until we met again friend! Love Francesca and Christina.

Posted by Francesca Martinez - Charleston, SC - Family Friend   March 24, 2020

From the very first moment I met you, I knew there was an amazing man both inside and out.
You are going to be greatly missed, as we already see here.
I know you are in the company of Jesus now and praying for your family that they have the peace and comfort of Jesus!
They know where you are, but they still need our prayers for the day to day without you and your presence.
Until we see each other again, Brother!
Mike Ensley

Posted by Mike Ensley - Charleston, SC   March 24, 2020

Dave, we will miss your smile and your grace. You were selfless in your giving to others. I've enjoyed you as a neighbor and a friend in Christ. Continued prayers for your family.

Posted by Shawn and Lisa Tucker - Ladson, SC - Friend   March 24, 2020

I will miss your beautiful , big smile!! Love you ❤❤❤

Posted by Jennifer Schreiner - Bloomdale, OH - Friend   March 24, 2020

Dave you will be missed by many. Rest In Peace my friend. God definitely has another Angel watching over us. Continuous prayers for entire family.

Posted by Paula & Robert Filipiak - North Charleston, SC - Friend   March 24, 2020

Tough to lose someone that would help others before himself. I remember all the good times we had and appreciate everything! RIP Millsy!

Posted by James Tyree - Findlay, OH - Friend   March 24, 2020

We will miss you buddy! We know you are in a better place and we hope to see you again one day.

Posted by Florens & Sarah Verstraten - Mt Pleasant, SC - Friend   March 24, 2020

Dave Mills was one of the most courageous encouraging friends I had. His smile and hug was contagious. You could not help but to notice he and my dear friend Bettylynn whenever they entered a room. They displayed the purest love. I will miss my friend, my husband especially is missing him. I know he is rejoicing with arms raised and fist in the air dancing with the Lord. We love you!

Posted by Tammie Lecque - Hanahan, SC - Family Friend   March 24, 2020

We will miss your beautiful smile. We have an angel watching over us Dave loved us and we loved him. RIP now you finally have comfort from your struggles

Posted by Margaret Blair - Ridgeville, SC - Family Friend   March 24, 2020

my prayers are with his family...

Posted by Steve Troike - Fostoria, OH - Acquaintance   March 24, 2020

My heart absolutely hurts right now . Words don't even do justice on how much we love and miss you. Please know you mean so much to all of us.

Posted by Jess Laprade - Family Friend   March 23, 2020

This is so hard. Even though you had your own battles,you helped my son Cameron when we found out he had a mass and it had the c-word on it.(I remembered you told me not to the word). You talked to both of us and took him aside and helped him so much. Your compassion for others,meant so much to so many. I will never forget your smile,always smiling and encouraging everyone. God has gained an awesome angel. We will miss seeing you,that smile and those great hugs of yours. Fly high til we see you again. I know you are smiling down on Bettylynn and your kids and watching over them.

Posted by Bobbijayne Noll - Goose Creek, SC - Friend   March 23, 2020


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