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Dr. Luther Rice Mills IV, beloved husband and friend died on May 1, 2017 in Hospice at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville, North Carolina.  Born April 10, 1937 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, he grew up in Georgia attending public schools in Camilla, Atlanta, Albany, and Tifton.  He graduated from Tifton High School in 1955 and Mercer University, Macon, Georgia 1955-61 majoring in History, Pre-Law and Pre-Med.  He received his medical degree in 1966 from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia where he completed a residency in Pathology.  He was awarded sabbaticals for further research study at both Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire and Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London, England.  He married Nancy Thompson Mills in 1980, a painter and later an Episcopal Priest.  He was Chief of Surgical Pathology at VAMC, Augusta, Georgia and Faculty Professor at the MCG Department of Pathology where he was appointed Professor Emeritus on retirement in 1997. He then practiced with a private Pathology group in Thomasville, Georgia moving to Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in 2012.  His parents were Luther Rice Mills III, deceased and Elizabeth Craighill Mills, deceased.  A brother Francis Craighill Mills is also deceased.  He is survived by a sister, Mary Mills Thomoson and his wife the Rev. Nancy Thompson Mills.  Memorial Eucharist will be held at St. Giles Chapel on Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m.  Memorial gifts may be made to Asheville Humane Society and St. Giles Chapel at Deerfield in Asheville, North Carolina. Condolences can be made to the family at www.ashevilleareaalternative.com. Asheville Area Alternative Funeral & Cremation Services
Published on May 5, 2017
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