James Alfred Mills
April 10, 1924  -  May 23, 2018

James Alfred Mills


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1823 W 51st St.
Tulsa, OK  74107
Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Tulsa, OK  74107
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2327 S 65th W Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74107
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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Calvary Cemetery
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Tulsa, OK  74137
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James Alfred Mills was born April 10, 1924 in Tulsa the son of Joseph Roscoe and Mary Aliene (Greenwell) Mills. He passed from this life on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in Tulsa at the age of 94 years. Alfred was born and raised on a dairy farm which was known as Mills Brothers Dairy in Berryhill. He had long hard days of work which instilled in him to be a hardworking man. After leaving the dairy he raised limousine cattle for enjoyment. Alfred went to work for Mid Continent Refinery and later for Texaco Refinery. He then left Texaco to go into business for himself and purchased the Alibi Tavern in Old West Tulsa and operated it until urban renewal bought him out. Alfred then bought a bob tail truck and drove for C & H Trucking. Later he sold his truck and went to work for E. L. Farmer Trucking as a load operator and then dispatcher. After retiring from E. L. Farmer he bought a tractor and brush hog and brush hogged until he was 86 years old. He would just not give up working until he had a heart attack after coming back from an NCAA wrestling tournament with his son, daughter and grandson and at that point he was forced to give up working. After marrying and having children and grandchildren Alfred was then involved in their sports and activities. He loved his barrel racing with his daughters, granddaughters, great granddaughters and 1 great great granddaughter. Alfred’s involvement in wrestling went further than he even thought was imaginable with his son, Dunie. With no high school wrestling in Berryhill at the time, his goal, with the help of his brothers, Pat and Herman Mills, was to get wrestling into Berryhill High School. With their hard work and dedication, wrestling then became a sport at Berryhill for his son and nephews. Little did he know that a grandson and 2 great grandson’s would step on the mat and continue to fulfil his dreams. And 1 great grandson, who now wrestles for the OSU Cowboys, has now exceeded more than he ever dreamed towards this love of wrestling. One of Alfred’s 10 commandments he highly obeyed was Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother. He loved them dearly along with all his brothers and sisters. A handshake with Alfred was his word. If he told you he was going to do something it was done. Alfred leaves behind children, Milan Mills, Martha Lynn Blaylock and James “Dunie” Alfred Mills, Jr. all of Berryhill; sisters, Margaret Reece of Tulsa and Mary Jo Armer and husband, Leroy of Berryhill; brother, Jack “Sonny” Mills and wife, Carol of Tulsa; 15 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 14 great great grandchildren; 1 great great great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both parents; wife, Mary Etta (Brown) Mills; sons, Bill and Lacy Mills; daughter, Carole Wood; brothers, Wayne, Pat, Herman and Eddie Mills; sister, Ramona Groden and grandsons, Kevin Wood and Lee Mills.

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  1. Mary (Brown) Berryman
    Sand Springs, OK

    Dear Martha, Sincerely sorry for your loss. So glad you had all the years with him during his long life. He always had a pleasant smile and was a friendly fella. My parents always appreciated the fact that both he and your mom were hard working down to earth folks. As so many from their generation of what my mom called "Depression Kids". They knew how to get through hard times and no whining from that group. Lol Mr. Al was amazing, in the fact that he kept doing hard work well up into his eighties! :) Send our condolences to the rest of your family. May God Bless and send comfort to all. Love from friends, Mary Berryman & family

  2. Sharon & Jack Lyons
    Tulsa, OK

  3. Dustin weins
    Sandsprings, OK

  4. Carolyn West
    Sand Springs, OK

    Sorry for your loss, but it is comforting to know you had your Dad and was able to enjoy his companionship for such a long time. Prayers for family!

  5. Larry Stallsworth
    Tulsa, OK

    So sorry for your loss. Alfred was a great man that influenced so many. I will always cherish the fond memories I have of him.

  6. Anita Dugan
    Mustang, OK

  7. Pauleta J Whiteis Clawson
    Tulsa, OK

  8. Judy Brotton Dobbs
    Smith River, CA

    Dear Dunie, I just heard about your dad passing away and after reading the obituary, it certainly reinforced what I always felt about him. I felt he was one of the most honest and dependable persons that I worked with over the years of dealing with my dads' property on W. 41st St. He said what he would do and did what he said! I knew I could count on him! The world as we all know it today has strayed from having that kind of genuine person to have as a friend! He was a good man! We all know where he is now! Judy Dobbs

  9. Joann Hunter
    Tulsa, OK

  10. Jimmy and Geraldine downing
    Berryhill. Tulsa, OK

    Sorry for your loss praying for the family

  11. sandra jackson
    Tulsa, OK

  12. Charlette Griggs Lee
    Pryor, OK

    I will always cherish the many hours I spent at the Mills home, such a very important part of my childhood! Mr. Mills will be missed by so many, but he has made a million memories for them to hold on to!!!

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