William Lowell was born on October 3, 1939 to William A. and Dollie Pickett Mills in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He graduated from College High School, where his friends called him Chief, because his dad was the chief of police in Cape. He then attended S.E. Missouri University. Bill met the love of his life, Jozette Willis, while he was in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Reese Air Force Base. The young couple was married December 22, 1963 in Lubbock, Texas, where they raised 4 children. Bill enjoyed going out to eat with Jozette, buying her gifts, and giving her cards for every special occasion.
After leaving the Air Force, Bill had a long career as a commercial truck driver and received the “million-miler” award from Frito Lay. Even after retirement, he kept in touch with his fellow drivers by meeting for coffee every Saturday.
Over the years, Bill had several interests. He enjoyed welding and being an active participant in a gun club. He won several state shooting competitions.
He was a music lover and enjoyed a wide range of music including big band, rock n roll, Motown, country and gospel. He was a saxophone player in high school and really enjoyed good guitar picking.
Survivors include his wife, Lennie Jozette Mills; their children, Debra Keesee and husband, Kirby; Darla Boyce and husband Mitch; Robin Tanaka and husband, Christopher; and William R. “Billy” Mills and friend Alyssia Warren; grandchildren, Kandace Welch and husband, Jack Trey; Kolton Keesee; Hunter Dillon; Kadee and Brody Boyce; Ashley and Jaron Hardage; Destiny, MacKenzie and Alexis Mills; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Arthur and Dollie Mae Mills; and brother, Donald R. Mills.
William L. “Bill” Mills passed from this life into the arms of Jesus Sunday, January 7, 2018.