James was known for his strong work ethic, always putting in the effort to achieve his goals. He found joy in physical fitness, dedicating time to working out and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. His adventurous spirit led him to the open road, where he reveled in the freedom of riding his beloved Harley motorcycle. Traveling was another passion that allowed him to explore new horizons and create lasting memories.
One of James’s most cherished qualities was his ability to bring laughter into any room. With a quick wit and a collection of jokes, he could light up the atmosphere with his infectious laughter. He had a way of connecting with people through humor, leaving a lasting impression on all he encountered. Above all else, James’s heart belonged to his two precious daughters, Makenna and Mikinley Mills.
His love for them was boundless, and he embraced his role as their father with unwavering devotion. Their smiles brought him immeasurable happiness, and he cherished every moment spent with them. James’s memory lives on through his family, who hold him close in their hearts. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Jackie and Wade Smith, and his father, James B. Mills.
His sister, Andrea Le Page, and niece, Sophia Vaughn, will forever treasure their time together. His paternal grandparents, Jerry and Grace Mills, played a significant role in his life and share in the loss of their beloved grandson. Additionally, he leaves behind a host of cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends who will remember him fondly. While we celebrate the life of James, we also remember those who preceded him in passing.
He is reunited with his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Edelgard Le Page, and his maternal aunt, Jeannette Toth. His paternal grandmother, Geneva Stys, has also welcomed him into the realm of eternity. The family invites all who knew James to join in honoring his memory. A visitation and opportunity to share cherished memories will take place on Monday, September 25, 2023, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kaatz Funeral Directors in Capac, Michigan.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, preceded by visiting hours at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Lisa Clark, the pastor of Capac Methodist Church, will officiate the services. In remembrance of James, the family kindly requests that memorials be directed to them. These contributions will be used to establish an education fund for James’s beloved daughters, Makenna and Mikinley Mills. This fund will serve as a lasting tribute to his love and commitment to their future, ensuring that his legacy continues to shine brightly through them.