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John M. Mills

May 24, 1945June 25, 2020

Colonel John M. Mills, 75, of Alpharetta, GA, died on Thursday June 25, 2020 after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on May 24, 1945 to the late Jesse and Marion Mills. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marion “Mare” Parke Mills, his children John Duhring Mills (Jenifer) and Jean Parke Wahl (Rob), and his grandchildren JohnHenry Parke Mills, Emily Jean Mills, Ashlyn Kallbreier Wahl, Borden Parke Wahl and Colin Mills Wahl, as well as a host of extended family members and friends who loved him. He was preceded in death by his loving son, Bryan Taylor Mills.

John graduated from the Georgia Military Academy and Georgia Tech in 1963 and 1967 respectively. He went on to serve his country as a proud member of the Marine Corps. Having served active duty as a fixed wing aviator from 1967 to 1972, he ultimately retired from the Marine Corps Reserves as a Colonel in 1990. John enjoyed a thirty plus year career as a distinguished Delta Pilot including serving as Manager of Domestic Flight Operations and as B-777 Chief Line Check Pilot. After retiring from his role as a pilot in 2005, he went on to serve as part of the Delta pilot acquisition team. He is fondly remembered by his colleagues for his intelligence and humor. He was a great mentor and a true gentleman.

John was resident of Atlanta and Alpharetta for most of his life. An active member of the Atlanta Athletic Club since 1981, he was an avid golfer and loving friend. John was also an active member of St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church.

For John, family always came first. He enjoyed nothing more than a chaotic house full of his children and grandchildren. He was a devoted husband beyond compare. Between family, career, golf and friends, John squeezed every drop out of his seventy-five years on earth.

John will be interred at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in John’s name to the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, 1762 Clifton Rd NE Suite 2400, Atlanta, GA 30322, winshipcancer.emory.edu.


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Jeannie Brooks

July 3, 2020

RIP John.
There will always be wonderful memories of times with you and Mare.

Walt M. Britt

July 2, 2020

Please accept my condolences at your loss! John was one of the nicest and personable people I have ever encountered. His passing is very sad as we never got to share that bottle of red! Walt

Lee Kinnebrew III

July 1, 2020

John was we all call "A REALLY GOOD GUY" by any of us that knew him on any level. May he "RIP AND RISE IN GLORY"!!!!!! Lee & Myra Kinnebrew Delta Classmate 1972

Kim Beer-Bertram

June 30, 2020

I was a teenager when John and Marion moved in next door on Sharon Valley Ct. I have the best memories of his wonderful sense of humor and shenanigans. He and my dad were quite the pair of comedians. I am sending condolences and celebrating a life well lived.
Kim Beer-Bertram

Nick&Ray Grynkewich

June 29, 2020

John was a classmate, not only at Delta, but it turns out that a couple of my GaTech years overlapped his. I didn’t know him then, but had many stimulating conversations with him when he and Charlie Tutt took up residence in the chief pilot’s office at Delta.

It was always a pleasure to see his smiling face in a job that tended to make grumps out of the best.

Please accept our deepest sympathies, we grieve with you.

Mare Mills

June 29, 2020

Cap and Betty Cain

June 29, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss! Betty and I remember all the good times we had with you both. Our sincere condolences!

Linda Wade

June 29, 2020

He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, mentor, and friend. We shared some great times and I will always miss him. RIP my brother. I love you.

Dianne Bowman

June 28, 2020

I did not John
Personally, I am a friend of Mare and know of John through our friendship. I know I would have liked him as he was married to a wonderful friend. I am so sorry for your lose Mare, but I know he is at peace now and pain free. He and Bryan will have so much to talk about!
Love you and prayers to all,
Dianne Bowman