Joy Mills Hawley
September 7, 1958 – May 20, 2019
Joy Mills Hawley, 60, of 74 O B J Road, Dunn, peacefully passed away on May 20, 2019 at home with her son by her side. Joy was born September 7, 1958 in Fayetteville, North Carolina to the late Jackie and Katie (Byrd) Mills. Joy graduated from Seventy-First High School in 1976. She was employed with the Dunn ABC store. Joy was known for her colorful hair and personality. She will be remembered as a beloved mother, friend, and coworker.
She is survived by her mother, Ilse Mills, who raised her the past 53 years; son, Jackie Mills; step-daughter, Dawn Littleton; grandson, Ethan Mills, and granddaughter, Emma Mills.
In addition to her parents, Joy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James E. Hawley; son, Brian K. Hawley, and sister Rhonda G. Rolfe.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, May 24, 2019 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home.
All arrangements are entrusted to Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cromartiemiller.com
- Jackie R. Mills, Father
- Katie Byrd Mills, Mother
- Ilse Mills, Mother who raised her the past 53 years
- James E. Hawley, Husband
- Jackie Mills, Son
- Brian K. Hawley, Son
- Dawn Littleton, Step Daughter
- Ethan Mills, Grandson
- Emma Mills, Granddaughter
- Rhonda G. Rolfe, Sister
- Gathering Of Family & Friends Friday, May 24, 2019
Joy Mills Hawley
Star Bailey "Erwin Town Hall"
May 28, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ms. Joy...she was always so nice every time I encountered her...It truly saddens my heart to hear of her passing...I pray that God will comfort you and your family during this difficult time...this really just hit me so hard...we had so many conversations from time to time when I would see her...I pray God will also fill the void in your lives...God Bless You All! She will be missed but never forgotten!
Star Harris Bailey "Erwin Town Hall"
May 24, 2019
Ms. Joy was just that a joy she brought light into every room !i found myself many of times talking for 40 mins to an hour she was just so easy to talk to ,I met her when I worked at fantastic Sam's I would shampoo out her color or style her and be lost in conversation she loved her family so much and told me everytime that a job was just a just job and what was important was at home . Man was she right, she kept up with everything and never missed a beat.alway gave me her wisdom and shared her experience on what ever situation I was going though. Marriage ,kids life and always gave me such a positive spin that I would leave her feeling energized. After I became a stay at home mom I would go to the ABC store for my husband as often as he wanted but always called to see if joy was there. We talked so much and became great friends over the years that I brought my baby son into ABC store so she could meet him lol which if you know me you know that not in character. They played and she held him he was little at the time maybe 2 months, she even fed him we were there so long.( we seemed to exhaust her coworkers lol) I came to visit her with him when he first learned to walk and talking he loved her she would play peek a boo and little hugs it melted my heart .she always kept up with him with my post and with messages and comments. I will miss her sweet words how she always had something uplifting to say I will miss her smile and warmness, her spunky personality but classy way of saying it. Her secret laughs with know sound when something was funny. I have met alot of people in my life but none like ms. Joy i am so sorry to here about her passing. I hope her sweet family finds comfort, and know she loved you guys so much and lit up talking about you all ❤
May 23, 2019
There is no way I can say in this space what or how much Joy meant to me. She was my best friend for over 25 years. I am and will continue to be lost not being able to just stop by and talk, watch movies, vent about life, play with her dogs. She and James were family to me and mine. The one thing that gives me peace right now is she is with her beloved James again. She has grieved ever since James passed and I can't imagine how happy she must be to see him again. I'm sure that leaving her son was the hardest part of all. I know she loved me. I know she knows I loved her. There are no regrets only many memories that I'll keep with me until I meet my friend again. I'll miss you Joy, but you don't worry about us, I'll see you later, tell my mama I miss her so much. Love you ❤
May 22, 2019
I have a lot of memories of Joy. Mostly when I think of her, I remember her kind and gentle spirit, her big smile and her hearty laugh. She could bring a smile to your face in a heartbeat no matter what kind of day you were having or what you were going through in life. Joy was a huge presence and she will leave a huge whole in the lives of many. I'll be forever grateful that she came into my life all those years ago. Love and prayers to J.R. and the family.