Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel & Oaklawn Cemetery

4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL


Van Russell "Buddy" Millis Jr.

April 12, 1929November 1, 2019

Van Russell “Buddy” Millis, Jr., 90, was born on April 12, 1929 in Jacksonville, Florida and passed away on November 1, 2019. He was a graduate of the Bolles School, Class of 1947. He was employed with several communication companies, including Western Electric, and retired after many years of service from BellSouth in 1987.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Van Russell Millis, Sr. and Mabel Bessie Millis; son, William Derek Millis; brothers, Maurice “Mickey” Millis and Jack Millis; and sisters, Margaret Napier and Eva Lee Crawford.

He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Lynch (Scott) of Waynesville, Georgia, Bonnie Rheborg (Ulf) of Marietta, Georgia and Karen Millis of Reddick, Florida. He was blessed with four grandchildren, Derrick Davis, Bjorn Rheborg, Erik Rheborg and Marissa Millis; great-grandchildren, Russell Davis, Mason Millis and Elin Rheborg. He is also survived by sisters, Elizabeth Emmick, Jean King and Jackie Farford, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL. Interment will be at Restlawn Memorial Park in Jacksonville at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in his honor to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville 904-737-7171.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 16, 2019


Van Russell "Buddy" Millis Jr.

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