Frank "Frankie" McWilliams (Mills) Hays

March 28, 1934September 13, 2022
Obituary of Frank "Frankie" McWilliams (Mills) Hays
Frank "Frankie" McWilliams Mills Hays, age 88, of Birmingham, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. Frankie was born March 28, 1934 to the late Troy Cleer and Ruby Mills of Tuscaloosa, AL. Frankie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Alabama. She furthered her education to receive her Masters in Early Childhood Education at Samford University. Frankie was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills, AL. Frank McWilliams Mills was married to Charles Raymond Hays Sr., on September 12, 1952, in Tuscaloosa, AL. Their union was blessed with 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. She worked at Southern Research Institute, as a dental hygienist, but is most known for her work at St. Mark United Methodist Church as the Director of its Early Learning Center for 17 years. Once she retired, she stayed active with St. Mark United Methodist Church serving as the Director of the Nurture Committee, developing the History Hall and the Decorating Committee. She loved gardening, painting, and was known for her flower arranging prowess. Frankie was preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Anne Mills; her father, Troy Cleer Mills; her brothers, Jack and James G. Mills. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 70 years, Charles Raymond Hays Sr.; children, Sherri Arias (David Peter Arias), Chuck Hays (Susan Vedel Hays), Helen Hays (Andy Shirey); grandchildren, Brittany Arias Sturdivant (Robert Sturdivant), Chris Arias (Heather Sigman Arias) and Troy Arias, Catherine Hays Brown (Byron Brown), Chad Hays (Stephanie Granados Hays), Natalie Hays (Zach Goddard); Great-Grandchildren, Kayla Hays, Ammie Hays, Leanne Brown, Caitlyn Brown, Addie Cate Sturdivant and Anna Arias; nieces and nephews, Ann Mills Satterfield (Frank), Ricky Mills (Pamela), Mike Mills (Lisa), David Mills (Donna), Susan Mills Dickson (Dave), Taylor Mills (Nancy). Visitation will be held at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2901 Columbiana Rd, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216, on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 12:00 noon with a funeral service beginning at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park, 5434 Old Birmingham Hwy, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404. In lieu of flowers or memorial contributions, please make donations to St. Mark United Methodist Church or the Pre-school Ministry.

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  • Chad Hays
  • Chris Arias
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Wednesday, September 21, 2022


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