Alvin Edward "Bud" Mills was born April 8, 1933, at Guin, Ala., the son of the late Jeremiah Matthew Mills and Mary (Pugh) Mills. He died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
He was united in marriage to Sandra I. Teeters Hunt on March 26, 1982, in Blytheville, Ark.
He served as a patrolman for the city of Sikeston from 1955-1958. On Oct. 12, 1958, he joined the Missouri State Highway Patrol where he served until Sept. 1, 1988, and had attained the rank of sergeant. He was with the Highway Patrol from 1964-1968 in Cape Girardeau, 1968-1973 in Kennett and as zone commander in Sikeston from 1973-1988. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force in the Korean Conflict as Airman First Class.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra L. Mills of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Sgt. Terry and Marla Mills of Cape Girardeau, and Dwight and Pamela Mills of Dexter; three daughters and one son-in-law, Barbara Blumhorst of Sikeston, Deanna and Mike Linley of Sikeston, and Brittany Mills of the home; one step-son, Josh Hunt of Sikeston; two brothers, William Mills of Amory, Miss., and Willis Mills of Houston, Texas; one sister, Essie Young of Modesto, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, Tara Mills of Cape Girardeau, Angela Blumhorst of Sikeston, Ben Mills of Dexter, Blake Hurt of Sikeston, Breanna Hurt of Sikeston, Bryce Hurt, Sikeston, Brandon Hurt of Sikeston, Josie Linley of Sikeston, Cody Linley of Sikeston, and Cory "Boots" Linley of Sikeston.
He was preceded in death by one brothers; two sisters; and one granddaughter.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007, at Blanchard Funeral Home in Sikeston.
Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, at Blanchard Funeral Chapel in Sikeston with Rev. E.J. McDougall, Pastor of Christian Tabernacle Church in Sikeston, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield with full military honors provided by the Missouri State Military Honors Program.