November 7, 1937 ~ November 17, 2019

Born in: Swannanoa, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

John A. “Johnny” Mills, 82, of Arden, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2019, at Blue Ridge Health and Rehabilitation.

Born on November 7, 1937 in Swannanoa, NC, Johnny was a son of the late Amos and Helen Mills. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Inez Gasperson.

Johnny worked as a salesman for Lorillard Tobacco Company for 35 years. He was a kindhearted man, and a huge, die hard fan of the Tennessee Volunteers. He was a also a dog lover and Nascar fan.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Deanna Mills; three children, Lisa Childs (Walter) of Fletcher, NC, John Mills (Caryn) of Mills River, NC, and Brian Mills (Jennifer) of Knoxville, TN; and 6 grandchildren, Emma and Claire Childs, Kippan and Jackson Mills, and Harper and Evelyn Mills.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, at Green Hills Cemetery. The Rev. Tim Brown of Arden First Baptist will officiate.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Four Seasons Hospice for the loving care they provided to Johnny.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Brother Wolfe Animal Rescue, PO Box 8195, Asheville, NC 28806, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 4600 Park Rd., Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: November 19, 2019 2:00 pm

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. My Heartfelt Condolences & Prayers go out to the Deanna and the children on the loss of Johnny. I had the pleasure of working alongside Johnny for several years, Johnny was a kind, gentle man, patient and slow to anger, traits we all can learn from. He would glow as talks would turn to his beloved family, his Big Orange- Vols & Nascar . Thanks to his family for sharing Johnny with us, we are all better people because of those moments.

  2. Deanna and family,
    So sorry to read about Johnny. I will always remember his sweet smile and kind ways. Love and prayers to you as I know your heart is broken and you will miss him so much. I pray God will comfort you during the days ahead.

    Martha & Gary Maney

  3. What a great neighbor and friend. Always smiling and a kind word for everyone. So many fond memories in celebration of his life, and his wife Dee was the love of his life. What a great couple, and role model on living a life of fun! His life is an example that will continue to inspire his children and grandchildren forever!

  4. I had the pleasure of knowing Johnny for 52 years. We worked together and then after work we played together even after both of us retired we still kept in touch. My thoughts and prayers are with Deanna and all the family. RIP BROTHER


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