Technical Sergeant Ruble Lee Mills, retired, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born in Hamilton, AL., August 16, 1941, the youngest child of David and Nettie Duncan Mills.
September 25, 1965, he married his soul mate and the love of his life, LaVale Kennedy. They lived together 47 years before his untimely, unexpected death.
He served 38 years in the military, retiring in 1998. he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He took great delight in watching his grandson play ball and watching, his granddaughter dance. Ruble and LaVale enjoyed relaxing together, taking day trips and watching Western movies. He was a friend to all who knew him, especially those who shouted, “Roll Tide!”
While Ruble attended Hamilton (AL.) High School, he was an outstanding athlete, excelling in football. Shortly after his graduation he joined the Air Force. he served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Ruble served eight years in the Air Force, twelve years in the Alabama National Guard and then eighteen in the Army A.G.R. Program.
While LaVale enjoyed a career with Harden Publishing, he became her publicist and business manager. He enjoyed working at the newspapers under the Harden umbrella. Ruble and LaVale were members of First United Methodist Church, Red Bay, where he served in several capacities.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 20, at Shottsville Methodist Church with Rev. Buster Timmons officiating. Burial will be in Shottsville Cemetery with full military honors. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay will be in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are his wife – LaVale Mills of Shottsville Community; two daughters – Michell Lee Mills of Hamilton, AL. and Dawn Mills Wilemon (Matt) Red Bay; two grandchildren – Anna Caroline Wilemon and Kennedy Lee Wilemon, both of Red Bay, AL.; one brother – Loy Mills (Ann) Palmyra, MI.; three sisters – Lois Tyree of Brilliant, AL., Louise Norris and Jean McCarley, both of Hamilton, AL.; several nieces, nephews and cousins and more friends than can be counted.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother – Foy Mills, his mother-in-law – Estelle Kennedy and his grandparents – Mr. and Mrs. Pope Mills and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duncan.
Visitation will be 12-3p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Shottsville Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, St.Jude Children’s Hospital or the Christmas For Kids Clothing Project sponsored by the Red Bay Lions Club.