Originally created 08/07/03

Mrs. Claudine Mills (SARDIS, Ga.)



SARDIS, Ga. - Mrs. Claudine Tolbert Mills, 92, of 820 Ellison Bridge Road, Sardis, died at her residence on August 6, 2003. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 8, 2003, at Sardis Baptist Church. Rev. Sterling Bargeron and Dr. Bill King will officiate. Burial will take place in the Sardis Cemetery. The family will receive friends at DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home in Waynesboro, Georgia, on Thursday, August 7, 2003 from 6 to 8 p.m. Survivors include two daughters, Malona Mills Dixon, Girard and Gloria Mills Saxon (Marvin), Waynesboro; and one son, William Herbert (Bill) Mills, Jr.,(Joan) Statesboro. Grandchildren are Randy Dixon, Michael Dixon, Jeanie Saxon Blackburn, Rob Saxon, Gary Mills, Billy Mills, and Dale Oglesby. Great-grandchildren are Steven Dixon, Alan Dixon, Kelli Dixon, Kimberly Dixon, David Dixon, Elizabeth Dixon, Jessica Dixon, Marcus Dixon, Jason Blackburn, Ben Blackburn, Jan Blackburn, Kyle Mills, Allie Mills, Clay Mills, Katie Mills, and Ashley Oglesby. Special friends of the family are Coach Mary Robbins, Marlene and John Hamilton, Ida Ponder, Virginia Godbee, and Alice Turner. Mrs. Mills was preceded in death by her husband, William Herbert Mills, Sr.; her grandson, David Mills Dixon; her granddaughter, Donna Susan Dixon; her sisters, Willie Mae Tolbert Johnson and Salena Tolbert Hoppe; and her brother, Ralph Harmon Tolbert. A native of Madison County, Mrs. Mills was born on August 18, 1910. She was the daughter of the late Claude Delisglise Tolbert and Cecil Malona Oldham Tolbert. After attending schools in Hull and Winterville, Georgia, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1932. She later pursued a graduate degree in the area of social work from the university. After graduation, Mrs. Mills began her career as a teacher in the Burke County School System. As a visiting teacher in 1945, she began her mission to stress the correlation between attendance and academic success. While coordinating with community agencies and resources, her efforts bridged the gaps among students, their families, and the school system. In this capacity, she impacted the lives of countless students by identifying obstacles to their educational performance and working individually with them to overcome these barriers and achieve their maximum potential. In 1970, she retired from the Burke County School System. Mrs. Mills, one of the oldest members of Sardis Baptist Church, served in many roles. At her death, she was a member of the Homemakers Sunday school class and the Hardy Women on Missions organization. Outside of the church, Mrs. Mills was active in the Beta Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international honorary organization for women educators. She also participated in county, state, and national educational associations. In addition, she was a charter member and former matron of Chapter 382 of the Order of Eastern Star. Memorials may be made to the Sardis Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 280, Sardis, Ga. 30456. Pallbearers will be Randy Dixon, Michael Dixon, Gary Mills, Billy Mills, Rob Saxon, Steven Dixon, Alan Dixon, Rickie Blackburn, and Dale Oglesby. DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle August 7, 2003