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The Reverend Grady Watson Mills II of Savannah, Georgia passed away on March 28, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He was born in Millen, Georgia on June 17, 1943, to Ellis Willard Mills SR. and Myrtle Jenkins Mills. Raised in Waynesboro Georgia, he graduated from Waynesboro High school in 1961.

While in high school Grady was the drum major for the marching band. With such creativity and talent, he excelled at twirling the fire Baton enjoyed dancing and parades.

After high school, Grady received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Valdosta State University. He then received his Masters of Christian Education from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. While in Atlanta he served as youth pastor at Sardis United Methodist Church. It was here he met his bride to be, Brenda Gail Cook of Atlanta. The two wed on August 23, 1968. He spent the following three years as a Lieutenant in Infantry, including a year in Vietnam with the United States Army.

Grady served full time ministry for 22 years in the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church: Perry United Methodist, Vineville United Methodist, and White Bluff United Methodist. He spent five years in the Florida Conference serving First United Methodist Church Winter Park, and 7.5 years in the South Carolina Conference serving St. Paul United Methodist Church, Florence.

During his time in ministry, he served as Minister of Christian Education, serving both children and adults.  While at Vineville UMC he developed a senior adult program called, “The Grady Bunch”. While A senior program was also begun at Winter Park.  One of his favorite foreign missions was in Zimbabwe.

Someone once said of Grady, “what he does and what he contributes to a church doesn’t quite fit into any neat category. Grady is sort of a presence, a catalyst, a center. An atmosphere in which creativity occurs, not always with measured organization, but invariably with excitement.”

Grady leaves behind his wife Brenda; two children, Jennifer Elizabeth-Mills Godwin (Bobby) of Brooklet and Christopher Lyle Mills (Allison) of Savannah; four grandchildren, Chelsea Renee’ Godwin and Brandon Wesley Godwin of Brooklet, Christian Aiden Mills and Cameron Brayden Mills of Savannah;  a brother, Ellis Mills (Polly) of Savannah, and sister Cynthia Mills Roberts (Woody) of Barnesville.  Also 12 nieces and nephews.

The passing of Reverend Grady W. Mills II from this life is felt by the many whose lives he touched in meaningful ways. His physical presence will be deeply missed.

The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 o’clock Tuesday morning, April 5, 2022, at Asbury Memorial Church – 1008 East Henry Street.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning, April 5, 2022, at Asbury Memorial Church conducted by the Reverend William G. Hester. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to Asbury Memorial Church – 1008 East Henry Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401-7128, The American Cancer Society – Suite 102, 4849 Paulsen Street, Savannah, Georgia 31405-4424, and The Savannah Theatre’s Tickets for Troops – 222 Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.

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  1. Cecil & Rebecca Hickman says:

    Brenda, Jennifer, & Chris, we were saddened to hear of your loss. I have such fond memories of Grady & our many wonderful adventures at Grandmama & Granddaddy’s when we were young. Our thoughts & prayers are with you during these difficult times.


    Chris and Allie , I am so very sorry for you loss. Thinking of you and praying for your family. God Bless.

    Crystal Norris
    CES Finance

  3. Becky and Netta Lacy says:

    So very sorry to hear that Grady has passed. He was a good man with a good heart.

  4. Wendy Hester Ciccodicola says:

    Dear Brenda, Chelsea and Family – So very sorry over the passing of our special, Grady. He will be sorely missed. Always thought Grady and Billy’s connection both being graduates of the drama department of Valdosta State University was so extra special. For both to go into Ministry and end up together at Asbury was incredible. Grady’s love and compassion ministering to others meant so much. He was so creative. Using his talents and vision turning our Church’s Flower Ministry into an extremely meaningful Ministry will always be remembered. Thoughts and Prayers are with You.
    Love Always…

  5. Lois Humphries says:

    Brenda, I am so sorry for your loss of Grady. I remember fondly his years at St Paul. His contributions to so many will long be remembered. I am so grateful for being his and your friend.

  6. philip Springer says:

    Grady always had a talent for bringing family and friends together, making everyone welcome. I hope your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time…..

  7. Jimmy Watkins says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you as you grieve.Youre in my thoughts and prayers

  8. Meredith Swinford says:

    Mrs. Mills, Jennifer, Chris and family-
    I’m so sorry to hear of Grady’s death. He was one of those trusted figures from my childhood at WBUMC. I’m grateful for his lessons and example. May God grant you comfort and warm memories (and hopefully some funny stories) amidst your grief.

  9. Joan Hester Byrd says:

    Grady was born in Waynesboro, GA – I was too – but no connection. Grady was Grady Mills – My Grandmother was Lula Mills – but no connection. But Grady’s pleasant smile, his positive nature, his interest in you and your needs was his way of sharing the love of Christ – ‘that’s a Connection’. Thank you, Grady.

  10. Mary Boatright says:

    My deepest condolence to BRENDA and the family. Grady was in College with my husband. We have been friends for many years. Grady never met a stranger he didn’t like. He was a true and gracious friend. May God grant peace, to his beautiful family and his Church Family members.

  11. Joanne Jensen says:

    So sorry to hear of Gray’s passing. My you find comfort in your memories and the love he had for you.

    Joanne Jensen

  12. Caroline Herring Neal says:

    Thinking of you and sending peace.

  13. Pat Blount says:

    Brenda, Whit and I have fond Waynesboro HIgh School memories of Grady. We are thinking of you and your family as you remember and celebrate his life.
    Pat Blount

  14. Ronald Culpepper says:

    |Brenda and family our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you adjust to the lost of such a giving and loving Christian man. our days at White Bluff together with great and exciting days. please be in tough in the days ahead.
    Ronnie Culpepper

  15. Jim & Sharon Brown says:

    Chris, Allie,Cynthia,Brenda, We were so sorry to hear about grady. Just know we are thinking of you at this difficult time. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss

  16. Barbara Ann Griffin says:

    Praying that God will comfort you all hearts during this time of sorrow.

  17. William Peterson says:

    Grady will certainly be missed here on this twirling orb, now joining the heavenly chorus.
    Sending love to Brenda and the family.
    We will all miss you dear Grady.
    You were always there with understanding and a kind word.

  18. David Haygood says:

    Brenda and family, we send our love and prayers for you. We have fond memories of Grady and his service in South Georgia.

  19. Joye Gay Percival says:

    I have such fond memories of Grady when he served as our Youth Pastor for several summers at First Methodist in Waynesboro. Grady was always filled with faith, fun, and creativity. I’ve no doubt he will be missed by many. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

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