Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Senior Master Sergeant Stacy Mills, United States Air Force, Ret.

Stacy Mills was born on February 23, 1928 in Pineville, KY and passed away on April 14, 2012 at the age of 84.

"Stacy's early life was difficult, growing up in a small rural Kentucky mountain town.  He began working at the age of seven, chipping bricks used to build a local theater where he eventually worked.  Returning home late every night he always provided his earnings to his family to help with living expenses.  He later worked at the local theater until he joined the Army and later the Air Force.  While in the Air Force he supported his family back in Kentucky.  Always generous with his time, money  and possessions, Stacy never felt like he had or owned anything that could not help someone else.  Throughout his working career he always approached his duties with honor and integrity.  He instilled the value of hard work, persistence, diligence and the importance of education to his children, family and friends.  An intensely private person, Stacy leaves his family with an enduring indelible legacy of love for family, above all else, the importance of selfless generosity, education and compassion for others.  For that we are blessed to have known him as our beloved husband, father and grandfather." 


                   Teri Doluisio, Stacy's daughter

Stacy proudly served his country in the Army and the Air Force for over 22 years, retiring with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.  At the time of his death, he was a resident of Leander, Texas.

On April 18 an interment service was held at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.  When the family and arrived there, they were welcomed by fifty American Flags blowing briskly in the easterly wind, and by the Patriot Guard Riders.

After the flag draped casket was moved from the hearse to the committal shelter, the Riders formed a line of flags along the front of the shelter as full military honors were rendered by the United States Air Force Honor Guard.

The flag that draped the casket was carefully folded into the traditional triangle  and passed to a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer.  The detail of three rifles fired three volleys of fire, representing Duty, Honor and Country.  The Air Force bugler played taps.

The folded flag was then presented to Stacy's dearly beloved wife, Nancy, on behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, for the faithful and dedicated service of Stacy to his country.



 

The service concluded with the mournful song, Amazing Grace, played by a bagpiper as he marched off to the horizon.

















Senior Master Sergeant Stacy Mills was then laid to rest.  Left to cherish his memory are his wife, their children, Shane, Greg, and Teri, their spouses, six grandchildren and numerous other dear family and friends.

With thanks to Wrench Funeral Home for additional biographical information and photo.

2 comments:

  1. Betty O'NealMay 25, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Teri, this is amazing. You did your DAD proud. It was such a moving ceremony and fully deserved.

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  2. Teri this was beautiful. Your Mom looks so good, I hope I look that good when I am fifty! Ya'll did your Dad proud. I wish I could have been there but I promise you, I was there in spirit. I love you and your family. Please tell your Mom I think of her always. Love ~ Becky LaBanca Barnes

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