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James L. Mills


Sunrise: January 1, 1959

Sunset: September 22, 2020

With deepest sorrow, we announce that James (Sugar Lump) Mills, age 60, beloved son, brother, father, family member and friend passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 after a long illness.

Those who knew James, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.  James was born November 1, 1959 in Portsmouth, VA to Herman and Lucille Mills. He was educated in the Portsmouth Public School System. He was an employee of the Portsmouth Gas Company before relocating to Washington, DC where he held several positions. His favorite past time was working on cars.

James had a passion for Women, Wild Irish Rose, and Newport’s.  He was quite the lady’s man, in which he coined the phrase ‘love will fix it’. He always found a way to celebrate life every day.  He was grumpy at times but had a heart of gold and was always protective of those he loved. All the kids adored him; he was ‘uncle lump’ to them all.

James is survived by his mother, Lucille Mills of Portsmouth; Daughter, Sharonica Wilkins of Washington, DC; sisters, Anita Scott (David) of Portsmouth, VA, Janice Hill (James) of Rocky Mount, NC; Brothers, Herman Mills, Jr. of Boykins, VA, John Mills (Carmen) of Fort Washington, MD, Ronald Mills (Verna) of Portsmouth, VA, Kerry Mills of Portsmouth, VA, and Wayne Jones of Richmond, VA; Grandkids, John, Jaquan, and Jeremiah Proctor of Washington, DC.; aunts, Marie Rawlings, Maryland, Shirley Warren, Richmond VA; loving cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

He is predeceased by his father, Herman Mills.

Viewing Friday, October 2, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Lincoln Cemetery 3901 Deep Creek Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23702 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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