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George Woodruff ‘G.W.’ Millis, 92, pastor who served many Advent Christian churches

George Woodruff ‘G.W.’ Millis

WILMINGTON — George Woodruff “G.W.” Millis, 92, passed away Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at the home of his daughter and her family with whom he lived.

He was born March 18, 1925, in Charlotte, N.C., son of James J. and Neta Garrett Millis. He attended schools in New Hanover County, graduating from New Hanover High School in 1943.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, in World War II in the European Theater 63rd Infantry Division, 7th Army Headquarters and office of military government in Berlin, Germany.

He went on to graduate with a B.A. from Bob Jones University and received an M.A. in Education from East Carolina University.

He married Fannie Rabon Millis on May 24, 1952. She preceded him in death on May 19, 2012. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters and eight brothers.

G.W. taught in schools in Wilmington, N.C.; South Carolina and Georgia. He also pastored Advent Christian churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. He served as V.P. of the Georgia Conference and president of the Alabama Conference.

He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Millis Miller, and her husband, Dick, and one grandson, Ryan, all of Wilmington; as well as many nieces and nephews and extended family.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Andrews Valley Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, at United Advent Christian Church, 4912 S. College Road, with the Rev. Sam Worley and the Rev. Adrian Shepard officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Ryan Miller, Tim Abbott, Jimmy Millis, Charles Craft, Bill Millinor and Martin Heath.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice or United Advent Christian Church.

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