Phyllis Justice Mills

November 10, 2023

MATTHEWS, NC - Phyllis Justice Mills, 85, of Matthews, NC died November 10, 2023. She was born in Lincolnton, NC on September 10, 1938, the daughter of William Columbus Justice and Iva Anthony Justice.

Phyllis was a graduate of Kings Business College and a long-time member of First Baptist Church Charlotte. She worked for many years as a secretary at several local churches. Faith, family and friends were most important to her. Phyllis was blessed with the gift of hospitality, which she practiced as part of the Martha Ministry at her church. She also volunteered in the church library. Phyllis was a voracious reader, loved to travel and was a great cook.

Phyllis is survived by her husband of 63 years, Walter D. Mills; son, David E. Mills and his wife, Lesa, daughter, Elizabeth A McElrath and her husband, James; grandchildren, Connor F. Mills and his wife, Margaret, William P McElrath and his wife, Megan, David J. McElrath and Duncan E. Mills; special nieces, Gloria Klutz, Susan Colvard and her husband, Jewel Lee, Vivian Darnell and husband, Dan; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Funeral services for Phyllis will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 17, 2023, at First Baptist Church Charlotte. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow the service at Sharon Memorial Park.

Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church – Senior Adult Ministry, 301 South Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Keith Stanton

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thanks for sharing a few details of her wonderful life of giving. An example for us all. May you find peace and comfort as you mourn.

  • Joy A.

    My condolences to you and your family during this time.

  • Debbie Mills

    You and your family are in my prayers. Praying for your strength and comfort.

  • Jeff Conway

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this very difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with you.



  • David and Anna Fields

    We offer our deepest sympathy to the family during this time. You remain in our prayers for comfort and peace.

    Dave & Anna

  • Sharon Brower

    Phyllis was a special person and friend. She will be missed.