Joseph Lee Mills was born on August 18, 1927 in Houston, Texas to Edwin and Florence Mills. Joseph passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the age of 88 in Texas City, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Rebecca F. Ernsbarger, brothers Grant, Jim and Richard D. Joe is survived by his wife Mae Mills, ex-wife Patsy Mills, sons Robert Mills and James "Rick" Mills and wife Diane, daughter Margie Morgan, sister Glyssie Berberian, sister-in-law Diane Mills, grandchildren, Joseph W. Mills and wife Sherry, James Mills and wife Melissa, Cassandra Mills Galbreath and fiance Chris, Jason Ernsbarger, 9 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe was raised in Alvin, Texas and was an avid horseman, rancher, accomplished musician and singer. He retired from Union Carbide in 1985 after 47 years of service. During his lifetime he played and sang in several bands along with his son's Bobby and Rick. He also was an avid rancher and horse trainer. Joe and Rick trained multiple quarter horses which won numerous championships. After retirement Joe and his ex-wife Patsy traveled the US, they settled in Greeneville, Texas then on the family ranch in Brenham, Texas. His children and grandchildren have many fond memories of those times.
Joe settled in Alvin, Texas with his wife Mae where he lived until his death.
A memorial visitation will be held at Carnes Funeral Home located at 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX on Saturday, August 20th, 2016. The visitation will begin at 11:00AM and conclude at 1:00PM.