Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Obituary Archives

June 14, 2013

Nelson Arlon Mills

SPANISHBURG — Born August 23, 1951 at Bluefield he was the son of the late Jack Mills and Verleen White Mills Akers.

Arlon, known as Big “A” in his younger years was a graduate of Matoaka High School Class of 1969.  He was a member of Rich Creek Baptist Church in Spanishburg.  He was a third generation coal miner and retired from his distinguished mining career as a foreman at Maben Energy in 1994.  He was a talented carpenter, always crafting beautiful one-of-a-kind cabinetry and furniture for his friends and family. One of his favorite outdoor activities was bass fishing and he was an active member of Mountain State Bass Anglers.  A quiet, strong and honorable man, he touched the lives of many friends and family. He will be missed deeply.  

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Victor Douglas Mills.

He is survived by his devoted wife and best friend of nearly 43 years, Beverly Ann Shrewsbury Mills; his loving daughter, Tracy Michelle Mills Samosky and husband Bobby of Spanishburg and his loyal son Eric Wade Mills and wife Heather of Rock; he leaves behind six precious grandchildren, Brooke, Brett, Courtney, Caitlin, Robby and Ryan.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with Rev. Ralph Calfee officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Serving as pallbearers will be Billy Bridges, Mark Horton, Jeremy Marshall, Jeff Mills, Bobby Samosky and Bruce Shrewsbury. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Goins, Brian Shrewsbury, Josh Shrewsbury and Mark Shrewsbury.

Family will receive friends Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. until the service hour at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.  To view a video tribute to Mr. Mills or send online condolences please visit


Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • Smith Thomas Carr Smith Thomas Carr

    MONROE, N.C. — Smith Thomas Carr, age 37, of Monroe, NC, formerly of Rocky Gap, VA, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 following a tree accident on his job.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Iris O'Quinn McClanahan Iris O'Quinn McClanahan

    ABINGDON, Va. — Iris O'Quinn McClanahan, age 81, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Grace Health Care.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Norma J. Meadows Norma J. Meadows

    POUNDING MILL, Va. — Norma J. Meadows, age 84, of Pounding Mill, Virginia entered into eternal rest in Abingdon, Virginia on Thursday, April 17, 2014 after an extended illness.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten, age 24, of Bluefield, VA, passed away, April 14, 2014.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harry Edward Kight Harry Edward Kight

    DEEP CREEK LAKE, Md. — Harry Edward Kight, age 89, of Deep Creek Lake, MD and Severna Park, MD, passed away on April 15, 2014 in Severna Park.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kenneth Dean Jackson Sr. Kenneth Dean Jackson Sr.

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — Kenneth Dean Jackson, Sr., Bluefield, VA, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • John Henry French

    BLAND, Va. — John Henry French, 66, of Bland, VA went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

    April 18, 2014

  • Ruth Wyatt Sluss

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — Ruth Wyatt Sluss, 80, of Bluefield, Virginia passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, West Virginia.

    April 18, 2014

  • Natalie Kirby Viars Natalie Kirby Viars

    PRINCETON — Natalie Kirby Viars, age 86, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Serenity Place, located on Browns Ridge Road, Lerona.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dennis Ray  Lawrence Dennis Ray Lawrence

    Dennis Ray Lawrence, 62, of Lewisburg, WV, formerly of Weyanoke, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo