He received a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Richmond and his Doctor of Education from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Mills was a retired educator, having served as the first Dean of Financial and Administrative Services at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia.
He was President of Waynesburg College, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania and Cumberland University, where he retired in December of 1991.
Dr. Mills was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Virginia, and a former member of the Winchester Rotary Club. He was a Veteran of the United States Army where he served as a Corporal during the Korean Conflict and then served as a First Lieutenant in the Army Reserves.
During his tenure at Cumberland, Dr. Mills was instrumental in bringing varsity football back to campus after the program had folded in the 1950s.
He and then-Athletic Director Woody Hunt hired Metro-Nashville Hall of Fame coach Nick Coutras to lead the re-birth of the Bulldog football program.
Dr. Mills also launched the men’s soccer program as well as the sports medicine program.
"Dr. Mills was a fine Christian man and educator," Coach Hunt said. "He reminded me a lot of (former Cumberland President) Dr. (Ernest) Stockton."
Memorial services will be conducted by the Reverend Rich Reifsnyder.
Private interment will be in Westhampton Memorial Park, Richmond, Virginia, with Reverend Hugh C. Paschall officiating.
Survivors include: his wife of 55 years Ann Hollins Isbell Mills and children:
Thomas David (Roxanna) Mills of Augusta, GA and Carol Mills (Karl) Wallace of Stuart, Florida.
Also surviving are grandchildren Emily Mills, Bradley (Erin) Mills, Sarah Mills (Jody) Smith -- all of Augusta, GA, Maxwell "Max" Wallace and Katherine "Katie" Wallace, both of Stuart, FL; great grandchild Georgianna "Gigi" Mills of Augusta, GA; and twin sisters Louise Mills (Richard) Southern of Oxford, NC and Lucille Mills (Seaton) Smith of Tavares, FL.
One brother, Forrest Mills, preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to Waynesburg University, Mills /Isbell Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund, 51 West College Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 or, Cumberland University, Mills / Isbell Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund, One Cumberland Square, Lebanon, 37087 or the First Presbyterian Church, Building Fund, 116 South Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601.
Arrangements are being handled by Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. www.ompsfuneralhome.com