SIKESTON - Alvin Edward "Bud" Mills, 74, died at 3:15 a.m. Nov. 1, 2007, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born April 8, 1933, in Guin, Ala., to the late Jeremiah Matthew and Mary Pugh Mills, he served as a patrolman for the City of Sikeston from 1955-1958. On Oct. 12, 1958, he joined the Missouri State Highway Patrol where he served until Sept. 1, 1988, and attained the rank of sergeant. He was with the Highway Patrol from 1964-1968 in Cape Girardeau; 1968-1973 in Kennett and as zone commander in Sikeston from 1973-1988. He served during the Korean War as an Airman First Class with the United States Air Force and attended Christian Tabernacle Church.
Bud was an avid hunter and fisherman. Prior to his illness, he had been a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion and Masonic Lodge.
On March 26, 1982, in Blytheville, Ark., he married Sandra L. Teeters Hunt, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Sgt. Terry and Marla Mills of Cape Girardeau and Dwight and Pamela Mills of Dexter; three daughters and one son-in-law, Barbara Blumhorst and Deanna and Mike Linley of Sikeston and Brittany Mills of the home; one stepson, Josh Hunt of Sikeston; two brothers, William Mills of Amory, Miss. and Willis Mills of Houston; one sister, Essie Young of Modesto, Calif; 10 grandchildren, Tara Mills of Cape Girardeau, Angela Blumhorst, Blake Hurt, Breanna Hurt, Bryce Hurt, Brandon Hurt, Josie Linley, Cody Linley and Cory "Boots" Linley all of Sikeston and Ben Mills of Dexter.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one granddaughter.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Blanchard Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, with the Honor Guard provided by Missouri State Highway Patrol. Services will be conducted at noon Monday at Blanchard Funeral Chapel with the Rev. E.J. McDougall, pastor of Christian Tabernacle Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, with full military honors provided by the Missouri State Military Honors Program.
Pallbearers will be members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.