1944 – 2023
Daniel Eugene “Gene” Mills of Loris passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8. He was 78.
Born May 29, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland, he was a son of the late William Carl and Eva Spivey Mills. Mr. Mills was a member and former deacon of First Baptist Church in Loris, and he loved Jesus above all. He was also a long-time member of the Jaycees and the Masons.
Mr. Mills was the owner and operator of Wolpert’s Department Store. He began his career there in 1962 and became owner in 1991. He was awarded Retailer of the Year and Business of SC on multiple occasions.
Mr. Mills loved Loris; he was a Blue Pride member who was very supportive of the Loris athletic programs. Mr. Mills mentored to high school students by offering them jobs in his store. He served on the advisory board for Horry County Schools and various committees in the community.
During his free time, Mr. Mills enjoyed fishing, golfing, and going to Carolina Panthers and Loris High School football games.
Mr. Mills was a loving, caring, and humble man who loved to give to those in need, and was a huge supporter of his community. He will be missed dearly.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Bonnie Cox Mills; two children, Tony Mills (Amanda) and Gigi Fowler (Chuck); four grandchildren, Cameron Mills, Hannah Mills, Riley-Brooke F. Doyle (Adam), and Nick Fowler; and two sisters, Dianne Mills Grate and Janice Mills Foley.
Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at First Baptist Church in Loris with Rev. Mack Hutson and Rev. Lebron Crisp officiating, burial following at Twin City Memorial Gardens.
Family planned to receive friends during the hour preceding services in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Loris First Baptist Church, 3117 Main Street, Loris, SC 29569 or the American Cancer Society here.
A guest register is available here.