James Lewis Mills, 61, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 22, 2019. Jim was born on December 26, 1957 in Birmingham, Alabama to Charles and Bettye Mills. He married his best friend and sweetheart Donna on June 14, 1981 and together they raised two beautiful daughters and have two wonderful grandchildren. He attended multiple colleges and universities through the years and received a degree in Christian Studies from Luther Rice College and Seminary in 2011. He worked professionally in the Information Technology field for more than 30 years before retiring to devote himself full-time to Christian service. Since then he has been a Sunday School Director, Worship Leader, the Pastor of a small congregation in the suburbs of Atlanta, and most recently the Founder and Pastor of UpStream Ministries, an online non-profit dedicated to sharing the Gospel message with the world. Jim had a passion for telling people about the hope that could only be found in Jesus Christ. In fact, in our sorrow and suffering over his recent passing, it is this lasting hope that gives us comfort and peace, knowing we will one day see him again. He was a wonderful and loving man who always put the needs of others ahead of his own. He loved his family so well and so deeply and he will be greatly missed by many. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Charles, and his brother Jeff. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Donna, daughters Holli Hughes (and husband Curtis) and Courtni Tresemer (and husband Tom), grandchildren Jackson Hughes and Madeline Hughes, mother Bettye Mills, niece Ashley Bell (and husband Jeremy) and nephew Allen Mills (and wife Alex). The family will receive friends and relatives on Thursday, July 25 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, followed by a memorial service at 3:00 PM at Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The family will hold a private interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to UpStream Ministries are appreciated to further the work and outreach of his ministry. Donations can be made in person at the memorial service or online at: https://www.gofundme.com/honoring-jim-mills

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  1. Our deepest sympathies to you Donna & your family. We wish you love and strength through this difficult time. We love you very much and God bless.

  2. Donna Kay, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers. I love you cousin ❤️

  3. Donna Kay,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you. I love you cousin ❤️

  4. Jim will be missed. So many words and expressions could describe Jim: a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, friend and many more as the many who knew him know. But the one I know he most loved is a servant of the Lord and Love of his life, Jesus.

  5. So many memories come to mind of our shared childhood with so many loving relatives around, but your kindness and gentle spirit has always shone thru everything you set your hands to. Rest now Jim, you are home. We will miss you and always love you.

  6. To know Jim was to love him. Sweet memories of times being together will always be with me. My heart cry’s with Donna and the family and his sweet mom Bettye. Sending prayers and love as you go though this time in your life. A sad day for us but I know Jim is rejoicing and one day we will meet our family and rejoice also

  7. DearDonna, Courtney, & Holly,
    Our prayers are with you. Jim was the kindest man I’ve ever known. I know that your hearts are broken. We love y’all!

  8. Dear Donna, Courtney, & Holly,
    Our prayers are with you. Jim was the kindest man I’ve ever known. I know that your hearts are broken. We love y’all!

  9. I am thinking of you Courtni and Ashley and praying for your family during this time. Sending love and hugs to everyone. Heaven gained an angel this week!

  10. To the Mills Family. My heart breaks for the loss of this wonderful man. Courtni and my daughter are friends. I did not know Jim or any other members of your family, but can see His love that has come through Donna and Jim to Courtni. My prayers continue for all of you.

  11. Donna my thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family. Jim was a fantastic person. He will always have a place In our hearts for marrying Ricky and Erin.

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