Carvel Mack Mills, 90, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, with his wife by his side. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, April 22 at St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church in Midland.
Carvel was born Feb. 7, 1929 in Floresville to Malcolm and Florence Mills. He played football for the Floresville High School Tigers and earned all-district. He played in the Floresville High School band, which won many statewide honors as well.
Carvel received his Bachelor of Science degree in music education, from Howard Payne University in Brownwood in 1950. Howard Payne remained dear to Carvel throughout his life because of the opportunities he received there.
He married Millowee Adams on Dec. 12, 1953 and they had two daughters. He was a band director before moving to Midland and starting his insurance business.
He worked in life insurance sales and estate planning for more than 50 years qualifying for the Million Dollar Round Table many years and was President of the Texas Leaders Round Table. He was a saxophonist for the jazz groups, Sound Investment and Down Jones Average, and entertained many people in the Permian Basin with his musical talent. He was an active member of the Midland Rotary Club, Midland Exchange Club, and The Recording Library of West Texas. He was a founding member of the West Texas Jazz Party. He was a longtime donor, strong supporter and volunteer for United Way of Midland. He was a charter member of Memorial Christian Church and voluntarily directed the choir for a number of years.
Two years after Millowee's death, Carvel married Nelda Rasure on August 4, 2007.
He is survived by his wife, Nelda Mills; two daughters, Linda Rogers and Sara Martin, both of Lewisville; five grandchildren, Rashel Hamilton, Angie Kemp, Adam Martin, Andrea Martin Souders, and Melinda Martin; eight great-granddaughters, Madeline Hamilton, Caroline Hamilton, Abbie Kemp, Katie Kemp, Olivia Martin, Audrey Martin, Callie Souders, and Emily Souders; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Millowee Mills; one brother, Everett Mills; and one sister, Allene Liming.
The family is extremely grateful to Hospice Midland and Visiting Angels for their loving support.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Howard Payne Scholarship fund or Midland Christian School.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory in Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.