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Carolyn Buttles Mills

August 13, 1947 December 29, 2017
Carolyn Buttles Mills
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Obituary for Carolyn Buttles Mills
Carolyn Buttles Mills, 70, of Jackson, Mississippi, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017, at home. Carolyn was born on August 13, 1947, in Huntsville, Alabama. Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents Mary Nell Fatheree and Earl Buttles, as well as her stepfather Mac Fatheree. Carolyn is survived by her husband of forty-seven and a half years, Jerry L. Mills; her daughter Katherine (John) Scanlon; her son Stephen Mills; and her beloved grandchildren, Connor Scanlon, Nathan Scanlon, Emma Mills, and Benton Mills. Carolyn is also survived by her sister, Rebecca Buttles of Atlanta, Georgia.
Carolyn grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and attendedthe University of Southern Mississippi, earning her B.S. in 1969 and M.S. in 1970; thereafter, she attended law school at the University of Mississippi earning her J.D. and was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1973. While at Ole Miss, she was a member of Delta Theta Phi. Carolyn served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Mississippi from 1976 to 1988 and specifically as attorney for the Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and the Mississippi Board of Nursing. During her time with the Attorney General’s office, Carolyn was named head of the Universities Division. After leaving the Attorney General’s office in 1988, Carolyn joined her husband, Jerryin private law practice. Most recently, she practiced with Ed Pittman, Brad Dye, her husband Jerry, and their son-in-law John Scanlon in the law firm of Pyle, Mills, Dye & Pittman representing the cities of Ridgeland and Byram, as well as numerous other municipalities throughout the state.
Carolyn enjoyed travel and the theater, spending time with family and friends, and cherished especially the time she spent with her grandchildren.
Her longtime friend Patty Mitchell said about Carolyn: “She was one of the most generous people I’d ever known. She was my one friend who wasn’t on Facebook, didn’t do email, didn’t text, or have voice mail, but we always managed to communicate somehow. She loved her daughter Katherine and son Stephen so much and was willing to help them out any way she could, but her four grandchildren stole her heart, and she would always tell me how much she adored them.”
Carolyn was a member of Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson. A private interment will be held for the family at the church. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “CARA,” the Community Animal Rescue and Adoption, or the American Cancer Society.
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