Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Zula Mills Almond


Zula_Almond_webZula Mills Almond, 94, of Albemarle, passed away Thursday October 8, 2015 in Spring Arbor of Albemarle. Her funeral service will be 3 PM Sunday October 11, 2015 at Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Honeycutt officiating. Burial will follow in Anderson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 PM until 2:45 PM prior to the service at Stanly Funeral Home.

Mrs. Almond was born November 1, 1920 in Stanly County, N.C. and was the daughter of the late Jesse Thomas Mills and Victoria Sides Mills. She worked at Wiscasset Mill and was a member of Anderson Grove Baptist Church for 81 years. She liked to knit, crochet, garden and enjoyed flowers. Mrs. Almond and her husband loved to eat at Bojangles, enjoyed fishing and spending time at Ocean Lakes Campground, Surside Beach.

Mrs. Almond was preceded in death by her husband Joe Almond. They were married for sixty nine years. Survivors include a son, Larry Joe Almond (Donna) of Albemarle, two daughters, Jovaughn Almond Fisher (Butch) of Clover, S.C., and Beverly Joyce Almond Allen (Thomas) of Henderson, N.C.; five grandchildren, Larry Joe Almond Jr., Mitzie Dawn Almond Almond, Tina Koren Fisher Hall, William Joseph Allen, Nicholas Alexander Allen; 3 step-grandchildren, Cheryl Burr Talbert, Keith Leroy Burr, Janet Lynn Burr Pederson; seven great-grandchildren, Derek Lane Almond, McKinley Brooke Almond, Brandon Joe Wallace, Richard Lee (Rich) Almond Jr., Emily Dawn Almond, Cameron Edward Hall, Leah Jade Hall-Hernandez; seven step great-grandchildren, Matthew, Jared, John Worth, and Graham Talbert, Taylor and Michael Pederson; three nephews and six nieces. She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Grady, Cecil, Hubert Mills and male twins unnamed, five sisters, twin sister, Lula Mills Kimrey, Inez Mills Hinson, Dovie Mills Ingold, Adille Mills Ingold, and Besse Mills Mauldin, and one step great-grandson, Dalton Burr McSwain.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to American Heart Association at 4217 Park Place Ct. Glen Allen, VA. 23060, or to charity of choice.


  • Dianne Blake Loflin Posted October 8, 2015 7:52 pm

    Prayers are with the family. She was a lovely lady and I have such fond memories of her.

  • KAY HANNAH { SPRING ARBOR HOUSEKEEPER ] Posted October 8, 2015 8:41 pm


  • Michele Mills Posted October 9, 2015 3:35 pm

    I met Mrs. Almond back in April when she and I were both in the hospital. She told me some of the Mills history since my late husband’s grandfather was George Mills. You, her family have my sincere sympathy at her loss. She lived a long and happy life, and she is now with her family that went on before her. May God grant you peace today and in the days ahead.

  • Elizabeth Smith Ward Posted October 21, 2015 7:47 pm

    I have good memories of Mrs.Zula. My thoughts and prayers to her family.

    • Emi Posted December 18, 2015 8:46 am

      As a resident of NC (Raleigh), I can cofirnm that this is indeed for real and has been carried by multiple local news outlets (WRAL, NBC17, News Observer, etc.). I’m sure they think they’re being clever, but if this passes (and that could be a big IF depending on how our newly elected Republican governor wants to position himself he has been trying to play both the staunch conservative and the moderate) it will simply be a litigious waste of time and money because this would likely not stand up in a federal court.It’s getting the typical right-wing spin in the state though.Ever since the GOP made in-roads into the NC legislature, they’ve been doing a lot of this. I suspect (or maybe just hope) that we will have an eventual return to normalcy after the relatively new GOP get the crazy out of their system. Or we could be trying to race the deep-south to the bottom. Who knows?(As a primer to NC politics, the Democrats held a majority in both houses from 1896 to 2010, until the Obama-backlash hit our state.)

  • Ana Posted October 28, 2015 5:33 pm

    Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. Words alone can not ease the pain when grieving the loss of a love one. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”. May God give you and your family comfort in your loving memories and in His promise that soon we will never experience losing our loved ones in death and we will be able to see them again once they resurrected as per John 5:28-29. May these words give you a new hope, with deepest sympathy and warmth of heart.

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