Former Wells councilwoman passes

by Cristin Parker

It was with heavy hearts, the city of Wells said good-bye to a former councilwoman last week.

Dorothy J. McMillion, 71, of Wells, passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

“Ms. McMillion served as (a Wells) council member for 10 years,” officials with the city of Wells posted on the city’s Facebook page. “She will be dearly missed.”

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 15, in Lufkin. She was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Wells.

McMillion was born Jan. 5, 1948, in Lufkin -- the daughter of Bettie (Herman) Pounds and the late Maford McMillion.

McMillion had retired from the state prison system where she had served as a guard. She also worked for the Lufkin State Supported Living Center as a clerk.

Melissa McCall, of Diboll, shared, “I’m so happy I got to work with Dorothy at the State School. She was such a lovely lady and stayed positive and was a true fighter!”

McMillion was a member of Falvey Memorial United Methodist Church and had resided in Wells most of her life.

“She was an extraordinary person and being her friend for 50 years will remain the singular event of my life,” Kate Middleton, of Priziac, France, posted on the funeral home’s memorial page.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Melanie Pounds of Wells; stepsons, Michael Flores, Troy Flores, and Gary Flores, all of Baytown; grandchildren, Seth Pounds of Florida, Tyler Jones, Aaron Kalka, Alison Jones, and Erin Jones, all of Wells; great grandson, Xander Agpalza Jones of Pollok; mother, Bettie Pounds of Wells; sister, Jerri Cartwright of Wells; stepsister, Rita Torres of Lufkin; brother-in-law, Gary Heflin of Wells; nieces, nephews and spouses, Raye Lynn and Frank Hibdon of Pollok, Steven and Alicia Monday of Wells, Leah Cartwright of Houston, Veronica and Mike Ramey, serving with the U.S. Navy in Japan, Rochelle Pounds of Lufkin, Jeremy and Amanda Pounds of Dallas, Jared Wofford of Houston; great nieces, great nephews and spouses, Heather and Creed Moore of Huntington, Dusty Goodwin and fiancée Diana Rojo of Lufkin, Matthew Courtney of Longview, Emily Monday of Wells, and Michael Liam Ramey of Japan; great-great niece and great-great nephews, Alexis Weeks, Luke Moore, both of Huntington, and Riley Dean Goodwin of Lufkin; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

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