Widow of Wayne Mills Speaks Out / Wayne Saves 5 Lives

December 15, 2013 - By Trigger  //  News  //  9 Comments

wayne-mills-carol-mills2 ½ weeks after the unfortunate shooting death of Outlaw country songwriter and performer Wayne Mills, the wife of the deceased artist is speaking about the circumstances surrounding his passing, the type of man he was, and how his death touched many lives.

“He told his mom that day that he was going to marry me,” Carol Mills told WKRN in Nashville about the first time she met Wayne in 1992 when she was just 19-year-old. Wayne was a football player for the University of Alabama, and Carol was a cheerleading instructor. “So that was actually one of my favorite memories, was the first day that we met… That’s one thing I have peace about. I know that Wayne knew how I felt about him and there is no doubt in my mind about how he felt about me and Jack.” Jack is Wayne and Carol’s 7-year-old son. “He’s my son’s hero and my hero and my best friend but it hasn’t been just my loss, it’s been a loss to many.”

Carol says the misidentification of Wayne by Nashville police for the first 9 1/2 hours after the shooting meant she was unable to be at her husband’s side for his final moments. She made it to the hospital, but emergency room personnel would not let her visit Wayne thinking the patient battling for his life was songwriter Clayton Mills, not Wayne. Carol’s sister finally pulled up a report about the misidentification on her phone. “It’s awful to think I could have had ten more hours with him,” Carol says. “Yeah, I could have been holding his hand…None of it makes sense to me. I wasn’t there, but none of it makes sense to me…Mr. Ferrell will have to carry the burden of what he did. The only thing I ask is that we try to get justice for Wayne.”

Wayne Mills Remembered In Hometown Memorial Service

Carol also spoke about the silver lining surrounding Wayne’s death. As an organ donor, Wayne was able to save the lives of 5 people.

“Wayne was just very selfless, he was always thinking about somebody else, always…He was able to save five lives and at this time of the year I can’t imagine how amazing that is that five families have been able to have more time with their love ones. To me that’s the most amazing gift. He’s given five people their life back when his was so tragically taken.”

Wayne’s kidneys, pancreas, liver and heart went to people waiting on transplants, reports The Tennessean. “It’s comforting to think that his heart never stopped beating,” Carol says. She had been receiving calls all day asking if Wayne was okay after seeing reports that a songwriter with the last name “Mills” had been shot at the Pit & Barrel bar. Carol says it wasn’t unusual for Wayne not to come home after a show, instead electing to stay with friends. It was a life very similar to that of a firefighter or a nurse the widow says. She recognizes that the loss is not just hers, and that she’s not alone in dealing with the grief.

“Through all of this I realized his life’s work was really making friends for me and Jack. Especially at this time of the year when people have their own families to think about, that Wayne touched them enough, and talked about me and Jack enough that they would want to reach out and help us, it is amazing…Continue to play his music, that’s all Wayne ever wanted was play his music. He wanted people to love what he did.”

Chris Ferrell, the man who shot Wayne Mills and has claimed self defense in his death, was indicted on 2nd degree murder charges by a Grand Jury on December 6th. He is set to appear in court on Monday to attempt to get his $300,000 bond reduced. Despite reports to the contrary, the Wayne Mills autopsy report has yet to be concluded or released.

9 Comments to “Widow of Wayne Mills Speaks Out / Wayne Saves 5 Lives”

  • This is such an amazing story Trigger. You are well appreciated. What a wonderful man this guy was. I hope that idiot gets life.


  • “It’s comforting to think that his heart never stopped beating,”
    We live in a strange time, some beautiful things comes out of worst situations. Happiness came thru sadness.
    I hope justice for Wayne Mills and peace of mind for his family.


  • Everyone should be registered as an organ donor. God bless Wayne Mills and his family.


  • Great article! Being an organ donor is so important, which I just witnessed over the weekend. My beautiful wife suffered an aneurysm Thursday afternoon, her liver, kidneys, pancreas, eyes, and tissue were harvested this morning, and will make someone’s holiday miraculous. Wayne Mills and my Sue will live on, which is pretty freaking cool.


    • Wow Scott, your comment gave me a serious gut check. Inspiring to see people meeting such tragedies with such grace, perspective, and selflessness.


      • Thanks, Trigger! Could go on & on about the last few days, but don’t want to hijack the post! Sad that Carol could not spend the last few hours of Wayne’s life with him, at least I was able to that.


  • When I Must Leave You

    When I must leave you for a little while
    Please do not shed wild tears and
    Hug your sorrow to you
    Through the years.

    Start out bravely with a gallant smile
    And for my sake and in my name
    Fill each waking hour
    In useful ways.

    Reach out your hand
    In comfort and in cheer
    I in turn will comfort you and
    Always hold you near.


  • Hang in there, Scot.


    • Thank you! Visitation was tonight, celebration of life tomorrow. Hopefully, normalcy after that! When you get a call that an organ has been placed into a recipient, it makes all the sorrow worthwhile, as I’m sure Carol Mills will readily agree. Happy Holidays to all who read SCM, and to Trigger!


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