Dr. Francis Mills, center, celebrates a college sendoff moment with two young staff members, his granddaughter Caitlyn Sauls, and Noah Alexander.

Dr. Francis Mills does not just fill your undesirable enamel, he fills your ears with stories, your coronary heart with laughter and your soul with hope at every pay a visit to.

Nearly each little town has its friendly relatives corporations and lovable figures, but it probably isn’t normally that 1 of the most beloved people in city is also the area dentist. Dr. Mills, who celebrated his 75th birthday on Friday and is nevertheless heading sturdy, has been a Hampton County icon considering that 1972 and has no ideas to retire.

Even though absolutely no just one enjoys the genuine time expended in the dentist chair, most individuals glance forward to a check out with Mills. Identified for his simple “bedside manner,” he enjoys to regale his individuals with tales, jokes and one particular-liners that, when paired with a small Novocain, just appear to be to consider the ache absent.