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Long-time THSCC member and "favorite son", Gene Miller, passed away on October 9, 2002, after a lengthy illness. He was 63 years old.

Gene Sterling Miller, a native of Manila, Ark, served in the United States Air Force and later worked at the Holiday Inn of Goldsboro. He is survived by his wife, Susanna "Susy" Baumgartner Miller; three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Pam Jackson Miller, Marcus and Michele Miller, and David and Michel Miller of Franklinton; two brothers, James Miller and Mark Miller, two sisters, Lavonne Pelton and Ida Sander; and two grandchildren, Lauren and Ryan Miller. He had twin grandchildren on the way at the time of his death.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to

Known affectionately to the "older generation" THSCC members as "Geritol Gene" or "Mean Gene" (though there wasn't a mean bone in his body), Gene was a fierce autocross competitor, as anybody who competed with him over the years in C-Stock, C-Street Prepared, or F-Prepared can attest. He enjoyed on-track events and became an instructor in THSCC's track school program. Gene immensely enjoyed the annual THSCC golf tournament, which became known as the "Gene Miller Electric Vehicle Challenge" starting in 1998.

Gene was a big supporter of THSCC in many ways. As an avid woodworker, every year he made a new Heel-of-the-Month trophy for the club. And in 2002, he made the grid lane markers, completing them after receiving the diagnosis of his illness. He wrote poems, one of which only used words starting with the letter "T", as in Tarheel! He wrote songs about THSCC. He towed the equipment trailer to events, and sometimes made "safety" runs with his pickup truck. When Gene designed a course, there wasn't one cone left over. He made innumerable fun runs. But, above all, Gene always had time to help his friends.

Perhaps Gene summed it up best, in his submission to the 2000 THSCC Directory:

"Aha! Time to blow my own horn -- FTD in the rain on R1s. Did 360 spin in a busy Hardee's parking lot with Tarheel witnesses (priceless). Designer of the Official THSCC Flag and author of the Official THSCC Anthem. Believed to be the All-Time Record Holder for Most Fun Runs. Believed to be the oldest active autocrosser in the Club, perhaps the universe!"


Rest assured, friend, we will burn some rubber for you.

August 28, 1945 - March 6, 2002

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On March 6, 2002, Tarheel Sports Car Club lost one of its dearest and most faithful family members.

John Mullis joined THSCC in 1994. From that time until his death, John was always there to offer his support to both the club and any member. As president of Jamestowne Homes, Inc.®, John was a long-time sponsor of THSCC and his assistance was instrumental in getting the THSCC Time Trial series off the ground in 1999. John enjoyed his friends greatly and opened his home often as a place for us all to gather and have fun together. We will always remember John for his warm smile, his graciousness, and his gentle and generous heart.


"Apex--John A. Mullis age 56, died suddenly and peacefully March 6, 2002, at Wake Medical Center. He was born August 28, 1945 to Thad McCoy Mullis and Virginia Broyhill Mullis Armfield. He is survived by his mother; his wife, Georgianne; two brothers, Thad McCoy Mullis, Jr. and Leon I. Mullis; one sister, Virginia Maria Mullis; two sons, John M. Mullis and T. Mack Walsh; three daughters, Jan M. Cooper, Virginia "Ginny" Mullis, and Alicia W. Toomey; and two grandchildren, Justin and Christoper Cooper.

John was the president and founder of Jamestowne Homes, Inc. and built many beautiful homes in and around the Raleigh/Durham area. He took great pride in his work and put his heart into every home he built. His work has won many Parade of Homes awards and was featured in Triangle Home Ideas. He was also a Board Member of the Home Builder's Association for Durham and Chapel Hill and served as an officer for several years.

He was an active member of Genesis United Methodist Church and loved singing in the church choir. John was also a member of the Tarheel Sports Car Club and loved racing.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, at the Cary Funeral Home, 3700 NW Cary Parkway.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2002, at Genesis United Methodist Church, in Cary. There will also be a burial service 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2002, at the Blue Ridge Cemetery, in Lenoir, N.C.

Donations may be made to:

Arrangements by Cary Funeral Home."


THSCC has acquired a limited number of vinyl bumper stickers to display on our cars in memory of our dear friend. They are $5.00 each and proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity in John's name. If you knew John and would like one of these vinyl stickers, contact Mark Vitacco for more information.

John was a Miata lover, owning both a 1993 black supercharged and 2002 "vivid yellow". In addition to autocrossing and running track events with THSCC, in the mid-'90s, he was also a member of the Tarheel Miata Club with whom he often enjoyed caravanning his Miata on beautiful road trips. We know John was smiling on March 9, 2002, as he looked down on six top-down Miatas of THSCC and family members caravanning for him one more time from Cary to his final resting place in his hometown of Lenior.

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Friend, we miss you greatly.
Rest in peace, John Mullis. We love you.