Fred N. Millsap Jr., a longtime Roswell resident, passed away Dec. 2. He was born Aug. 14, 1924, in Paris, Texas, to Fred and Josephine Millsap. At 17, he enlisted and served in the 504th division of the 82nd Airborne in WWII as a paratrooper in the airborne artillery. He served in North Africa and Southern Europe and earned a Purple Heart and European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal after being wounded at Anzio. After serving, he met his love, Jean Davis, in Bay Minette, Ala., and they married after a three-month courtship on March 12, 1946.
Fred graduated from Texas A&M in 1949, as a proud Aggie. He served as a landman for Atlantic Richfield and was vice president of Land for Anderson Oil in Roswell and Denver. After retiring from Anderson Oil, he was a consultant for Armstrong Energy Corp. He was a certified professional landman and a life member of the American Association of Professional Landmen. He and Jean split their time between Roswell and their condo on Dauphin Island, Ala., where he loved watching the water and the oil rigs in the Gulf.
He was devoted to his family, who affectionately called him‚ “Gandy.” He enjoyed doting on his wife and spoiling his daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and urging them to finish their lunch so they could go play in the pool with him. He had discerning tastes — mainly including steak, potatoes, Tabasco, peanuts and black jelly beans. They had recently moved to Mobile, Ala., to be closer to their daughter.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; his daughter, Dee Smith, and her husband, Marc; his grandson, Brian Milstead, and wife, Carrie; his granddaughter, Melissa Milstead; his great-granddaughters: Jazin Milstead and Jayde Belcher; and many dear friends.
Military services will be held at a later date. information can be found at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home (mobilememorialgardens.com). The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org or 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005) or a charity of your choice.