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Mrs. Helen Brooks Millis
Late Mrs. Millis
Included in the memorials
given in honor of the late Mrs.
Helen Brooks Millis are those
from the High Point Memorial
Hospital Guild and the Board of
Directors of the North Carolina
Mrs. Millis was one of the
organizers of the Hospital Guild,
which through the years has
made noteworthy contributions
to the local hospital. The
Zoological Board will honor her
memory in a living garden on the
grounds of the North Carolina
Zoo at Asheboro, a developing
project which she followed and
supported with keen interest.
Mrs. Millis died May 8 at her
home on Forrest Hill Drive in
High Point. Her late husband, J.
Ed. Millis, was the son of one of
the founders of Adams-Millis.
Her son, J. H. Millis, Sr., today is
Chairman of the Board and Chief
Executive Officer of Adams-
Millis Corporation. Two of her
grandsons also are with the f irm-
William B. Millis is Manager of
Plant 1 in High Point and J. H.
Millis, Jr., is Vice President of
Marketing and Product Develop
ment, both of Adams-Millis
Even in her later years, Mrs.
Millis continued to follow ac
tivities at Adams-Millis and
regularly attended shareholders’
In addition to serving as a past
president of the Hospital Guild
and the Family Service Bureau,
she also had served as president
of the High Point Junior League.
She was on the board of directors
of Adams Memorial YWCA and
was active in the local chapter of
the DAR. She served on the
organizing committee and board
of directors of the Public
Religious Education Council and
was on the board of directors of
the Guilford County Association
for the Blind. She was president
of the Midweek Garden Club, was
a member of the High Point Arts
Council, the Musical Arts Club,
the State Arts Club and was an
honorary member of the Alpha
Delta Theta sorority at High
She was a member of Wesley
Memorial United Methodist
Church where she worked-in the
Sunday school department for 12
years and was a member of the
United Methodist Women.
Other survivors include one
daughter, Mrs. Helen M. Cov
ington of High Point; seven
grandchildren and 14 great
At the end of last year, James
H. Millis, Chairman of the Board
of Directors and Chief Executive
Officer of Adams-Millis Corpora
tion, emphasized the importance
of the Corporation’s Policy
Guidelines for Business Conduct.
He also called attention to the
Corporation’s philosophy of
management, mission, and conti
This information was posted
throughout the plants,* however,
AMCO NEWS, beginning with
this issue, will publish portions of
this information so employees
may have an opportunity to read
brief portions of the information
at their leisure.
The first portion of the
“Philosophy of Management”
THIS WE BELIEVE
...that a business enterprise ex
ists not only for shareholders and
employees but also for customers
and the public in general and that
the rights, interest and obliga
tions of these groups are in
...that a proper balance of the
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I Magazine Features
James H. Millis, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
of Adams-Millis Corporation, recently was the featured “Executive
Interview” in the magazine, “TexHle Executive Forum,” which is
published in Charlotte.
A portrait of Mr. Millis was used on the magazine’s cover and the
paragraph describing the interview stated: “A year after a near-
disastrous fire that destroyed a million dozen socks in eight minutes,
Adams-Millis was rebuilt and restructured; today, they have their
customers back, and their confidence; Jim Millis’ hosiery plans in
clude some surprises in fashion and in marketing strategy. Join us as
we highlight the country’s largest supplier of family hosiery.”
Excemts from the interview follow:
At 58, Jim Millis has spent more than half his life working at Adams-
Millis Corp. Since Merrill Lynch took over the firm in 1928, leaving the
Millis family with about 10 percent of the stock, Millis was not in any
sense a shoo-in for the chairmanship, but worked at it in the op
timistically confident, friendly-but-competent manner that is his
trademark in the fiercely competitive hosiery trade.
“Every summer since the time I was 15,1 spent that time in the mill.
The only other thing I ever did was sell Saturday Evening Post and
work in a men’s clothing store during Christmas and holidays. Other
than that, my whole life has been here,” Millis says. “I don’t know
what else I could have done...from day one I was not only exposed to
the industry but I fell in love with the hosiery business. My life has
been one big adventure, but it always related back to this company
and this hosiery industry,” Millis relates.—
Millis has led campaigns in the stat ^ for the Chamber of Commerce,
the United Fund, the Boy Scouts, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the
Amateur Athletic Union, the YMCA and many other groups. He holds
directorships at Wachovia Bank and Trust, Freedom Federal Savings
& Loan, the UNC School of Business Administration, High Point Col
lege, the UNC Educational Foundation, the Great Western Coca-Cola
Bottling Co. and is chairman of the advisory committee for the N.C.
State University School of Engineering.
Millis is a Rotarian, a Mason, a Shriner and a member of six other
sporting and athletic clubs. He plays racquetbaU, golf, tennis, hunts
quail and duck, fishes for marlin, raises quarter horses and Brangus
cattle and collects antique Colt revolvers...based on his Adams-Millis
schedule alone, Jim Millis shouldn’t have enough time to change his
socks, much less participate on such a large scale.—
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Adams-Millis Commended By Hot Sox
A special award was given by
Coty, Inc., to The Hot Sox Com
pany, for 1981 and Adams-Millis
Hosiery Company has been com
mended for their work with the
Hot Sox firm.
James H. Millis, Jr., Vice
President of Marketing and Pro
duct Development for Adams-
Millis Hosiery Company, was
presented a copy of the award by
Gary Wolkowitz-President of Hot
Sox in New York City, and a copy
of the award and an accompany
ing letter are shown with this ar
The Coty American Fashion
Critics’ Award is presented an
nually to American fashion
designers whose work during the
previous year has had a signifi
cant effect on American dress.
The award was founded in 1942.
In producing hosiery products
for Hot Sox, Adams-Millis works
with Mr. Wolkovvitz who submits
THE HOT SOX CO. INC.
1441 Broadway Nm/y)xK NY 100ie(ll!)354S3tO
March 23. 1982
Adame-Millis Hosiery Oorp.
225 North Elm Street
High Point, N. C. 27261
ATISfnON: Mr. Jim Millis Jr.
■ Dear Jim:
Nothing gives us greater pleasure than to share this Award with all of those at Adans ~
Millis vrt)o helped to make it possible.
We all »Duld lUce to take this opporttmlty to extend our special feelings of gratitude
for the extraordinary efforts you have made in response to the varied and difficult
challenges we have piesented to you.
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