Worthington Basil McCager Mills, 62, who operated his own restaurant and carryout in the Farmers' Market on Florida Avenue in Northeast Washington from 1960 until earlier this year, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at Prince George's General Hospital in Cheverly.
Mr. Mills was born in Baltimore and grew up there. He served in the Army during World War II and then attended the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. He moved to Washington in the late 1940s and worked in the clothing and restaurant businesses.
In 1957, he opened his own grocery store. He started the restaurant, Mills Restaurant and Carryout, in 1960. The business remains in Mr. Mills' family.
Mr. Mills had been a Moslem since 1946. He was a member of Muhammad's Mosque No. 4 in Washington. He lived in the city until last spring, when he moved to Mitchellville to live with a sister, Ellese Spriggs.
His marriage to the former Blanche E. Milner ended in divorce.
In addition to Mrs. Spriggs, survivors include an adopted daughter, LaTanya Clomax of Oxon Hill; four other sisters, Vivian Harley and Agatha Lee, also of Mitchellville, Sylvia Tickles of Upper Marlboro, and Doris Mills of New Carrollton; three brothers, Warren Mills of Harwood, Md., Kenneth Mills of Mitchellville, and DeLanta Mills of Bowie, and three grandchildren.