Mildred Milner was born on October 11, 1925 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She was the eldest of two children born to Zella and Richard Harris.
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She attended the public schools in Stone Mountain, Georgia and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior early in life. She joined the Bethsaida Baptist Church in Stone Mountain and attended faithfully until her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. After her move to the city, she attended Booker T. Washington High School. Following high school, she met and married Jack Milner and five children were born to this union.
For many years, she was a dedicated member of the Greater Moses Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, where she served faithfully as an usher. When her oldest son founded the Chapel of Christian Love Baptist Church, she transferred her membership and wholeheartedly embraced his ministry.
At the Chapel, she served on the Senior Usher Board, the Mother's Board, and the Pastor's Aid Club. She was also instrumental in helping to develop the church's ministry to the homeless. For many years, she and others would gather in the church's kitchen to prepare over 200 meals daily for those persons experiencing hunger. In 1988 she helped to establish and volunteered service at Odyssey III, a non-profit agency established by the Chapel of Christian Love to serve the needs of the homeless. She also extended her culinary skills by contributing many hours of service preparing meals for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home.
Her prize possessions included a letter and autographed certificate that she received from President Barack Obama on her 90th birthday. She proudly displayed both items in a prominent place in her home for all to see.
Mother Milner loved music-especially the songs from the Big Band era. She was well read and enjoyed reciting poetry. She was also an advocate for education. She ensured that all five of her children finished high school and encouraged them to pursue and complete higher education in their chosen fields. But most of all she loved the Lord, her church and her family.
Mother Milner was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Milner; sister Mary Smalley; grandson, Joshua Dunlap III; and her great granddaughter, Jayla Gillette Myers.
Those left to cherish her memory are her five children: Jacqueline Dunlap (Joshua); Rev. Dr. James Milner (Janice); Gwendolyn Foston (John); Elaine Ford (Bob); and Victor Milner (Lurlene). Her grandchildren: Patrina, Sherri, Cassandra, Derwin, James II, Jenay, Brian, Eric, Taurin, Takiyah, Kerri, Lauren, Tiffani, and Terrence; two goddaughters Valerie Holt and Rebecca Green; 31 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.