Otis Mills

Otis Mills

Saturday, October 9th, 1926 - Sunday, November 8th, 2020
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Otis Mills Sr. was born in Camilla Georgia on October 9, 1926 to Jack and Rosalee Mills however he was raised primarily by his grandparents, Freddy and Ida Mills.
When Otis was a young teen, his family moved from the Camilla area, but Otis decided he rather stay in Camilla with his sharecropper grandparents. This decision was not based on his love for farming, but was influenced more by his grandfather’s new Model-T Ford which Otis was hoping to drive.
Otis a quiet young man of integrity, nurtured his faith through his regular church attendance at Friendship Baptist Church. One Sunday a month, a beautiful guest pianist named Barbara Ruth Reynolds would visit there to play. Their lifelong love relationship budded and blossomed during that time, culminating in marriage on September 22, 1951.
This union produced their first child in 1952 and prompted Otis to move north in search of a better job. He decided to catch up with his mother and siblings who had moved to Pittsburgh, PA. Here, his bother Clyde told him about job openings at Armour Meat Packing Company. Otis got the job and sent for his wife and new baby. There the family rooted and grew adding seven more children.
Otis and Barbara grounded and raised their family in the knowledge and love of God supported by their participation and attendance at various local churches. Otis was on the ministerial staff at New Jerusalem Holiness Church, then to Bethlehem Temple Church where he was active member of the Radio Choir and gained some notoriety for his rolls for the Sunday dinners. They finally joined Covenant Church of Pittsburgh where he was active in the small groups and men’s ministries. Now he’s joined with the eternal hosts of angels with our God Almighty!
To his immediate family, Otis often would make his point through an idioms and phrases; his most admired one was “You Want Horns, But You Gonna’ Die Butt Headed.” (we still don’t know what this means)
Otis was proceeded in death by his wife Barbara, his son Anthony, bother Clyde, sister Claretha, brother Nate and other half-siblings not identified. He is survived by his children Katrina, Otis (Gail), Fred (Lisa), Alphonso, Lisa, Chanel and Johnny; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and many other family and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Coston Funeral Homes, Inc.- EL
    427 Lincoln Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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  • Interment

    Friday, November 13th, 2020 |
    Friday, November 13th, 2020
    Greenwood Cemetery
    321 Kittanning Pike
    Pittsburgh, PA 15215
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Chris Mills

Posted at 03:13pm
Sending my love to not only my dad but my aunts and uncle's at the loss of Grand dad Mills. While we will all miss you, it is now the time to remember all the great memories that we enjoyed (man I miss those baskets and baskets of biscuits!) and the love that he generated.

Rest easy Grand dad and enjoy being reunited with Grandma!

Mills & Honaker family

Posted at 02:50pm
We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
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Posted at 08:21am
With our deepest condolences, Kirk, Toya, Tracy, Curtis and the Mills family.
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James Haywood

Posted at 12:17am
May peace be upon the Mills family I celebrate the life of my mothers brother and my uncle Otis Mills
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Karen L Mills

Posted at 01:22pm
To Alphonso and the Mills family:
We share in your sadness of the passing of your dad. Please know that you are surrounded by much love and prayers.
God has call him to a better resting place and he is joined with his heavenly queen "your mom". May God continue to give
you comfort and strength to get through.
Peace and Blessings,
Karen, family and friends.

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