William E. Milton

William Milton

William Ernest Milton was born on August 24th , 1945, to James and Laura Milton in
Christiansburg, Virginia. He passed into the hands of The Lord on May 23rd, 2023.
William’s family moved to Columbus, Ohio when he was very young. He attended Columbus
City Schools. He was a proud 1964 Graduate of East High (Tigers) and basketball letterman.
After high school he met his beautiful wife Marcella Milton, and they celebrated 55 wonderful
years of marriage.

William was an avid hunter in his early years and loved to spend time in the woods. He also
loved to fish and enjoyed spending time at the lake on his fishing boat. He was a talented artist,
and loved to plant strawberry patches in his garden. He doted over his children, and secretly.
loved spoiling his grandkids.

William never met a stranger, and that was evident when he walked into Kroger, and everyone.
there knew him. He loved everyone and spent the first Saturday of every month fellowshipping.
with his East High School classmates over breakfast.

William is survived by his wife Marcella Milton, two children Kim (Carlos) Smith and Keith
Milton, bonus daughter Vanessa Grant, grandchildren Kaelyn Smith, Cameron Smith, and
Preston Grant, adopted grandchildren Devan & Chaya Grant, sister Betty (Julian) Black, brother
James (JoAnn) Milton, sister Michaelle Moore, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other
relatives and friends.

He was a loving husband, father, brother, papa, and master fisherman. To know him was to
love him. He will truly be missed by all.

Condolence Messages

  1. Thomas murray

    I sorry for your loss ,, I love you Mr Milton ,,,by washing his car every day literally he taught me how important it was to value and take care of things that belong to you in life ,, rest easy buddy ,,love from the Murray’s

  2. Brenda Person Baynard

    I enjoyed our time together at the Reunion for GaryDisrtice High School you will missed RIP

  3. Our Condolences to the family. Many prayers going up . I pray God gives you comfort and peace as you all go through this trying time. We Love you all ! ❤️

  4. Ryan and Kim Jenkins

    Our deepest sympathies to Marcella, Preston and the whole family for your loss. We so greatly enjoyed the brief time we had together with Mr. Milton, and are so thankful that he was part of our lives and our son Zach’s life.

  5. Scot and Dawn Bellamy

    Our hearts are heavy with grief because of the loss of our wonderful friend and neighbor. Bill will always be remembered for his kindness and his love of family, friends, fishing, and gardening. We will forever keep him close to our hearts. Marcy, Keith, and Kim, we are praying for you as you mourn the passing of your husband/father. May the memories of Bill stay alive in your hearts in the days to come. We love you all.

  6. Glenda Lottier

    Marcella, we are sorry to hear about William’s passing. We want you to know that we are keeping you and your family in our prayers at this difficult time. ❤️
    Chester and Glenda Lottier

  7. Shirley Harper

    To Bill’s family. I knew Bill from years at Shoe Corp. He was a class act. Condolences to his family.

  8. Aletta Law Bennett

    We send our deepest condolences to you and the Milton family. William was friendly and had such a warm, welcoming smile. William touched many lives, and he will be missed.

    Greg and Aletta Law Bennett

  9. Thelma Newbill Ferguson

    Marcelle, my sincere condolences and prayers to you and your family. May God order your steps during this difficult time. Trust and Believe.

  10. Ron, Jewel & family

    Mr. Milton had a way of making everyone feel special. He was a die-hard Buckeye fan and we will miss teasing him about “our” team up North. Prayers will continue for Mrs. Milton, Keith, Preston, Kim and the entire family who loved him tenderly.

  11. Louis Jerome Price

    My sincere condolences for the loss of my cousin/brother. I loved him as so. We were close all of our lives. We were the best two on two basketball team ever to hit the Fair Playground. Rest well my Brother!

  12. Mircale Harris

    Bucky and Dipples
    May 31 2023 6:00pm

    Childhood friend will be missed. Praying for the family, God bless.

  13. The Caliver Family

    We are praying for your strength during this time. Hold to God’s unchanging hand and remember that earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.

  14. The Castleberry family

    Our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and pray are with you all during your time of grief.

  15. The Castleberry's

    Great memories growing up down the street from the Miltons. Mr. Milton will truly be missed. Prayers for Mrs. Milton, Kim, Keith and the entire family.

  16. Frank Allison/ Mary Allison


  17. Marcella I’m sorry I cannot be with you at this difficult time. Know that you and your family have my deepest sympathy. Reading the obituary reminded me so much of Fred. They loved all the same things

  18. Elder Stefanie Spencer-Casimire

    To the Milton Family,
    I offer God’s comfort and peace to you. Mr. Milton was such a wonderful man and such a blessing to know him growing up in Southfield. Please know you are in my prayers and may God keep you during your time of need.
    Love to you all,
    Elder Stefanie from Southfield Baptist

  19. Vivian Anderson

    Marcella, with condolence and Love, we will keep Praying that God will continue to keep you and your family lifted up.

    West Virginia Chapter, GDHSA
    Vivian Anderson, President

  20. I will miss our back yard chats. Such a kind man. A neighbor and friend.
    Rest in peace William.
    My sincere condolences to the entire family.

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