OBITUARY

Rachel C Milner

December 23, 1918November 15, 2019

Rachel Cranford Milner was born on December 23rd, 1918 to Rev. Jack Cranford and Bessie Cranford of Covington County, Mississippi. Visitation will be held at Lakewood Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM followed by a funeral service in the chapel.

Rachel attended Jones County Junior College and received her bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Mississippi College. She was married to Dr. Herman Milner in 1941. Together, they served churches in full-time Christian ministry for 36 years with their longest tenure of service at Van Winkle Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi from 1945 to 1978.

Rachel’s calling to the gospel ministry expanded over a period of seventy years. She taught Sunday School, served in the Women’s Missionary Union, and authored “God’s Revelation in Survey,” (an expanded outline of the Holy Bible). She also taught English and Bible in both the public and private school systems. After the death of her husband, Herman, Rachel volunteered with the Mission Service Corps in Tulsa, Oklahoma through the Southern Baptist Convention. After the relocation of Van Winkle Baptist Church, she became an active member of Park Hill Baptist church where she taught Sunday School.

Rachel died peacefully in her sleep at Willow Creek Retirement Center on November 15th,2019. The family is grateful to the staff at Willow Creek for their professionalism and care during her years there.

Rachel is survived by her three children: Clara Lee Gore (Billy), Herman Milner, Jr. (Anita), Rachel Elizabeth Greene (John); her seven grandsons: Steve Gore, David Gore, John Gore, James Milner, David Milner, Philip Greene and Michael Greene; her nieces and nephew: Carolyn Cranford Bowman, Beth Mitcheltree Burns, Linda Weems Mohan; Bill (Sonny) Weems; her brother-in-law: Jimmy Milner. She was the proud great-grandmother of 16 beautiful great-grand-children.

Though she will be missed by her friends and family, we rejoice that she is in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It was Rachel’s passion to share the love of Christ, who died for our sins on the cross and for all to receive Him as their Lord and Savior.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkhill Baptist Church at 48626 S. McRaven Rd, Jackson, MS 39204.

Please visit lakewoodfuneralhomes.com for online guestbook.

  • FAMILY

  • Rachel is survived by her three children: Clara Lee Gore (Billy), Herman Milner, Jr. (Anita), Rachel Elizabeth Greene (John); her seven grandsons: Steve Gore, David Gore, John Gore, James Milner, David Milner, Philip Greene and Michael Greene; her nieces and nephew: Carolyn Cranford Bowman, Beth Mitcheltree Burns, Linda Weems Mohan; Bill (Sonny) Weems; her brother-in-law: Jimmy Milner. She was the proud great-grandmother of 16 beautiful great-grand-children.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Memories

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Dr Ray Henry

November 19, 2019

While Shirley and I were attending MC in 1970-71 we were members of Van Winkle Baptist Church. Rev. Herman and Rachel Milner were our mentors. They taught us young preacher boys and wives how to do SA work, witness and preach. Bro Milner gave the preacher boys one Wednesday night out of the year to preach. I was ordained at Van Winkle Baptist Church on Nov.1,1970. I have been in the ministry now 50 years, 30 years here at Belvedere Baptist Church in West Palm Beach,Florida. Rachel Milner was the backbone of a lot the training of young couples at Van Winkle Baptist. She has gone to her reward and to join Herman. Thanks for all you and that church for all you mean to me.-Dr Ray Henry

Larry and Jeanie Herndon

November 18, 2019

Thank you Milner family for making this available. There isn't enough space to put in this little box about your mom and dad and the influence they had on our lives in the beginning of our ministry. They taught us so much about how to do ministry and were always available for each of us. We are a very blessed family to call them our friends and we thank God for the life changing impact they had on our lives.

Dona Watson

November 17, 2019

I remember meeting your sweet mother. What a wonderful memory. I know you will miss her and how precious when we see her again. My deepest condolences Beth, to you and all of your family.
Love and prayers,
Dona

Rhonda Trent

November 16, 2019

Many prayers for you all during this time. May God bless and grant peace and comfort. So very sorry for your loss.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY