Millard Byrd Knowles

November 17, 1929December 15, 2011

Knowles, Millard Byrd

On December 15, 2011, Millard B. Knowles, beloved husband of the late E. Carolyn Peed; devoted father of Robin Knowles Wallace, Elizabeth Anne Phipps and Jonathan M. Knowles; loving grandfather of Laura Knowles Wallace, Grace-Anne Knowles Wallace, Rebecca Lincoln Knowles and Angelica Jane Phipps; dear brother of Grace Black and James Knowles; also cherished by his nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Schimunek Funeral Home, Inc., 9705 Belair Road (at Forge Road) on Friday from 5-8 pm. Further visitation will be held at Perry Hall United Methodist Church, 9515 Belair Road on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. at which time funeral services will be held. Interment: Gardens of Faith Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to Perry Hall United Methodist Church.


  • Visitation Friday, December 16, 2011
  • Visitation Saturday, December 17, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 17, 2011
  • Graveside Service Saturday, December 17, 2011

Millard Byrd Knowles

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January 3, 2012

Rev. Knowles and his family were at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church and friends to my parents and married us in 1971. Each year we sent a Christmas card wishing him the best in the New Year; so sorry to read of his death. Marian (Morgan)& Garry Grider

December 30, 2011

I just heard about Millard's death from a card that Robin sent me. Millard was extremely important to me as a mentor when I was his student associate pastor at Community UMC, Dayton, OH, and as a father figure since my father and I never had a strong relationship. Millard taught me so many things that have allowed me to become a pastor in today's world. I still follow Millard's practice of visiting on Sunday morning before worship anyone from the Church who is hospitalized. But the most important lesson he taught me is how to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I will never forget Millard or Carolyn, and my sympathy goes out to Robin, Beth and Jon. God bless all of you.

Gale Gebhart, Cridersville, OH

Dan Renfro

December 17, 2011

In a time where the world was pretty much fed up with me, a drug addict, alcoholic, dead beat dad. Pastor Knowles found a place for me in the church helped me fit in and showed me that Chirstians were real people and real people could be part of the Church. That was 21 years ago. Thank you Millard... God Speed
Pastor Dan Renfro

Tom McGhan

December 16, 2011

"May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"

Jeff Paulson

December 16, 2011

Millard was a man of great wisdom and could tell a Bible story better than anyone else. When he spoke you felt as if you were there right with the people of the Bible! We thank him for the many gifts he shared with those of us who were so lucky to be able to work with him in his ministry. 60 years serving the Lord, may you now rest with our Lord Jesus! Blessings to my adopted Dad and to my extended siblings. P.J.

December 16, 2011

My wife, Carol, and I have many loving memories of both Millard and Carolyn. Millard had a big impact on my life growing up. I remember many canoe trips that he led for our Explorer Post and how many of those trips had incidents and outcomes that Millard had not planned on (but we survived!). I remember especially missing a dinner my Father gave at a local restaurant to celebrate my graduation from high school because I was helping Millard with one of his projects. My Father was not happy with me when I saw him at graduation. I remember Millard had one of the first Japanese cars that I had ever seen - a Toyapet was the brand, with doors opening like the old Lincoln. He and his friend Whitey had to send to NJ for parts to keep it running. Millard married Carol and I, as he and Carolyn were also special in her life. Our prays go out to Robin, Beth and Jon in their loss. Millard will live in our hearts and memories.

Donald Kear

December 16, 2011

I will always have good memories of Millard, as we worked together on a housing project during his pastorate at Community UMC, Riverside, Ohio.