December 19, 1958May 7, 2020

William (Bill) Milks of Tucker, Georgia passed away on Thursday, May 7th, 2020 at the age of 61. He was born to John and Marilyn Milks on December 19th, 1958, in Omaha, Nebraska. He was raised on the family farm in Springfield, Nebraska.

He attended school in Springfield, while working with his father on the farm. He loved playing sports, especially football and basketball. He graduated from Platteview High School in 1977. From 1977 to 1981, he attended Wayne State College in Wayne, NE and graduated with a B.A. degree in Business Administration, playing on the football and basketball teams.

From 1982-1997, he was married to Cindy Laaker and together they had three children; Matt, Chelsea, and Mackenzie.

In 2004, he met Monica Lopez, and they were married on October 22nd, 2016 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Together, they raised two children, Sammy and Melissa. He loved to travel, and with Monica they traveled all over the world. He also loved food, whether going to restaurants on their travels, or making family recipes at home.

He worked at Teters Floral Products Company from 1985-1993, rising to Regional Manager. After that he spent the next 27 years as an entrepreneur, owning and operating various businesses in the Atlanta, GA area. Along with his wife, he owned and operated Pinnacle Cafe in Atlanta, GA at the time of his death.

Bill was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by: his wife Monica, his mother Marilyn, his three sisters; Mary McKnight, Lori Smith (Mike), and Diane Warnke (Wesley); his five kids; Matt Milks (Mackenzie), Sammy Lucero (Stephanie), Chelsea Schernikau (Owen), Mackenzie Milks, and Melissa Ponce (Martin); and his 13 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to the Milks Family Memorial, a scholarship fund that was setup to honor the memory of Bill's father. Please send to First United Methodist Church, attn: Treasurer, 480 Main St, Springfield, NE 68059, note in memo Milks Family Memorial.

A memorial will be held in Tucker, GA and another service in Nebraska 1 pm on Saturday, May 23rd. It’s going to be streamed via Facebook to maintain social distancing restrictions. Anyone wishing go watch can go to Facebook and search for: Springfield first United Methodist church and the home page should come up.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020



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Michelle Gibson

May 20, 2020

Visiting the Pinnacle Cafe was one of the first things I did when I started my job in The Pinnacle building last year. I was making a huge change in my life to take that job and Bill’s daily kindness, humor and warmth would regularly disarm the stress and nervousness that came with a big life change. Even though we don’t know each other well, Monica, the cafe you and Bill filled with life brought joy and peace to mine. I will miss Bill and remember him with much fondness and gratitude. My deepest appreciation goes to you for the space you built together and my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

Thaddeus Johnson

May 19, 2020

Hi Monica,
Very sorry to hear of your husband passing. Not sure if you remember me. I work at the sister building from you guys where your restaurant is located. I would come by each day either at the Pinnacle or the other building and get a salad! I would kid around with Bill at each visit. Bill asked me one day if I won the lottery, what's the first thing I would do. I told him I would call into my job and say "I'm calling in well!" See ya'll later! He remembered that saying each time we saw each other. I last saw both of you in March of this year, as I had not seen you since I started working from home in October 2019.
May God continue to give you and family strength, grace and mercy, during this time of solemness. Thaddeus

Rasheda Cylar

May 18, 2020

To Monica, Family and Friends,

I was shocked to hear the news about our beloved Bill. He was the host who made every customer feel like they were dining at the local community neighborhood cafe. It was just like going to the place "Where Everybody Knows Your Name," so much so that Bill once added the Rasheda Special to the menu. He kept me nourished and had my food delivered if work got too busy, preventing me from stepping away.

I loved hearing about Bill and Monica's trips. Monica, the two of you kept me laughing. Don't lose your laughter, Sis! I will be checking up on you.

I know God has His own plans . . . . But this one hurts. One thing that is not guaranteed is time. I was just thinking 2 weeks ago how I should stop by for a visit. I am sorry that I procrastinated.

REST IN HEAVEN my friend.


Barbara Collins

May 18, 2020

I will certainly miss Bill’s smiling face, cheerful personality, and positive attitude. Love this picture of him!

Bill Inniss-Tutt (The Pinnacle Secuity)

May 16, 2020

Bill#1 as I referred to him as, was a friend, co/worker and most of all, like an older brother to me...I worked with him & Monica and they ALWAYS made sure I was taken care of..Bill always made sure the tenants had my blueberry muffin available and I would clown him daily about his scowl on his face while at the register to which he would then give me a fake/pretend smile (with teeth) and say: "here, I'm smiling" and we would start laughing...He will be sorely missed around the Pinnacle building (cafe)...

Diane Kyle

May 14, 2020

Monica -

My heart breaks for you and your family! Bill always had kind words to say and wonderful humor to share. It was also clearly evident to all of us that the two of you shared a great love! You, no doubt, are in the heartfelt thoughts and prayers of many - including mine.

Chad Pigg

May 13, 2020


Bill was such a kind man that loved you dearly. When I first heard about his passing, I immediately fell to my knees and prayed as I know how much he meant to you. I pray daily for God to provide you with the strength that you need during this season of your life. We will always remember Bill as I know that he will forever watch over you.

With love,
Chad Pigg

Juanita Solomon

May 13, 2020

My prayers and love go out to Monica and all of the family. Bill was one of the positive highlights of my day along with sweetheart Monica. Just going to the pinnacle for breakfast or lunch was always refreshing because Bill was always upbeat, positive and smiling. Monica and the family will constantly be in my prayers.

Juanita Solomon


May 13, 2020

Going to the Pinnacle to pick up lunch and Bill greeting every woman with a "Hello Beautiful" and his warm smile.
My heart breaks for Monica, their children, grandchildren, and their whole family. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. I am truly sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful, kind person. He will be greatly missed.

Sheila Merritt

May 13, 2020

I work at 3445 Peachtree Rd, I frequent Pinnacle Restaurant often, Bill and his wife were always so nice.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family

Sheila Merritt


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