In Memory

Jesse Robert (Robbie) Mills

March 14, 1954 - Feb. 17, 2015 EDMOND 

Jesse Robert Mills traded his earthly existence for a better life on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Born March 14, 1954, in Edmond,

Rob or Robbie, as those close knew him, was raised in Edmond. As a little tyke, he had coffee most mornings with his Grandpa Johnson, whom he loved dearly. In turn, he was the apple of his grandpa's eye. He was an only child, but besides his parents and grandparents, he was also dearly loved by his Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Paul Byers.

During his youth, he played football and graduated from Edmond High School. He loved music, was an avid fisherman and loved all things outdoors. During his adult life, he worked as a mud engineer and land tech. Later in life, he followed somewhat in his beautician mother's footsteps and served as a barber.

Rob had a great personality, was very caring and will be remembered for his love of family. After many years apart, he and his mother were both looking forward to a reunion just weeks away when he met his untimely death due to several health issues. His remains were cremated so he could be buried with his beloved mother, who was expected to soon follow.

"Why" was his favorite word when he was little. He now knows "Why," while the rest of us must wait to know why they were kept apart when they were so close to being reunited. But we rejoice that they are now together again.

Robbie was preceded in death by his father, Harold Dempsey Mills; grandparents, Henry Washington & Mary Elizabeth Johnson; most of his aunts and uncles; and first cousins, Harold "Pete" Byers, Paula (Johnson) Baker, and Tom Byers. He is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Mills, of Edmond; and a host of cousins and friends.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at 9 a.m. at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond, OK.

Published in The Oklahoman on July 19, 2015