Randolph Nero Mills served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
Mills died April 10, 2012. He was 81.
He was born on May 28, 1930. He was the sixth child of the late William and Marion Mills.
Mills was educated in the Philadelphia public school system and joined the Army in 1947. He was wounded while battling in the Korean War. His heroic efforts earned him the Distinguished Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Medal and the Korean Service Medal.
Upon his return home from the service, Mills courted his childhood sweetheart Constance Browning. They later married, and from this union five children were born. He and Constance raised and reared their five children in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. After his marriage with Constance was dissolved, he later married Vivian Alexander and they became a blended family with her three children.
His family said he was a hardworking, reliable, responsible and wise man who had a quiet demeanor. He would organize all of the family gatherings. He would be the only one taking photographs making him the family photographer. He loved jazz, Frank Sinatra, gadgets and traveling. During his spare time he liked to visit casinos.
He is survived by his wife; five children, Randolph, Lisa, Keith, Kevin and Yvonne; step-children, Patricia, Andre and Jack; special daughter, Judy; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held April 17 at Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church, 7236 Ogontz Avenue. Viewing will be held at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 10. Burial will be at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newton, Pa.