Leon Mills was born June 23, 1936, to Ethel Lee Taylor and Herbert Mills in Minden, LA. He was reared by his grandparents Gordon and Loueller Shine Ridley.
Leon joined Mt. Zion CME in 1957, where he held many positions for many years. He was on the Steward Board, Choir, Class Leader, Finance Committee, Building Committee, and Rainbow Tea Committee.
He was a graduate of Webster High School Class of 1957. After high school, he attended Grambling State University, where he finished with a degree in Social Sciences with a minor in Speech, in 1961. Further studies were done at Southern University – Baton Rouge (M. Ed) and Louisiana Tech (+30)
Leon served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963 with the 34th Infantry. The majority of his military duty was spent Augsburg, Germany, where he served with the 34th Infantry.
On April 16,1966, Leon was initiated into the Gamma Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Offices held were Keeper of Records and Seal, Keeper of Peace, and Vice Basileus. Awards received were Omega Man of the Year, Unsung Hero, Education Awards, 25year, 40 year, and 50 year service awards. He was also a Life Member of the fraternity.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 58 years, Margaret Jackson Mills. Two children LaTonya M. Allums (Patrick, deceased) and Le’Vester L. Mills (Malondon) all of Minden, LA. One grandchild Kendal T. Allums, of Minden, LA. Two sisters Roxie Wilkins (Dwayne), of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Monica Gilbert (Leon, deceased), of Lithonia, GA. Aunts, Roberteen Wallace, of Sibley, LA and Louise Payton of Shreveport, LA. A cousin reared like a brother, Julius Shine (Nancy) of Hanford, CA. Three godchildren -Weltonia Harris of Houston, TX , Johnny Jackson (Carrolo) of Camden, AR, and Belinda Norton (John) of Minden, LA, and a host of other relatives and friends.
The angel of silence entered his life August 10, 2020.