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Milford Bizzell

September 27, 1942 ~ November 28, 2020 (age 78)


Mount Olive – Mr. Milford Bizzell, 78, completed his earthly journey peacefully on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Wayne UNC Health Care, Goldsboro, NC.  He was born in Wayne County, the third of six children of the late Lepolia and Mildred Cousins Bizzell.  He was also preceded in death by his sister Mary Susan Bizzell and his brother Melvin Lee Bizzell.

He graduated from E. E. Smith High School and later studied engineering in the United States Army.  After serving his country in the United States Army for 30 years which included 3.5 years in the reserve Army Corps of Engineers, he returned to Mount Olive to serve his community.  A proud unapologetic soldier, Milford’s passion and loyalty to the military were evident in his relentless and tireless support to fellow veterans, particularly in the area of disability compensation. Milford’s dedication and love for his family, friends and community will be greatly missed.

Cherished memories will linger in the heart of his Wife, Barbara Bizzell; Mother-in-law, Lucille Haymon of Scotland Neck, who reminded him of his mom and was the recipient of much affection and acts of kindness and source of much laughter and many long conversations; Daughters, Krystle Peters (Sean), and Lauren Whitaker (Sam) of Maryland; Grandsons Ian Ellis, Jr. and Aiden Tillery who brought Milford so much joy and laughter; Granddaughter Kendall Peters; Three Brothers, Fletcher Bizzell of Mount Olive; Dwight Bizzell of Granton, and Dale Bizzell of Goldsboro; Nephew Danya Bizzell (LaVerne) who he considered a son and was very proud of; Danya’s children Lennox, Maddox, Leanna, who couldn’t get enough of her Uncle Milford and, likewise, he of her, and Daxson; Nephew, Terrance Bizzell and Nieces Selena Wilson and Jordan Bizzell. In-laws, Delois Bullock of Scotland Neck, Troy Haymon, Jr. of Washington, DC, Judy Friday of Maryland, Dennis Haymon of Washington, DC, Vernell Jones (Sam) of Scotland Neck, Vann Haymon (Louella) of Maryland who was Milford’s “partner-in-crime”, and Ann Lawrence of Weldon. Daughters-Friends, LaShonda Ryals of Warsaw and Kristy Heleine of Mount Olive and, Granddaughter, Mackenzie Heleine; Son-Friend, Willie Leonard (Jennifer) of Mount Olive who had staying power like no other; once in a life-time Best Friend, Tony Townsend (Varnesha); Inseparable Friend, Lannie Smith (Annie) of Pink Hill who remained a loyal friend since grade school; and Special Friend and Neighbor Paul Robertson (Victoria) of Mount Olive; and a host of other relatives and friends, including the gigantic community of wonderful veteran friends that span the globe and stayed in touch during his military career and beyond; his faithful, loving, and sometimes crazy, (in a sweet laughable way) high school alumni; the retiree military groups (The Old Timers Reunion, Military Retiree Club and the 815th Engineer Battalion Reunion), and veteran organizations (DAV,VFW, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans Association, he served and supported and developed many friendships, during the later years of his life, including the Masons and Shriners and Eastern Carolina Corvette Club and E.E. Smith Alumni Association.     

In lieu of flowers, because the interment will be held at a later date, please consider making a donation in honor of Milford to one of the non-profit organizations listed below that provide much needed support to our military veterans.


Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

c/o Milford Bizzell – Member # 3201110749891

Mount Olive VFW Post 9959 & Auxiliary

c/o Milford Bizzell – Member #0204233419

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December 6, 2020

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Garris Funeral Home
812 S. Center St.
Mt. Olive, North Carolina 28365


Diabled American Veterans (DAV) "VA Regional Office Federal Bldg."
251 North Main St. - Rm 151, Winston - Salem NC 27101
Tel: 1-336-631-5481

Mount Olive VFW Post 9959 & Auxiliary
1012 N Church St., Mount Olive NC 28365
Tel: 1-919-658-4772

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