Richard Milham
1934 - 2017
BORN
1934
DIED
2017
Milham, Richard of Orlando left us on October 29, 2017 in South Pasadena, Florida. The son of Lebanese immigrants Khalil Sayyah and Eugenie Helou, Dick was born in Brooklyn on December 4, 1934 and came to Orlando in 1940. He lived a youth of mischief, meeting Jesus at a Youth for Christ rally as a teenager. Dick was in the last graduating class of Orlando High School and went on to a deep education that included Wheaton College (from which he graduated at 19 with honors), Southeastern Seminary, Southern Seminary, Stetson University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke University. He married Peggy Blackburn from Wilmington, N.C. in 1959 and they lived in North Carolina before coming to Orlando with their daughter Julee in 1964. Upon returning to Orlando, Dick became pastor at Powers Drive Baptist Church, growing that congregation with enthusiasm until 1973. While there, he also authored three books published by Broadman Press as well as a youth musical. His influence in the lives of the many he ministered to and counseled during those years is incalculable. Dick then took his faith into the business world, first as a highly sought-after convention speaker and then a business consultant. As in all areas of life, in business, he was without peer in his ability to nearly instantly cut to the heart of complex situations and see to a solution, and he did so remaining thoughtful of all affected parties. Dick served industries for over 40 years but continued to pastor, speak, create music, write books, record albums, paint, and take amazing photographs. Every endeavor he embarked on, whether commercial or creative, came to him effortlessly. Throughout, he was incomparable and inimitable as a husband and a father. He was no stranger to publicity, from controversy in his pastoring days to a front page profile in the Wall Street Journal. However, the Orlando Sentinel captured him uniquely in 1946, calling him "unusually friendly...with an almost swashbuckling poise" and quoting his mother as saying, "We often leave him at night to watch the younger children and listen to the radio without interruption...That's the nearest to work that he likes to get." Dick was athletic, ingenius, and hilarious. He was also a subversive, a prankster extraordinnaire, and his own biggest fan. He is survived by his wife and daughter as well as his sister Sylvia Milham Jammal, many adored nieces and nephews, a special creative partner Kyle Ashley, and two cats that lurked in his transom. He was predeceased by his parents and by his siblings David Milham, Edmund Sayyah, Raymond Sayyah, and Renee Sayyah Sisinni, who loved him like he was her own. A celebration of his life will be held at Church on the Drive (known as College Park Baptist when Dick was associate pastor there) on Saturday, November 11, at 2 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Published by Orlando Sentinel on Nov. 9, 2017.
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Peggy, Dick was a dear friend to Charlie and me from the time we met him at College Park in 1959. Then he married you (a North Carolinian like Charlie) and we loved you, too. I still remember how proud he was to introduce you and Julee when he came to be our pastor at Powers Drive. We treasure his book (Parables) that he inscribed and sent to us in Memphis in 1971. We're grateful to have been back in touch in recent years through his Christmas letters and most recent CD's. They'll continue to draw closer to the Lord as we listen to them. We live in Germantown, TN at the Germantown Plantation Retirement Center now.
Love to you and Julee,
Shirley Biggers
January 12, 2018
Dear Peggy, my heart is with you and your daughter as you are experiencing the loss of Dick. I always enjoyed being with Dick, our paths crossed many many times while we were "growing up". Peace, Joe Slade
November 17, 2017
Sending love and sympathy to Peggy, Julie, and all the family. Rev. Milham baptized all three of my children and husband during his tenure at Powers Drive Baptist Church, Orlando. Beloved friend. Nola Roberts Buckhalter; Alachua, Fl.
Nola Roberts Buckhalter
November 12, 2017
I knew Richard from our playground days in the late '40,s and was an acquaintance in Junior High and Senior High Schools. He and my sister, Eleanor Davis Abbott, were friends and he sang at her wedding in the late '50,s and also at her 50th wedding anniversary. The obituary describes him as I remember him, always smiling or finding humor in the moment. Peace to him and his family at this time.
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Joe Davis
November 11, 2017
Richard was truly "a man for all seasons" and my favorite Baptist preacher. Our deepest sympathy to Peg, Julie and all his family upon the loss of this great man ..
..May his memory be eternal.
--Charles & Janet Ferrell
CHARLES FERRELL
November 11, 2017
Dick was a fine friend, companion on double dates, and canoe trips. His passion for life was contagious, his humor infectious. His insight was inspiring to all.

Dick never lacked self confidence; but, he relied on God and lived his faith.

He will be missed and his legacy lives on as we energetically live life to the fullest.
Kenton Hofmeister
November 10, 2017
Dick was the Youth Director at College Park Baptist for a time when I was 16-17 years old. All the teens loved him and his new bride Peggy. He took us to the beach in the church bus then as the sun went down we had a big bonfire and we sang choruses while he played his uke. He was always upbeat and very encouraging to all those who were lucky to know him. He was a good and Godly influence on many
Benna Boutty
November 9, 2017
Dick was the Youth Director at College Park Baptist for a time when I was 16-17 years old. All the teens loved him and his new bride Peggy. He took us to the beach in the church bus then as the sun went down we had a big bonfire and we sang choruses while he played his uke. He was always upbeat and very encouraging to all those who were lucky to know him. He was a good and Godly influence on many
Benna Boutty
November 9, 2017
A most infectious and contagious laugh...beautiful smile that took over his entire face...he loved so deeply and so freely. He has often floated thru my mind. His love for his beautiful girls was enviable. I remember his beautiful singing voice and l remember listening intently whenever he spoke...never met anyone else quite like Mr. Milham. What an impact he made on me. My thoughts and prayers are with Peggy & Julee. Heaven is certainly celebrating his homecoming as we have lost a mighty soldier. It's been an honor to have crossed his path.
Allison
November 9, 2017
I remember the times Dick came and shared concerts of song and testimony while I was a youth at College Park Baptist Church. He had such an impact on so many in our department. His vocal talent was exceeded only by his passion for the Lord. Heaven's choir just got their lead voice! May God bring comfort and strength to the family in the difficult days ahead.
Beckie Nix
Lynchburg, Virginia
Beckie Paxton Nix
November 9, 2017
Peggy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Julie at this time. My Tom went to be with Jesus 6 years ago after battling Alzheimer's. I just know Tom and Dick are singing and enjoying Jesus time together. Love, Mary Blair McEachin
November 9, 2017
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