Mildred Jean Sudduth fought the good fight; she finished the race; and kept the faith. There is a crown of righteousness which THE LORD, THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE, will award to her on that day. Not only will it be to her but also to those who long for HIS Appearance.
On November 12, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., exactly three months and one day from her diagnosis, Mildred Sudduth rested, taking her final breath. Her life had been an inspiration for many. The strength and tenacity she carried until the end exemplified the power of THE HOLY GHOST. When diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on August 11th, she was assertive then, as she had always been. Her mind was set. There was no wavering in her decision. She’d determined clearly without doubt that her trust was in THE LORD. “Whatever HIS Will may be, let it be” was the request.
Mildred Jean Sudduth was born on August 20, 1938, in Blakely, Early County, Georgia, to Rochelle Mack and Emma Jane Robinson. As with many young children, Mildred was baptized at an early age. She attended school in Blakely, completing the eighth grade; she was unable to finish school, because she had to work in the field.
At fifteen years of age, she married and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, looking for bigger and greater opportunities. She thought she’d be able to make more than $2 a day, only to realize that work was still too difficult. She would remain in the Midwest for several years working as a cook at many restaurants and finally settling at the Cleveland Hopkins Airport at the Steak House, where she retired. While living in Cleveland, Mildred raised a family and would later return home to Blakely to care for an aunt, allowing her to reconnect to her southern roots, where she loved the people and particularly the weather.
Mildred Sudduth was a member of Bright Star Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Barbra G. Davis. She also served as a member of Eastern Star Chapter #124.
“PRECIOUS LORD, FATHER in Heaven, thank YOU LORD” was the introduction of her daily prayers. She knew THE LORD, HIS Preciousness, and what HE meant to her life. Mildred was at peace. As the days dwindled, she thought of others, as she often did, making sure everyone had what they needed and wishing she could cook a meal, which was one of her favorite things to do. She laughed at the show Hazel and pondered over the things she saw on MSNBC. She lived. She loved. She cared so much that she began making her final phone calls. During those calls, she expressed her love, made life changing connections, and emphasized the value of life. She allowed her loved ones to hear her voice and receive her final directives. Her peace and life lay in the Hands of THE PRECIOUS ONE.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, brother Napoleon Robinson, sister Erlene James Jackson, aunt Rosetta Bailey and nephew Jeffrey James.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, Alecia (Robert) Cline of San Antonio, TX, and Lydia Sudduth-Moore of Cleveland, OH; nieces, Erika (Terrance) Robinson-Watkins of Valparaiso, IN, and Irene Williams of Blakely, GA; and a host of cousins, friends and loved ones.
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