|Birth: ||Apr. 9, 1922|
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 1984|
Milton was born in Blaine West Virginia to Marie Heck and Leland Campbell. Milton's father only stayed around for about three months and left one night and never heard from again until 46 years later. Milton had a distant relationship with his father until Leland's death in 1979. Milton was raised by his Mom while living in his Grandparents home. There was One Uncle and two Aunts also living in the Heck household. They all made sure they all spoiled him a lot.
Milton went as far as the 6th grade in school.
His Mom remarried in 1936 to Edgil Knotts (AKA: Red). He remained in Milton's life as a father for the rest of his life. Milton's Mother and Red had a child in 1940-Billy Ray.
Milton met his future wife-Frances Kington when she was right out of high school. It was love instantly.
In 1941, when WWII broke out, Milton enlisted in the EM Navy, 3rd Raider Battalion, B Co. of the Carlson's Raiders (attachment to the Marine Corp). He saw considerable action in the South Pacific. Milton was in the battle on Guadalcanal and one of the first Marines to land on Bougainville Island. He was awarded the various medals: Marksman, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Seabee's should insignia and 2 Bronze Stars (Guam & Guadalcanal.)
In 1945 Milton was injured and shipped to the Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA. Frances hopped a train for California to met Milton. After his recuperation, they married and he was discharged from the military.
They headed back to Cumberland, Md.
They had five children: 1947-Kenny Ray, 1948-Sandra Faye, 1949-Carmelita Denise, 1955-Robert Gerald and 1956-Michael James.
In 1950, Milton moved his wife and three children to Baltimore. They had their last two children in Baltimore.
Milton took an early retirement from Sparrows Point - Back Riverneck Railroad in 1975. By 1977 he and Frances decided to sell their home and buy a farm in Mount Storm, West Virginia. There they lived until his death.
He died of congestive heart failure at North Charles General Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and was buried back in his beloved mountains of West Virginia.
Marie Elizabeth Heck Knotts (1902 - 1987)
Frances Carmelita Kington Campbell (1925 - 2005)*
Rose Hill Cemetery
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Sandy Dillon
Record added: Jul 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94256983