We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at McKeesport
Charles (Charlie) Donald Mikell Sr., 88, of Monroeville formerly of McKeesport, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2022. Charles was born January 12, 1934, in McKeesport, PA. to the late Sadie and Eugene Mikell.
During his lifetime, Charlie (as his close friends and family called him) graduated from McKeesport High School in 1952; served in the Armed Forces as a Marine from 1952-1955 where he was Honorably Discharged as a PFC and received the medals of National Defense and Good Conduct. Charlie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lincoln University in 1959. Soon after he married the love of his life, former wife Jacqueline (Henry) Mikell and they spent 50 loving years together. He was also a second father to his “live-in” nephew, Cuyler Frank Mikell of Mount Lebanon, PA. Charlie was a faithful member of Calvary United Methodist Church until it closed.
Charlie was politically active and community-minded and received many rewards and acclimates. He mentored numerous African American youths regarding educational and life goals. His additional accomplishments included: Director of Community Action Pittsburgh (CAP) 1965-1972, CEO of CAP 1972-1977, Master of Public Health Degree from University of Pittsburgh (1972), President of the McKeesport Chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (1972-1976), McKeesport City Councilman (1982-1987). As a reward for his role with the NAACP, Charlie and his family were invited to President Jimmy Carter’s Inauguration in 1977. Charlie also severed on a CDC Task Force for AIDS research during the height of the AIDS epidemic; and many charitable boards such as the Pittsburgh Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the Boy Scouts of America – Calvary United Methodist Church chapter, and others.
Charlie is preceded in death by his loving wife Dr. Jacqueline Mikell, his parents: Sadie Belle and Eugene Mikell, in-laws: Curtis and Lake Erie Henry, sisters: Wilhelmina Hoyte, Margaret Barbour, brothers: Eugene Herman Mikell Jr., Kenneth Mikell, Jesse Mikell, and Frank Mikell. Charlie leaves to cherish his precious memories: Loving daughter Pastor Michelene Millsap (Elder Walter Millsap Sr,) from Bellflower, CA., Son Charles D Mikell, II (Renee) from Virginia: Grandsons: Robert Wofford from CA., Matthew Wofford (Alisha) from Las Vegas, Nevada, Donovan Mikell of Virginia, several great-grandchildren, sisters: Melissa Johnson from Pennsylvania, Dolores “LoLo” Foxx (Rufus) from Florida, Sisters-in-law Dorothy Mikell from South Carolina, and Mary Mikell from McKeesport and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.