Derrick Wadell Milton gained his wings unexpectedly June 27, 2022 at the age of 51.
Derrick was born on October 13, 1970 in Batesville Mississippi. At the age of 10, Derrick moved
with his family to Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Richard T. Crane Technical High School in
Chicago and had studied at Malcom X College, also in Chicago.
Derrick met Lili at church in Baraboo Wisconsin. Derrick and Lili were married on March 23,
2022 on the beach of the Pacific Ocean in Coranado, California. They made their home in
Derrick and Lili met later in life, but wasted no time making up for it. They loved to fish, chase
storms, watch movies, play pool, bowl, and travel. They especially loved traveling out west,
driving in the mountains. They worked together helping those experiencing homelessness. He
loved and adored his two children, Zariah, 9 and Geonte, 15.
Derrick was an avid grill master. He loved to grill ribs and chicken, host a fish fry and invite
everyone over. He also loved music. He always had music playing. Even teaching Lili to rap.
Derrick was known for his fierce loyalty to his friends and family. He had the heart of a lion. He
loved endlessly his large family in Chicago, Mississippi, Alabama, and North Carolina. Derrick
was especially loyal to his brothers from Rockwell, the Zodiacs (ZPM).
Derrick loved the outdoors. He loved spending time with his furbaby, Onyx, his pride and joy
dog, whom he received as a birthday gift in 2021. Derrick loved studying the stars, watching
meteor showers, eclipses, phases of the moon. He always wanted to travel in space.
Derrick is survived by his wife, Lili (LiliAnne Carey-Milton), his children; daughter, Zariah and son,
Geonte. Sister Katina (Anthony) Matthews, Summit IL, Brother Gary (Gloria) Milton,
Greenwood, MS. Aunts Doris Milton and Linda Milton, Batesville MS. Aunt Dora "Nancy" Ellis-
Echols, Anniston, Alabama. Stepson and riding partner, Nick Stankiewicz, Stepdaughter Melissa
Stankiewicz; and his beloved dog, Onyx.
Nieces Crystal (Kevo) Matthews, Shunda “Rat” McMiller, Darche Brewer
Nephews Stanley "Cortez” McMiller, Derrick “Tyeshun” McMiller, Dashun McMiller, Anthony
“Nuke” Matthews, Anfernee (Niya) Matthews, Antonio Matthews, LaRon Brown, Devantae
Many beautiful great nieces and nephews. His love of family was so strong. He also left behind
his best friend, Chris Derecskey of St. Louis, MO.
Derrick was preceded in death by his mother, Dasha Lee Milton Brown, his brother Reginald
(Reggie) Brown, Grandparents Callie Moore Milton and Sell Milton; Aunts Cather Milton Baker
and Ruth Milton Strong; Uncles Larry Milton and Dennis Milton
Special gratitude to the Waunakee EMS and Dane County Sherriff’s Department and Nick
Memorial service is pending in Chicago.
“Look I'm on that five foot seven with the heart of a lion, Creep like a tiger and I stomp like a
giant” - Boozie