William O’Conner Mills, 25, died on September 21, 2021 in Germantown, Maryland. He is survived by his parents, William Thomas Mills III and Ilona Mills; and brothers, William Henry Mills and William Thomas Mills IV.
Born in Arlington, Virginia, but having lived most of his life in Frederick, Maryland, Conner was a prolific athlete and a much-loved friend. In 2014, Conner graduated from Tuscarora High School, where he excelled in soccer and track and field. Conner went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Information Assurance and Cyber Security from Anne Arundel Community College. After graduation, Conner began working in Standard Solar’s IT office in Gaithersburg, Md., Where he quickly rose through the corporate ranks to become an IT manager at just 24 years old.
Those who knew Conner will remember his evil sense of humor, infectious laughter, and ability to fix any technology imaginable. Conner’s family home in Frederick was a revolving door of friends who dropped off phones, computers, game consoles, and even cars for Conner to fix. Conner was also a concerned citizen who cared deeply for his community. While Conner was attending Ballenger Creek Middle School, a traffic light was installed at the intersection of Ballenger Creek Pike and Hannover Drive, now requiring students living in the villages of Ballenger Creek to attend school from walk rather than taking the bus. This change was a change Conner simply wouldn’t champion. In an email to the Frederick County Board of Education Department of Transportation, Conner informed the administration that “some people might break the traffic light so we can [ride] the bus again, like pushing the button again and again, and we might protest. After calling those responsible “monsters” for walking the kids to school, Conner later wrote in a letter of apology that “I shouldn’t have said you were monsters because I don’t even know you. “
Many years ago, coming home from church, Conner asked his mother what Jesus looked like. Without a sufficient response, Conner told us that he knew what Jesus looked like: “long hair, yellow t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops.” After a brief pause to reflect on his description, Conner then said, “Well, I’m not sure, but I’ll recognize him when I see him.” We are comforted to know that Conner now recognizes Jesus and that Jesus recognizes him.
A screening will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 30 at Frederick Christian Fellowship, 10142 Hansonville Road, Frederick, MD 21702, and a Celebration of Life will be held at the same location at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 1; interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery (515 S. Market St., Frederick, MD 21701). Keeney & Basford Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.