Charles L. McMillan Jr., 83, native of Smyrna, Georgia, and resident of Springmoor Retirement Community, Raleigh; former resident of Wendell, Graham, Burlington, N.C., and Woodstock, Ga.
Rev. McMillan was a graduate of Mercer University, Macon, Ga., and Southeastern Theological Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest.
Rev. McMillan was a retired Baptist minister and Baptist denominational leader. He served as pastor of Woodstock Baptist Church, Woodstock, Ga.; Highland Baptist Church, Raleigh, Kinnett Memorial Baptist Church, Burlington. He was also Director of Missions for Mt. Zion Baptist Association, Graham, N.C.; Raleigh Baptist Association, Raleigh until his retirement in 1994. Under his leadership, Raleigh Baptist Association grew in churches, personnel, and community presence and influence. He developed and used approaches for church leadership mentoring clergy and language groups.
Following retirement he served interim ministry positions at Robeson Baptist Association, Lumberton, N.C.; Nashville Baptist Church, Nashville, N.C., Grove Park Baptist Church, Burlington; Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Raleigh; Wendell Baptist Church, Wendell; Knightdale Baptist Church, Knightdale; Maple Springs Baptist Church, Louisburg, and Franklinton Baptist Church, Franklinton.
He was also a trustee for Baptist Children's Homes of NC, president of N.C. Director of Missions Conference, board member of NC Baptist Credit Union and president of Charis board of directors.
He served as a consultant in career assessment for clergy couples; conflict management; church management and administration; church and associational growth; ministerial professional and personal growth and deacon retreats. His awards and recognitions in Leadership in New Work from the Southern Baptist Convention, Metro Director of Missions, Reavis Scholar, Campbell University and awards in amateur photography at the NC State Fair. He had mentored clergy, ministers, and Baptist leaders.
He is pre-deceased by his parents, Charles L. McMillan, Sr. and Nell W. McMillan of Smyrna, Ga.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Greta H. McMillan. His children Laura M. Lavin (Pete), Greenville; David McMillan (Nancy), Mebane; Beth M. Long (John), Fuquay-Varina; grandchildren: Sean Lavin (Allison); Joe Lavin, Elizabeth City; Ben McMillan (Meredith), Gastonia; Meg McMillan, Greensboro; Tara L. Boyd (Chris) of Holly Springs; Johnny Long (Chassity), Willow Springs; Travis Long of Fuquay-Varina; Kristin Long of Fuquay-Varina, and six great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Springmoor Foundation, 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh; Hospice of Wake County, or Baptist Children's Home of North Carolina, Thomasville.
Family will receive visitors at Wendell Baptist Church 10 to 11 a.m., Monday. Graveside will follow at Greenmount Cemetery at 11:30. Memorial service will be at 3 p.m., Monday at Greystone Baptist Church, corner of Leadmine and Sawmill Roads. The family will also receive friends following the service.
Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell. www.stricklandfuneralhomes.net