Millard Fayne Eiland
Millard F. Eiland passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Houston, TX. He was born December 5, 1933 in San Antonio, TX at Santa Rosa Hospital, to Lillian Eunice Cupps Eiland (orig from.Lufkin, TX) and Millard Eugene Eiland (orig.from Mississippi). Millard was predeceased by both parents and by his sister, Marilyn Jean Eiland Rupley of Houston.
Millard is survived by his long time Domestic Partner/Spouse, David L. Taylor of Houston, his daughters, Laurie Lynn Eiland Dickens and her husband, Drew Dickens, of Addison, TX, Jennifer Dwire Eiland Morrison and her husband, Scott Morrison, of Mesa, AZ, and by his grandchildren, Bradley Dickens and his wife, Jessica of Dallas, TX, Wesley Dickens of San Francisco, CA, and Rebecca Morrison of Mesa, AZ, and one great grandson, Brooks Dickens of Dallas, TX.
Millard's early years were spent in San Antonio and Waco; from the age of 5, he was in Houston, attending Sherman and Franklin Elementary schools, Edison Jr. High and Milby High schools. He graduated in 1955 from Baylor University and then received two degrees (BD and ThM) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He served as Baptist minister in Florence, SC and Bethel, NC, returned to Houston and received an MA in Speech Communication at the Univ. of Houston, then accepted a position at Prairie View A&M University in the Dept. of English and Foreign Languages (later to become the Dept. of Communications.) He received a Ph.D. in Communications at Louisiana State University and returned to PVAMU becoming the Head of the Dept. of Communications, serving there for nearly thirty years.
Millard filled many pulpits through the years in Houston, volunteered in AIDS respite work for Aids Interfaith Ministries and, in various positions of leadership, including that of Deacon at Covenant Church, an Ecumenical Liberal Baptist Congregation. Millard was one of the early board members of the national Alliance of Baptists, serving two terms. In that capacity, he was co-author of the Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth volume on the church's inclusion of Gays & Lesbians into its fellowship which was published by the Alliance of Baptists and the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America.
A Memorial service will be held at Covenant Church, an Ecumenical Liberal Baptist Congregation, 4949 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004 @_6 00 P.M.on Saturday, August 4, with the Rev. Laura Mayo, Senior Minister, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made in Millard Eiland's name to Covenant Church's building fund or any animal rescue organization.
A reception to follow after the service.