Millard Eiland
1933 - 2018
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Millard Fayne Eiland
1933-2018
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.



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Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 4, 2018.
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August 9, 2018
Millard was a wonderful person. He served God's Church in so many capacities. His family and friends will greatly miss him.
Kathy Manis Findley
August 9, 2018
I knew of Millard before I knew Millard personally because of his seminal leadership with the Alliance of Baptists. His wit, knowledge, and deep love for the Baptist branch of the body of Christ will live on at Covenant Church and those of us who received God's image through Millard Eiland. Loving peace be with David and your family. Blessings, Ginny
Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown Daniel
August 9, 2018
It was always so great to see Millard at annual Alliance of Baptists gatherings. I missed David and him this year. I lift up David, their families, and their wonderful Covenant and Alliance loving friends to the Lord with love and gratitude for Millard's life of compassion and generosity and spiritual leadership.

Stephen Bouchard
Newark, NJ
Member of Metro Baptist Church of New York City
Stephen Bouchard
August 4, 2018
Millard will be missed! His humor, wisdom and love for people were constants so appreciated by us. David, daughters and family, our prayers and thoughts during this time of grief and gratitude for such a wonderful person.
Love, Joann and Jolly Davis
Joann Davis
August 3, 2018
I always loved "Bunky's" stories, his enthusiasm for life, and that unmistakeable laugh. He always had a positive outlook on everything and everyone, which is part of why he was so fun to be around. May we remember the joyous times and why we loved him so much. There will never be another "Bunky". He was a unique individual. I will miss my cousin. May God comfort us all as we are saddened by our loss.
- Lisa
Lisa Vaughan
August 1, 2018
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May the God of comfort give you strength during this time and the memories you have bring you peace. Hosea 13:14
Michelle
Neighbor
August 1, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Its hard to cope when youve lost your dear friend or family member. May you find peace knowing that your loved one is no longer suffering, but Is in peace, actually were the ones suffering, because were living in this wicked world! Soon, as God has promised, all of our loved one and us will be together on a paradise earth, where suffering
Mackenzi
August 1, 2018
I would like to send these words of consolation to those that loved this apostle Paul said what has been made possible by Jesus resurrection. Since death is through a man, said Paul, resurrection of the dead is also through a man. Because of the sin and imperfection passed on to us from Adam, we all die. However, by giving his perfect human life as a ransom, Jesus opened the way for mankind to be released from slavery to sin and death through the resurrection. Summing up the matter nicely, Paul wrote at Romans 6:23: The wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord.

Agape Love
Ken Kn
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