MULLINS -- George Russell McMillan, 76, died an accidental death on Lake Russell on November 18, 2002. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st at Mullins Presbyterian Church with the Reverends Jason Brewer and George Ganey officiating. Burial will follow at McMillan Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, at Meares Funeral Home.
Born in Mullins, July 7, 1926, he was the son of the late George Reaves McMillan and Sallie Reams McMillan. He was a graduate of Mullins High School and attended the University of South Carolina. A U.S. Navy veteran, he survived the sinking of an LST in the Pacific during World War II. He was a Mason and past President of the Mullins Jaycees. He served as Captain of the Mullins Auxiliary Police and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Land Bank. He was a retired farmer and partner in McMillan Ginnery. He was sole developer of Lake Russell near Mullins as well as developer of residential home sites on Lake Russell Road, named in his honor.
A devoted member of Mullins Presbyterian Church, Mr. McMillan was responsible for many additions and improvements to the church. Through the years, he actively served on the Board of Deacons, the Board of Elders, and as a church trustee. Memorials may be made to Mullins Presbyterian Church, 809 Sandy Bluff Road, Mullins, SC 29574.
Surviving are his wife, La Verne Austin McMillan; daughters, Carolyn McMillan of Columbia, Ann Smith of Mullins, and Betsy Boykin of Columbia; brothers, Joseph J. McMillan of Myrtle Beach, Dr. Neil M. McMillan of Black Mountain, NC, and J. Paul McMillan of Mullins; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brothers, W.V. McMillan, Davis R. McMillan, Rene S. McMillan, and Douglas W. McMillan; and sisters, Betsy M. Huggins and Eunice L. McMillan.
Meares Funeral home is serving the McMillan family.
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Published by Charlotte Observer on Nov. 20, 2002.