Submitted by Billie Johnson Tucker & Sylvia McMillin
Enjoying the coolest August temperatures anyone could recall having in years, the McMillin and related families gathered for their annual reunion at Lake Tiak O’Khata in Louisville, MS. The two day event began with a cookout under the pavilion overlooking the beautiful lake. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and fixings were enjoyed by those in attendance. While rain threatened, there was only a light drizzle which only made the outdoor event more pleasant. Banners displaying the McMillin reunion and Scottish heritage were hung by Johnny and Lamar McMillin. In all, there were approximately 40 family members and friends in attendance at the cookout.
Approximately 70 family members gathered in the Colonial Room on Sunday morning for the program and lunch. The tables were beautifully decorated with squares of the three MacMillan tartans and flowers. Ashlie McMillin Johnson and Sylvia McMillin arranged sunflowers with yellow centers and mono casino daisies in square vases to place on each of the tartan squares to correspond with the royal colors of Scotland. Ms Lynn Cunningham brought bouquets of hydrangeas and zinnias. Carol and Lamar McMillin, Johnny and Sylvia McMillin and Leesa McMillin also decorated the room with the traditional Scottish flag, American flag, and banners of the McMillin tartans. Sue McMillin Faulkner and Jane McMillin were in charge of the registration table.
The meeting was called to order by President, Dr. F. Lamar McMillin, Jr. Lamar presented and extolled on the Civil War Sesquicentennial 1860-1865 and the importance of our family’s part in the battles of South Carolina. (see www.civilwarinsc.com) Mrs. Lenora Frazier led the group in the traditional singing of the MacMillan Rallying Song.
Rev. Percy Mac Frazier presented the devotional on “A Word of Encouragement” based on the life of Barnabas, the encourager. This devotional and its message paralleled the McMillin motto “Miseris succurrere disco” meaning “I learn to succor the distressed”.
The McMillin grandchildren entertained with a handbell presentation of “God Bless America” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth”. The children presenting the musical entertainment were Frazier Bahm, Jacob, Maggie, Samuel, Eleanor, and Eli Crew, and Lucy, Noah, and Levi Johnson. Mrs. Lenora Frazier directed the hand bell group.
Frazier Bahm, son of Kip and Faith Frazier Bahm, grandson of Rev. Frazier, offered the blessisng for the meal. All participants enjoyed a delicious buffet meal prepared by Lake Tiak O’Khata.
Following the meal, the attendees introduced their family members and explained their connection of the original McMillin family line. Each of those present can trace their linage back to William McMillin who was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1763 and later immigrated to the United States and married Margaret Elizabeth McInnis in about 1800. William’s daughter, Mary, married Nat Woodward in 1824 and moved from their home in Fairfield, County South Carolina where they had lived for the past 35 years to Winston County in the early 1800’s. The young couple settled north of Louisville along what is now Hwy. 15 at McMillin Switch. Later her father moved the rest of the family to Winston County.
Special recognition was given to the following: Mrs. Sue Fulcher of Louisville for being the oldest descendent at the reunion, Jason McMillin, grandson of Jamie and Lisa McMillin, for being the youngest, and Jane McMillin and her sister Sue McMillin Faulkner of Lampasas, Texas for traveling the farthest. The newest family member is Lyla Elizabeth McMillin born to David and Grace McMillin, Lamar and Carol’s 5th grandchild. The family mourned the death of Julie McMillin Lawson who passed away this year.
Kevin Hudson presented this year’s program, a power point presentation entitled “A McMillin and Related Families Scrapbook”. Kevin used his grandmother, Virginia Ward’s scrapbook to amass pictures and documents of the McMillin family dating back to 1132 in Elgin, Scotland where the family line originated to the more recent ancestors who are buried in the Baptist and Masonic cemeteries on Parks Street. Each of the members present can trace their heritage back to one of the children of William and Margaret McMillin, who are interned in the Baptist Cemetery on Parks Street in Louisville. As the power point proceeded, various family members shared their memories and knowledge of the images with the rest of the family. It is through such reminiscent that we learn about our family history and our connection to the family. Being able to make such strong connection to the past helps to strengthen family bonds and allows us to encourage others to carry on the traditions laid down by those who have gone before us.
Next year’s officers were elected as follows: David McMillin from Monroe, LA- President; Billie Joy Tucker- Vice President; Sylvia McMillin from Chattanooga, TN, Secretary; Claire Crowell from Louisville, MS- Treasurer, and Jamie McMillin from Louisville, MS- Cemetery Fund.
Dr. Lamar McMillin closed this year’s gathering with the MacMillan Exhortation: “My dear clanswomen and clansmen, remember the poor, pray for the sick, make no peace with injustice in this world, and continue to learn to aid the distressed. May the Clan MacMillan always have a never failing succession of benefactors. ”
The 65th McMillin and Related Families reunion is scheduled for August 1-2, 2015.
Attendees of the 2014 Reunion
From Louisville, MS: Dale Bennett, Mary Joyce Hull Boyles &
grandsons, Micah Ballard & Jon Boyles, Johnny & Claire Crowell,
Lynne Cunningham, Sue Bennett Fulcher, Charles William Haggard,
Kevin, Wanda, Max & Belle Hudson, Joyce Bennett Hull, Joyce Johnson,
Jamie & Lisa McMillin, Jay & Jayson McMillin & guest, Megan Brabham,
Yvonne McMillin, Daniel & Tia Parker, Larry & Margaret Woodward.
From Alabama: Hallie Jean & Beth Blalock, Tuscalooa;, Jimmy Johnson
& nephew, Brandon Daza; Birmingham; Billie Johnson Tucker, Eldridge.
From Arkansas: Ellen O’Lonney, Roland.
From Georgia: Melissa McMillin Crew & children, Jacob, Maggie,
Samuel, Eleanor, Eli, Isaac, Ringgold; Ashlie McMillin Johnson &
children, Lucy, Noah, Levi & Rose Johnson, Watkinsville;
From Louisiana: Kip, Faith & Frazier Bahm, Franklinton;
Rev. Percy Mac & Lenore Frazier, Franklinton; David & Leesa McMillin,
From Mississippi: Bonnie Broadway, Pascagoula; John & Sheila
McCullouch, Ridgeland; Dr. F. Lamar McMillin, Jr. & Carol McMillin,
Vicksburg; Johnathan & Meredith McMillin, Pearl; Laura Mullens,
From Tennessee: Danna McMillin Bennett, Mt. Juliet; John &
Sylvia McMillin, Chattanooga; Bob & Zukie Moore, Collierville;
Christine & Jimmy Moore, Collierville; Keith Moore, Memphis,
William Moore, Memphis, Gary & Venita Moore Wright, Arlington.
From Texas: Janet Donoho, Dallas; Sue McMillin Faulkner,
Lampasas; Jane McMillin, Lampasas.