Mr. Johnny Lee McMillian was born to the late Francis and Pearl McMillian of Holly Hill, SC on September 12, 1951. He was hushed by death angels on Friday, February 19, 2021, at a rehabilitation center in Tyler, TX, after an extended illness.
Johnny was raised and educated in the Orangeburg County school system and graduated from Roberts High School in 1969. Johnny was an avid fisherman and talented tailor. He was a faithful employee of Skyline and Westvaco for many years and was a well-known resident of the Holly Hill community. He also worked giving superior service at Four Holes Lumber Company (Georgia-Pacific). Johnny was an entrepreneur and owned JM Landscaping.
At an early age, he confessed Christ as his Savior. Johnny then became a member of Four Holes Church of God in Christ and was saved. The Four Holes Church was later dedicated as Nazareth Holiness Church of Deliverance. Johnny was always blazing trails. He was the first African American to be employed at the Holly Hill Country Club and the first African-American manager at the Red & White Supermarket. He was our real-life MacGyver. There was not anything that he could not repair or create.
He leaves to cherish fond memories: his son, Evictus McMillian, of Deleware; daughters, Kenyetta (David) Baxter, of Columbia, SC, Catherine McMillian, of Sangaree, SC, and Janet Simmons, of Maryland; sisters, Mae F. McMillian-Mack and Vivian McMillian, both of Holly Hill, SC; brothers, Ricky L. (Betty) McMillian, of Greenville, SC and Samuel McMillian, of Tyler, TX.; eleven grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, and friends.
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