Published: May 08, 2008 09:24 pm Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Marshall James McMillan

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Marshall James McMillan, age 84, of Knoxville and Windmill Gap, W.Va., died Monday, May 5, 2008 at St. Mary's Residential Hospice.

He was a World War II veteran who lost his right leg in battle in Italy in 1944 and earned both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. After retiring as a Warrant Officer from the U.S. Army, Blue Devils regiment, in 1963, he enjoyed a successful 25-year career with AFLAC, and retired as State Manager of West Virginia.

He was a great husband, father and mentor whose gentle guidance and support led his children, grandchildren and employees to success. He was a lifelong United Methodist.

Preceded in death by his parents, Emmett and Cordelia Elizabeth Jenkins McMillan; wife, Bobbie Jean Love McMillan; grandson, Jason D. Keck; and son-in-law, Don L. Best.

He is survived by his loving family: Daughters, Marsha L. Best of Knoxville, Patricia Totten and husband Robert of Windmill Gap, W.Va., Rev. Pamela S. McMillan of Knoxville, and Tina M. McMillan and partner Cheri L. Roop of Knoxville; grandchildren, Lisa Coffey and husband Jim of Ft. Campbell, Ky., Melanie Robinson and husband Keith of Knoxville, and Beki Totten of Hendersonville, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Eric Reagon, Hope Coffey, Mackenzie Coffey, Gabe Coffey, Alex Robinson and Lindsey Robinson; sisters, Myrtle East of Windmill Gap, W.Va. and Ellen Quillen of Harrisonburg, Va.; brother, Millard McMillan of Herndon, Va.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, June and Bill Heydel of Lebanon, Tenn.; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday (today) at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel in Knoxville, with funeral service following at 7:30 p.m., the Rev. Larry Best officiating.

The family and friends will meet Saturday at Sherwood Memorial Gardens for a 1:00 p.m. interment service with full military honors by Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. A memorial reception will follow at 2:30 at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Mary's Residential Hospice, 7447 Andersonville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37938.