“When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, it is well, it is well my soul.”
On Saturday afternoon, July 25, 2020, Hampton McMillian, Sr. answered the Master’s call. His final days were spent surrounded by his loving family whom he touched throughout his memorable life. He loved his natural family and his friends.
Hampton McMillian Sr. Was born on September 24, 1928, in Lee county to his parents, Ted and Maggie Cook McMillian. He grew up in Lee County and attended public school in Lee County.
Hampton McMillian was united in holy matrimony to Maggie McFadden (McMillian). With much patience, tender loving care, they were blessed to raise 6 children.
As a child, Hampton McMillian’s spiritual existence began at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church and attended diligently. He was a dedicated member and served faithfully as a Trustee for many years until he was unable to attend services due to declining health.
For 36 years, he worked as a Lumber Inspector at Korn Industrial and retired at the age of 73. His hobbies were attending to animals, gardening, and spending time with his great-grandson, Preston whom he loved to meet at the bus stop every day. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, brother, cousin and a dear friend but most importantly a child of God. He always greeted you with a smile and a calm spirit.
Hampton McMillian is survived by his children: Jimmy McMillian (Tammy Blanding), Hampton (Agnes) McMillian, Bobbie (Milton Lucious) Burns, and Gloria McMilian, all of Sumter SC; one special nephew, Jimmy (Sue) McMillian; one godson, Elder Barrington (Betty) Pierson; three daughter-in-law’s, Kate McFadden, Margret McMillian and Lula McMillian, all of Sumter, SC; one granddaughter reared in the home, Tiffany Nicohle Burns; one Great Grandson reared in the home, Preston Burns, both of Columbia, SC; one sister, Eva Shivers of Sumter, SC; one of his best childhood friends, Mr. William (Bo) Davis; eighteen grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Hampton McMillian Sr. was preceded in death by his wife, Maggie McMillian; two sons; Robert McFadden and James Edward Jenkins; five sisters, Laney Myers, Winnie Capers, Doretha Abrams, Rosa Holloman, and Mary Cato; four brothers, James McMillian, Ted McMillian, Jr., Harry McMillian, and Joe Gass; and special nephews, John (Rabbit) McMillian, Sr., and Jack McMillian.
The beautiful legacy and memory of Hampton McMillian’s kindness, compassion, generosity, humor and love will continue to live in the hearts of his family and friends for generations. "For I am sure that neither death nor life nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38-39
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