Mildred Nelson McMillan

April 5, 1928June 29, 2018

Mildred Ruth Nelson McMillan, 90, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, went home to the loving arms of her Savior Jesus Christ.

Loved by so many and affectionately known as Mama, Mema, and Miss Millie. Her family and especially her babies were her most loved and cherished priorities throughout her long life. She was born to Aubrey Nelson, Sr., and Maggie Nelson on April 5, 1928, and raised in the town of Whitmire, South Carolina, where she graduated from Whitmire High School. She worked in the textile mills of the Carolinas until she retired and made a name for herself as “the Burger King lady” in Morganton, North Carolina. She was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church, in Cary, North Carolina, where she thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the Dorcas Sunday School class. Mema’s kind, gentle spirit and her unwavering, unconditional love touched those around her every single day of her life. Mema was the heart and soul of our family.

Her husband of over 67 years, James McMillan, Sr., predeceased her in 2013.

Surviving are her sister, Nita Nelson, daughters, Linda Mann of Morrisville, NC, Karen Bean of Camden, SC, son, Jim McMillan, Jr. (Donna) of Asheville, NC, grandchildren, Cheryl Overturf of Duncan, SC, Kellye McMillan of Greenwood, SC, Russ Mann of Apex, NC, Susie Ulmer of West Columbia, SC, Jennifer Young of Wilmington, NC, Andy Bean of Camden, SC, Jamie McMillan of Memphis, TN, and Dustin McMillan of Asheville, NC, eighteen great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Good Hope Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina, at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 7th 2018. Family will receive friends immediately following the service.

The family requests that any memorials be made to the building fund at Good Hope Baptist Church, 6628 Good Hope Church Road, Cary, NC 27519 or Transitions Life Care, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

The Family would like to thank Transitions Life Care for taking such great care of our Mom and Mema.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 7, 2018

Mildred Nelson McMillan

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Judy Hensley

July 5, 2018

I was one of Ms. Mildred's customers for years at Burger King. It was always such an uplifting experience to spend those few minutes with her at the drive thru. She was one of the most pleasant people I have ever known. She was well loved in our community. It is amazing what an impact just a few moments in a day can have on a person. She brightened the day of many. Bless her family. She was such a positive influence to many. It was always a nice to start my day after a visit to her window.

Diane Raby

July 3, 2018

We are so sorry for you loss. We love you all. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Diane Raby and Jadyn Robinson