OBITUARY

Edward Houston McMillion

December 27, 1941December 2, 2019

CHAPIN – Edward Houston McMillion died peacefully in his sleep December 2, 2019 following a long-term battle with dementia and declining health. He is predeceased by his wife, Madeline Carley McMillion; his parents, A.L. and Madeline Boso McMillion; his sister, Jane M. Roche, and his brother, Dr. John Leonard McMillion.

Edward “Houston” McMillion was born at home in Summersville, West Virginia on December 27, 1941. He graduated from Nicholas County High School in 1963, and West Virginia University in 1964. He then joined the Peace Corps and served in Liberia, West Africa from 1964-1966, teaching elementary school and acting as a liaison between staff and volunteers. There he met and married Madeline Carley. Upon completion of service, they returned to West Virginia, where he taught a year and then completed a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at WVU in 1969. At that time, he accepted a position with the South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and was responsible for much positive legislature, statewide and nationally, for people with disabilities. During his career, he was given the Meritorious Service Award by the National Rehabilitation Association; he served on the Board of the National Rehabilitation Association, served on the Executive Committee of the National Rehabilitation Association, and was Chairman of the Membership Committee of the National Rehabilitation Association. As his career expanded, Houston became a certified Reality Therapist and was made a faculty member of the William Glasser Institute.

Houston loved the theatre and all theatrical; he was instrumental in the rebirth of the Chapin Community Theatre, serving on the board as well as acting, producing, and directing in many local productions. He served on the Board of Trustus Theatre, acted at Trustus, Workshop, Town, Lexington and Newberry Theatres. He also appeared in numerous commercials and training videos.

Houston and Madeline were key in the establishment of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Chapin, South Carolina in the late 1970s, beginning with only 22 members. Before the parish had a church building, the boys remember how the entire family got involved every Sunday evening, switching out the missals at the old Methodist Church with Houston directing the details, Madeline directing the choir and the boys serving as altar boys.

The McMillion’s lived on Lake Murray for over 25 years, giving the boys the gift of growing up on the water and enjoying life on the lake. So many fond memories centered around lake living and socializing with friends from the neighborhood.

Houston also loved his Scottish heritage and served as President of Clan McMillan in North America. He also served as President of the Robert Burns Society of the Midlands.

Houston is survived by his two sons, Geoffrey Gordon McMillion and wife, Bridget McMillion of Missoula, Montana and John Houston McMillion and wife, Deni McMillion of Chapin, South Carolina. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ella Therese McMillion (18) and Gordon Edward McMillion (16) of Missoula, Montana.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Chapin Community Theatre.

Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Chapin Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Reception following the service at the church Saturday, December 7, 2019

Memories

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Judy Hughes

December 11, 2019

To Huston’s sons and their family:

I had the pleasure of working with your father at South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation. Any project in which he became involved was bound to be a success. He was kind, considerate, and lots of fun to be around. Your father and mother cared about people from all walks of life. Huston made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. We are all better for having known him.

Thinking of you at this time.

Judy Hughes, Simpsonville, SC

Jo Anne Sellers

December 5, 2019

Houston was such a great friend to me. I acted with him on stage in Chapin. He directed me in a wonderful production in Chapin. So many wonderful memories with Houston. Much love to all of his family, children, grandchildren and all. I am a better person for having had Houston in my life.

Brian Yandle

December 5, 2019

So many memories. Houston was one of my best friends during those years I was active with Chapin Community Theatre. Houston was a friend, a mentor, and, as one of my ex-girlfriend’s observed, a father figure to me. Houston was a critical reference for my entry into and graduation from USC’s Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling program. I could go on and on about long talks on his dock over bourbon or mornings at he and Madeleine’s breakfast table, but my favorite memory of Houston is that if we were ever in the same place unexpectedly and unplanned (a restaurant, a party, etc.), we would improvise a verbal argument and commit strongly to displaying our hatred for one another (all an act) to the point of jacking each other up against a wall. Hosts and guests didn’t find it at all humorous, but we would giggle and laugh at our strange sense of humor and acting talents. I love that man, and I hope he’s with Madeleine somewhere beyond.

Jim DeFeluce

December 5, 2019

The midlands theatrical community lost a great one. Houston (Ed) McMillian passed away. Madeline (recently deceased) and Houston were part of the early group that started the Chapin Community Theatre in late 1979 and the early 80’s. They also both helped me get started in the theatre family in 1990. My favorite Houston advice to me early in my acting years was ... - “Don’t worry if you go up on a line. Take a deep breath. Think about where you are in the scene, what was just said and it will come to you. “ Every time I have that inner monologue on stage, I think of him. I ask the theater community to tell a Houston story or share a picture on Facebook in memory of him.
As for the funeral, all I know is this Saturday at Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) at 1:30 is the service. Madeline and Houston also helped establish OLL. They both meant a lot to the Chapin. Community.

Candy (Slater) Lee

December 4, 2019

Sending prayers for your family at this time. I was a piano student of Madeline's over 35 years ago after my family moved to Chapin.

Jim Neal

December 3, 2019

Jeff John and family, BJ and I I want you to know Houston was special to us and the Hulon Greene Community where we were neighbors for several years. Houston served as our President for two of those years.

I first met Ed in the early seventies when his work at Vocation Rehabilitation brought him into frequent contact with my work at the Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. After we both had retired, it was a pleasure to get to know him again as Houston.

We spent many enjoyable evenings with Madeline and Houston

Charles and Polly LaRosa

December 3, 2019

Dear Jeff and John, please know how deeply sorry we are for the loss of your dad. He and your mother were very special to us... in fact he was the Godfather for our son Paul. He was a beloved employee of the SC Vocational Rehab. Dept. and made a career of of helping persons with limitations become gainfully employed.
Our prayers for peace and comfort are with you and your families.
With love,
Charles and Polly

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