OBITUARY

Billie Joyce Thomson McMillan

June 12, 1938June 30, 2018
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Billie Joyce Thomson McMillan, 80, of Collierville, TN, went to be with her Lord on June 30, 2018. She was born June 12, 1938, in Memphis, TN to Ben and Mildred Thomson (deceased). She graduated from Central High School in 1956. Billie was a member of Germantown Baptist Church and loved being able to serve the Lord as a director of GBC Childrens' Choirs for several years. Her life revolved around caring for and educating children as she was owner/operator of McMillan and Thomson Dance Studios and also Happy Times Day Care, both at several locations through the years. She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Samuel (Sammy) McMillan and a sister, Nancy Thomson Saigeon (Ronnie). She is also survived by her daughters, Debbie McMillan Mills (Larry) of Collierville, TN, Tami Lynn McMillan of Germantown, TN, Dana Joyce McMillan of Rossville, TN; sons of a fourth daughter, Tina Sheri' Sitzes McMillan, preceding her in death: Dustin Benjaman Combs McMillan and Samuel Sitzes McMillan of Memphis, TN; two grandchildren, Keith Allen Mills (Aundrea) of Olive Branch, MS and Erica Leigh Baumer of Collierville, TN; five great-grandchildren, Rylie McKenzie Mills, Ethan Cole Mills and Hayley Coleen Mills of Olive Branch, MS and Savannah Leigh Baumer and Lincoln James Baumer of Collierville, TN. Visitation will be held Saturday, July 7 at Collierville Funeral Home from Noon until the funeral service begins at 2:00 pm. Burial will follow afterwards at approximately 3:45 pm at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Rd. Bartlett, TN. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to Page Robbins Adult Day Center in Collierville, TN

  • FAMILY

  • Samuel (Sammy) McMillan, Husband
  • Nancy Thomson Saigeon (Ronnie), Sister
  • Debbie McMillan Mills (Larry), Daughter
  • Tami Lynn McMillan, Daughter
  • Dana Joyce McMillan, Daughter
  • Tina Sheri' Sitzes McMillan, Daughter
  • Dustin Benjaman Combs McMillan, Grandchild
  • Samuel Sitzes McMillan, Grandchild
  • Keith Allen Mills (Aundrea), Grandchild
  • Erica Leigh Baumer, Grandchild
  • Rylie McKenzie Mills, Great Grandchild
  • Ethan Cole Mills, Great Grandchild
  • Hayley Coleen Mills, Great Grandchild
  • Savannah Leigh Baumer, Great Grandchild
  • Lincoln James Baumer, Great Grandchild
  • DONATIONS

  • Page Robbins Adult Day Center in Collierville, TN

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, July 7, 2018
REMEMBERING

Billie Joyce Thomson McMillan

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Nancy Christopher Blackwell

July 15, 2018

My mom and dad bought a home in Parkway Village one door down from the McMillans on Chancellor. I was a teenager and her girls were younger. I remember them well and fondly. After I married and had a child of my own, I worked for them at Happy Times for a short while. I remember that you guys had a red speedboat back in the 60’s and my dad bought that boat after my mom passed away and he moved back home to the Kentucky Lake area. We lost dad in 2016. He was 91. Only fond memories of this family. Prayers for your family during these sad times.

Emily Gift

July 15, 2018

Just heard about this today and my thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Spent many great summers at the McMillan’s pool as my late mom, Tina Gift, taught swimming lessons there. Tami was a classmate of mine. My sister Leslie and I took dance from Miss Billie. Unfortunately, I just learned to work the coke machine, which was difficult, as I had to open a door and pull the bottle out simultaneously!

Tria Cook

July 15, 2018

My heart grieves with you Sam, Debbie, Tami, Dana, Nancy and all of your precious family. Continuing to pray that God will comfort you as only He can. Love to you all.

I have so many wonderful memories of Billie, I don’t even know where to begin. A few special ones: of her generous hospitality to our church youth group with pool parties; of going to see Sam, Billie and Nancy’s show several times with Debbie, Rudy & Keith…we always had so much fun! Ms Billie taught my kids in children’s choir at PVBC and I remember a few times running the other direction when I saw her coming my way because I was afraid of what one of them had done that day! She was always patient with them, and encouraging to me as a young mom. Wonderful memories of going to Chattanooga for Reach Out women’s retreats. She always made those bus trips so fun! Ms Billie wowed me as a mom on several occasions and I learned from her, not by sitting down and being taught, but by observing her faith on display in good times and in hard times.

Billie was such a wonderful role model for me, in how she loved Sam, her daughters, her grands and great-grands, but most of all Jesus….and had fun doing it. I am so thankful that God chose to intersect my life with hers and I look forward to seeing her again for all eternity!

Marsha Klimetz

July 10, 2018

Ms Billie was always so sweet to my children in their years at Happy Times. But my fondest memory of her was how she showed sisterly love! She and he sister, Nancy, did their “Sisters” song and dance for us ladies on a Kay Arthur retreat. It was the sweetest and cutest thing to see the two of them dancing and singing together!!!!! So much love!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Marta King

July 10, 2018

What a wonderful time I had living on Chancellor as a young teenager! Billie and the entire family were so welcoming- their home was always open! It was a joy to be there-whether it was being in the house listening to music or swimming in the pool. I am thankful for having known Billie and her beautiful, loving smile.

Dana McMillan

July 10, 2018

Mom was the best mother anyone could have. Nobody could cheer me up on a bad day like Mom. She was so smart and I always appreciated her advice. She never forced it on me, but I always solicited it because she was so wise and was usually right. She was a parent to me when I was a child, but she became my best friend once I became an adult. I love her so much and will miss her terribly until I see her again. I’m happy she is with her Savior, Jesus Christ, no longer shackled by her earthly body. Love you so much, Mom. See you soon. #4

Sandi Gahagan

July 10, 2018

I worked for Billie for 35 years as managing director over the Happy Times Day Care Centers. During this time she never once made me feel as if I was an employee. She and Sammy made me feel as if I was a co-owner. She was my friend, my sounding board, my mentor and my spiritual advisor and prayer partner. She had a way of making you feel good no matter the circumstances. I remember one day when I was going through a personal hardship she and Sammy came into my office and closed the door saying we have something we need to discuss with you . I was thinking oh no it must be serious for them both to be here and was bracing myself for bad news when they suddenly burst into a song and dance routine of " gray skies are going to clear up put on a happy face " That was my " Billie Boss" always thinking of others and bringing joy and encouragement into their lives. I look forward to that day when I will see her dancing singing and laughing again!

Joanne Tucker

July 10, 2018

The hours my Nicole and Stacey spent at McMillan and Thompson and the recitals are some of my fondest memories. You were always a bundle of never ending energy and friendliness. ❤️

Robin White

July 9, 2018

I remember one trip to New York when we danced on the Ted Mack Show. One "free" night, Miss Billie took us to see the Rockettes and to watch a movie at Radio City Music Hall. She sat behind me in the theater, and during a kissing scene in the movie (Dr. Zhivago), she promptly put her hands over my eyes so I couldn't watch! See, I was the youngest in the senior class, and she knew my mother would have done the same thing! 🤣 There are so many more memories, and I treasure them all! A tune just now popped in mind mind, " ...just put on a happy face!"
And now I enjoy one of my granddaughters while she performs! Always in my heart, Miss Billie!

Debbie Mills

July 9, 2018

Now that Mom is with Jesus I am so happy that she is not suffering nor confused any more. Her service was a beautiful reminder of her life and her love for her Savior Jesus Christ. I hope to make her proud and continue her legacy by striving to be a Godly woman like she modeled.
I love you Mommy and can’t wait to see you soon.
Your Debbie.

Biography

Billie Joyce Thomson McMillan, 80, of Collierville, TN, went to be with her Lord on June 30, 2018. She was born June 12, 1938, in Memphis, TN to Ben and Mildred Thomson (deceased). She graduated from Central High School in 1956. Billie was a member of Germantown Baptist Church and loved being able to serve the Lord as a director of GBC Childrens' Choirs for several years. Her life revolved around caring for and educating children as she was owner/operator of McMillan and Thomson Dance Studios and also Happy Times Day Care, both at several locations through the years. She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Samuel (Sammy) McMillan and a sister, Nancy Thomson Saigeon (Ronnie). She is also survived by her daughters, Debbie McMillan Mills (Larry) of Collierville, TN, Tami Lynn McMillan of Germantown, TN, Dana Joyce McMillan of Rossville, TN; sons of a fourth daughter, Tina Sheri' Sitzes McMillan, preceding her in death: Dustin Benjaman Combs McMillan and Samuel Sitzes McMillan of Memphis, TN; two grandchildren, Keith Allen Mills (Aundrea) of Olive Branch, MS and Erica Leigh Baumer of Collierville, TN; five great-grandchildren, Rylie McKenzie Mills, Ethan Cole Mills and Hayley Coleen Mills of Olive Branch, MS and Savannah Leigh Baumer and Lincoln James Baumer of Collierville, TN. Visitation will be held Saturday, July 7 at Collierville Funeral Home from Noon until the funeral service begins at 2:00 pm. Burial will follow afterwards at approximately 3:45 pm at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Rd. Bartlett, TN. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to Page Robbins Adult Day Center in Collierville, TN