Ernest Dwight Milholen

June 6, 1944August 9, 2018
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Ernest Dwight “Ike” Milholen, formerly of Siler City, NC, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Grand Strand Hospital, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Ike was born in Rowan County, NC on June 6, 1944 the son of Thomas L and Myrtle Eddleman Milholen. Ike served his country with 4 years in the United States Navy. In his early career, he was founder of the Hickory Mountain Golf Course in Chatham Country, NC. He was a founding partner and President of Basic Metal Products, Inc. in Siler City, NC for many years before becoming a General Contractor in North Carolina and South Carolina. At the time of his death he was still active in the construction industry in the Myrtle Beach and Horry County area.

Ike was an avid golfer who will be missed by his many golfing buddies and especially by local friend Roy Hunter, his long time high school friend, Jake Hart and his brother Bill. He loves spending time with his family and friends and two dogs, Roxie and Jax. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his brothers, James, Clinton, Tommy, Harold and his sister Inez Milholen. Ike is survived by his wife, Sheri Slagle Milholen, daughter Melissa Hockaday (Rodney) of Raleigh, NC and son Ernie Milholen (Marcia) of Wilmington, NC and beloved grandchildren Jordan and Aleigh Hockaday, Zoe and Mia Milholen and his sister Mable M. Miller (Walter) of Matthews, NC and brother William F. Milholen (Sallie) of Siler City, NC.

The family will be receiving friends Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm at Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Little River, SC. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society or


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Melissa Hockaday

August 13, 2018

What my Daddy Taught Me:

To work hard and never give up
To be independent
To love chocolate covered cherries
That all work and no play was no way to live
To grow tomatoes (big ones!)
To love fried okra
To get up early. Morning is the best time of the day
And to love my family no matter what

Love you Daddy! Save me a seat, cause I'll see you again!


Diane Smith

August 12, 2018

Dear Sheri and Family,

We will miss Ike always and will cherish all of the good times spent over the years. He was a wonderful person we were honored to know.

Love to all,

Jim and Diane

Elizabeth Daniels

August 11, 2018

Thinking of you all and the great times our family had with you and Ike. What a fun loving man who loved his family!! He will truly be missed..❤️

Akan Koch

August 11, 2018

Ginger Roberts

August 11, 2018

Missy and Ernie; your dad was one of the great men around. He was a hard and fair boss who taught me lots. I remember when he took the memory seminar and was getting all of us at the office to randomly pick page numbers out of magazines, so that he could recite all the articles and stories on that page. He will be missed, even though i haven't seen him since his move. You all are in my prayers

Sherry and Billy Kidd

August 11, 2018

Dear family,

We were so very sorry to hear of Ike’s passing. A special friend to us.

Sherry and Billy

Patricia Rainier

August 11, 2018

RIP our sweet friend. We loved you like you were family. We will always hold you in our heart and have fond memories of all the fun and times we shared. Love you
Pat and Kevin