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Radney Funeral Home - Mobile

3155 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL

OBITUARY

John Henry McMillian

January 26, 1933November 29, 2019
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John Henry McMillian, age 86, of Mobile, Alabama passed away on Friday, November 29, 2019. John was born January 26, 1933 in Alberta, Alabama to Mattie Lee Pettway McMillian and Eddie McMillian. Mr. McMillian served proudly in the United States Army and relocated to California where he dedicated himself to raising his two children, and working. He was a faithful member of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, California, serving in many capacities under the leadership of Dr. James Alfred Smith, Sr. for 30 years. John retired as a Director of the Physiology Department of the university San Francisco California and a member of the black Caucus. After meeting his wife, they retired to Mobile, Alabama to continue their services in the ministry, serving as a Trustee at New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for a time.

He will be greatly missed by the youth he mentored in California, friends, and family. He always had a contagious smile, words of wisdom, and a quick wit.

John is survived by his wife, Ruby M. McMillian; son & daughter-in-law, Allan B. McMillian (Tunisia); daughter, Regina A. McMillian; son & daughter-in-law, Michael J. McMillian (Michelle); step-daughter, Toyia J. Franklin; brother & sister-in-law, James McMillian (Betty); sister, Grace Champion; grandchildren, Kia McMillian, John McMillian, Edin McMillian, Kezia Nelson, Allyah Copeland, and Zachary Copeland; great-grandchild, Parker LaVant; close friends, Randolph Williams (Lula); and numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

John was preceded in death by his father, Eddie McMillian; mother, Mattie Lee Pettway McMillian; sister, Annie Mae Young; and step-son, Taurius Franklin.

A visitation for John will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Radney Funeral Home, 3155 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama 36606, followed by a celebration of life at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Peggie Wingate-Pastor End Time Harvest Church and Dr. Ruby McMillian - Common Touch Empowerment Center Ministries will officiate.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.radneyfuneralhome-mobile.com for the McMillian family.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 7, 2019

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Lesa Hartley

December 8, 2019

So thankful God put this remarkable man in my life many years before we even met. As I sat by your side from time to time you taught me so much more without even saying a word. That smile and humble spirit will light my path until....You did good. I see it in the lives of your children. Thanks for teaching me that LOVE is an action word. It was an honor to be in your presence, I took this picture looking over Mobile Bay the night God called your name.
Love you Pops

Debrah Wells

December 6, 2019

My heart is heavy with the passing of the great, wonderful, caring, loving, God fearing man of John McMillian, who I had the pleasure of calling Dad. I am happy and honored to have been a part of his life. I remember, as a young child, Regina (Gina) and myself would sit in the kitchen on Belvedere Street and eat whatever we found in the fridge. Dad would come home from work and say to me, hey there young lady! I would always laugh and give him a big smile. Daddy McMillian will forever live in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with Regina, Michael and the entire McMillian family.
Love you Dad. Debrah Wells & family.

Michelle McMillian

December 6, 2019

We Love you Grandad!

Regina McMillian

December 6, 2019

Brian Davis

December 5, 2019

John was a dad for us that did not have a dad growing up. I remember all those talks we had in the kitchen at the house in Oakland. Where John would shared his wisdom his knowledge and show me love. He always made sure I was doing ok in school at home and my walk with God. John you're in heaven now walking the streets of gold, until I see you again in heaven I will always love you.You will be truly missed.

Regina McMillian

December 5, 2019

No one can ever take away a father's love from his children.
You were always a protective father.

Regina McMillian

December 5, 2019

Your beloved Daughter
Regina McMillian

Regina McMillian

December 5, 2019

Regina McMillan

December 5, 2019

A real father that will never be forgotten. You are truly my prince charming.
Your baby girl
Regina McMillian

Michelle McMillian

December 5, 2019

I have never been so blessed as I was when I entered the McMillian family. I deeply admired my father-in-law John H McMillian. We spent many hours talking, laughing, and listening to his past experiences. I was honored to have him at our wedding where he gave me away and was his sons Best Man. I was able to talk about anything with him and he was so very humble and polite that he fully trusted me to help him when he needed it the most never complaining. When I fixed him a meal and asked him how was the food, he said, "Delicious and I'd be a fool to complain eating food in your house that you made for me!" I told him he could tell me, and he would laugh. I would ask him if everything is alright and he would say, "Of Course, because I have the G.O.D (spelling it out) in my life. He got onto his grandchildren when he thought necessary and boy would it hurt their feelings. They loved him whistling like a bird, wow was he good at it, sounded like a bird perched in the house. I loved listening to stories about his travels especially his tour with the Army in Germany because I am German. We would speak German with one another and laugh. I have never met a more humble, Godly, respectful, hard working man. I could ask Pops to go anywhere with me and despite it getting difficult for him to get around, he gladly wanted to come, we enjoyed people watching & laughed so hard. When he stayed some weekends with us, I would hear him on knees at the bedside saying his prayers and before every meal, he'd say his Grace. Despite his dementia, pops would shock you out of left field and really drop some game on you! I wish things could have been different during his care but I have to believe that Gods Perfect Will be done and no one else, I wished I had more time to sit and talk with him. He raised his children by himself & did an excellent job at it because his son, Michael McMillian, my husband, is following in his mighty footsteps and doing a great job at it. Love, Michelle McMillian

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