OBITUARY

Rex Dean McMillan

December 11, 1937September 8, 2019

Rex Dean McMillan, 81, passed away peacefully from cancer on September 8, 2019. He was born December 11, 1937 to Earl Preston McMillan and Mozelle Finch McMillan and was an Ole Raleigh Boy all of his years.

Rex graduated from Hugh Morson High School in 1955 where he played basketball and baseball for the Raleigh Caps and Wake Forest College in 1959, where he excelled in baseball, was All American and ACC batting champion in 1958. He was signed by the Pittsburg Pirates where he played on their minor league team for several years. He also proudly served in the US Army. He worked as a sales representative for IBM and later in the furniture industry.

For some years, Rex was one of the late Charlie Craven’s pool hall characters in his News and Observer columns, known by many of his readers as “Rexy-Rexy” and loved every minute of his notoriety! At 48-years-old, he walked from Murphy-to-Manteo, 561 miles, in 15 days, winding up at Nags Head Beach on the Outer Banks, and said it was one of the greatest experiences of his life!

Rex was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and was a faithful member of the Vanguard Sunday School Class and Early Birds.

Rex is predeceased by his parents and brother-in-law, Samuel Morris “Buddy” Wayburn, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jane; daughters Laura Gray McMillan and Rebecca McMillan Glendy and husband Mike; his pride and joy and best buddy, grandson, Ryan Michael Glendy; sister, Jay McMillan Huffman and family; brother, Lynn G. McMillan and wife Linda and family; sister-in-law, Carol (Wayburn) Boyette and husband Jimmy and family; and nine nieces and nephews he loved dearly. He also leaves behind cousins he enjoyed for many years, especially at family reunions.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, 112 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh at 1:00pm with visitation with the family following.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Friendship Fund at First Presbyterian Church, or Caring Community Foundation, which provides financial assistance to Triangle cancer patients, PO Box 1364, Cary, NC 27512.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, September 13, 2019

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Tim Roney

September 12, 2019

The time I got to spend with Rex McMillan was brief but memorable. I had the honor of meeting Rex when he was visiting his lovely wife Jane in the Seekers Bible Study class at First Presbyterian Church. I enjoyed listening to a few of his stories from his youth, such as being signed to a professional baseball contract. As a huge baseball fan myself, I thought it was really interesting that he had played professional baseball. One thing that he mentioned about his time playing baseball that made a real impression on me was how he put the money to good use for his family and didn't squander it. I could tell that Rex put family first, and was, therefore, a terrific family man. He will be very missed.

Willard Barbee

September 12, 2019

Jane,
I was saddened to read of Rex' passing.
May God give you peace and comfort in this difficult time.

Willard Barbee

albert long

September 11, 2019

Many good years playing against him with my Tar Heels, and then one year together in Siler City (semi-pro) before he signed. I am not going to tell you what we called him (nick name) but I'll tell you this. If he ever got a hold of one it went a "long-long" way!!!!!

Luther & Joyce Green

September 11, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of sorrow. I remember the good times we had together. Thanks for a race well run!

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