Wednesday, August 24, 2016

66th McMillin Reunion

The 66th annual reunion of the McMillin & Related Families of Louisville and Winston County, MS gathered on August 6 & 7 at Lake Tiak O'Khata. This annual gathering began in 1951 and is a branch of the Clan MacMillan Society of North America, which itself was founded in 1958. Both groups are branches of Clan MacMillan International, founded in 1892.

On Saturday, the rains came and the McMillins, who had plans to meet for the annual cook out in the Grove of Lake Tiak O'Khata, wondered where they were to take cover! Being resourceful and resilient, as McMillins are, located an inside venue, and sixty-two McMillins enjoyed a meal of hamburgers, hotdogs and bratwurst in the comfort of an air conditioned, mosquito free and completely rain free room! President, David McMillin, of Monroe, LA once again served as chef and a variety of side dishes, desserts, and drinks were contributed. Two dishes especially received rave reviews: Shirley McMillin's scrumptious vanilla wafer cake and Claire Crowell's decadent bread pudding.

Bagpipes were heard on Sunday morning, August 7 as Tim Gordon of Carthage, MS, greeted the 87 McMillins as they arrived for day two of the reunion. Old and young alike were delighted to hear the sounds of the wind instrument.

Each member signed the register, which was initiated in the beginning years by the late Boyd McMillin, father of Danna McMillin Bennett. Bonnie Broadway and Janet Donoho, assisted at the registration table. It is interesting to note that Janet and Bonnie met and found they were cousins through and shortly thereafter Janet began the trek from Dallas, Texas to Mississippi in August for the McMillin & Related Reunions. Janet is descended from Joanna McMillin and Bonnie from George McMillin. Joanna and George were brother and sister and children of Samuel Fitten and Sarah Jane Barmore McMillin.

The gathering began with McMillin Grands marching into the Colonial Room singing the “MacMillan Rallying Song.” Maggie Elizabeth Crew of Ringgold, GA, daughter of Dan & Melissa McMillin Crew accompanied on the flute. Grands participating this year were Lyla and Lynlee McMillin, daughters of Stephen & Jennifer Lynne McMillin; Grayson and McMillin Moomaw, sons of Charlie & Ashley McMillin Moomaw; Mac Faulkner, son of Andrew & Jamie Faulkner; Maggie, Samuel, Eleanor, Eli, and Isaac Crew, children of Dan & Melissa McMillin Crew; Frazier Bahm, son of Kip & Faith Bahm, and River Smith, daughter of Robert & Hope Bahm Smith. All children sported the MacMillan Hunting Tartan.

The Colonial Room was decorated with the traditional MacMillan tartans as well as American and Scottish flags. Carol McMillin and daughter, Ashley McMillin Moomaw designed beautiful flower arrangement which complemented the gold and red colors of the tartans and flags splendidly. The vases adorned each table and sat atop squares of MacMillan tartans.

President David McMillin presided over the event and welcomed each guest.

Rev. Percy Mac Frazier of Franklinton, LA presented the morning devotional entitled “Serving God's Purpose”. He reminded us that many of the relatives that have gone before us did fulfill the purposes of God in their lives and have left a legacy for us to build upon. Just as Elisha took Elijah's mantle and carried on the work of God, we as a family of McMillins need to leave a godly legacy for those who come after us. God's work must go on.

Bagpiper, Tim Gordon played “Amazing Grace” after the devotional, and Frazier Bahm, of Franklinton, LA offered the blessing.

Lunch was followed by an introduction of families and a brief description of how they were related to William McMillin, the Scotch-Irish immigrant who settled in Winston County in the mid 1830's. William and wife, Margaret Elizabeth McInnis are buried in the Old Baptist Cemetery on Parks Street. Each member of the McMillin & Related Families is descended from William McMillin's lineage.

Vice President, Jonathan McMillin, of Madison, MS, recognized special guests: youngest in the group was four month old Parker Jenkins McMillin son of Jay and Megan McMillin of Louisville. Parker was born on April 28, 2016. His little cousin, Charlie Brooke McMillin, daughter of Jonathan and Meredith McMillin of Madison is about one month older. Both are grandchildren of Jamie & Lisa McMillin of Louisville. Sisters, Jane McMillin and Sue McMillin Faulkner of Lampasas, TX were again recognized for traveling the greatest distance....a long 10 hour drive for this annual event. Jamie McMillin took the award away from Johnny McMillin this year by bringing 14 of his immediate family. Each adult was treated for luncheon as a gift of gratitude and Baby Parker was given a Jesus Storybook Bible.

We mourn the loss of several of our family members: Harvey Keith Hudson, husband of Linda Ward Hudson of Louisville passed away on December 16, 2016; Georgia Elizabeth Price Bennett of Tupelo, wife of the late Samuel Gilbert Bennett passed away on July 28, 2016. We also learned of the death of Timothy Reid McCully of Houston, TX on November 12, 2015. Brother,Thomas McCully and niece Marla McCully were return attendees at this year's reunion. We were glad to have Jimmy Moore and son Keith back this year after the passing of dear wife and mother, Christine Moore of Collierville, TN on July 25, 2015.

We rejoice at new births: Charlie Brooke McMillin, born on March 17, 2016 and Parker Jenkins McMillin born on April 28. 2016. Patri Frazier Gast welcomed a new granddaughter Edith Lorraine Gatewood on August 12, 2016 and cousin Raina Aurelia Bahm was born on June 27, 2016. Raina is the granddaughter of Faith Frazier Bahm.

This year we added graduations and other life events to share in hopes to get to know the kin better. Space does not permit adding each announcement, but we rejoiced, grieved, and were touched by each life event spoken.

Danna McMillin Bennett of Mt. Juliet, TN, read the minutes from the first reunion written by her dad, the late Boyd McMillin. Listed in the minutes were the names and genealogy of attendees...about 130 relatives. From that list, there are some McMillins that attended the first reunion that are present at today’s 66th reunion: Danna McMillin Bennett, Bonnie Sue Elam Broadway, Hallie Jean Frazier Blalock, Percy Mac Frazier, Linda Ward Hudson, John Arnell McMillin, Margaret Ann McMillin, and Jimmy Moore.

As our program for the day, Tim Gordon, bagpiper, frequent traveler to Scotland, author, photographer, and lover of all things Scottish, tested the group’s knowledge of Scotland with a quiz! What a fun and educational exercise it was to learn….if answers were not known….that Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, that there are approximately 7 million in sheep population while the people population is only about 5 million! “A Scottish Quiz” seemed to be a huge success as it got everyone involved and created much interaction!
(And GOOGLING was not allowed!)

Claire Crowell gave the treasurer’s report and announced that the account was growing and that dues were sent to Scotland.

Secretary, Sylvia Bennett McMillin reminded everyone to make certain the information on the master list was correct and encouraged all to book rooms for next year’s reunion.

Jamie McMillin gave the update on the Cemetery Fund stating the group still has plans to erect a monument in the Masonic Cemetery in Louisville for William C. McMillin. (1831-1861) William was one of the six sons of David Ennis and Margaret Ann Kerr McMillin and was grandson of William McMillin, the immigrant, and Margaret McInnis McMillin.

For new business a change of reunion date from the first Sunday in August to an earlier week was discussed. The main reason for considering a change was because of the early start date of schools around the country. The discussion was tabled and will be visited again.

The current officers agreed to serve again for the 2016-2017 year: President, David McMillin; Treasurer, Claire Crowell; Secretary, Sylvia McMillin; Cemetery Fund Treasurer, Jamie McMillin. Dr. F. Lamar McMillin, Jr is clan historian.

 McMillin Grands Attending Reunion Dressed in MacMillan Tartan 
               Top L to R  Frazier Bahm & River Smith;  Eleanor, Samuel, Maggie, Eli & Isaac Crew; Mac Faulkner
               Bottom L to R   Charlie Brooke McMillin;  Lynlee, Lyla McMillin, Grayson & McMillin Moomaw; Jayson & Parker McMillin

The 2017 reunion will take place on August 6, 2017 at Lake Tiak O’Khata. The cook out will be held on Saturday, August 5.

Dr. Fitten Lamar McMillin, Jr. ended the 66th reunion with a “MacMillan Exhortation,” exhorting McMillins “to remember the poor, pray for the sick, make no peace with injustice, and continue to learn to aid the distressed.”

Attendees for the 2016 Reunion

From Louisville: Johnny & Claire Crowell, Linda Ward Hudson, Barbara McMillin, Daniel and Tia McMillin, Jamie & Lisa McMillin, Jay, Megan, Jayson, & Parker Jenkins McMillin, Larry & Margaret Woodward

From other MS cities: Jan & Andria Barnes, Mooresville; Bonnie Elam Broadway, Pascagoula; Mildred Coggins, Tupelo; Lance & Reba Greer, Oxford; Amy Janeen McCully Hagelston, Hattiesburg; Donald Thomas Hammack, Biloxi; Thomas Hammack, Gulfport; Jimmy Johnson & daughter, Chelsea Baldini, Long Beach; Joyce Johnson, Long Beach; F. Lamar & Carol McMillin, Vicksburg; Jonathan, Meredith, & Charlie Brook McMillin, Madison; Paul & Hannah McMillin, Madison; Shirley McMillin, Carthage; Stephen, Jennifer Lynne, Lynlee & Lyla McMillin, Vicksburg; Charlie, Ashley, Grayson, & McMillin Moomaw, Madison

From AL: Beth Blalock, Tuscaloosa; Hallie Jean Blalock, Tuscaloosa; Marla McCully, Birmingham; Thomas McCully, Chelsea; Billie Joy Johnson Tucker, Eldridge

From GA: Missy McMillin Crew and children, Maggie, Samuel, Eleanor, Eli & Isaac, Ringgold; Cole Haggard, Cumming

From LA: Kip, Faith & Frazier Bahm, Franklinton; Percy Mac & Lenora Frazier; Larry & Patri Gast, Folsom; Suzanne Haggard, Metarie; David & Leesa McMillin, Monroe; Robert Reid, Hope & River Smith, Denham Springs; Bruce & Lisa McMillin Townsend, West Monroe

From TN: Danna McMillin Bennett, Mt. Juliet; Margaret Ann McMillin, Ooltewah; John & Sylvia McMillin, Ooltewah; Jimmy Moore, Collierville; Keith Moore, Memphis

From TX: David Boswell, Wylie; Ken & Beth Coggins, Irving; Paul Coggins, Farmers Branch; Janet Donoho, Dallas; Andrew, Jamie, & Mac Faulkner, Houston; Sue Zane McMillin Faulkner, Lampasas; Jane McMillin, Lampasas; Mark, Patricia, & Brian Moore, Houston