Almost Everyone Knows Frank McMillian, His Big Smile
7/3/2014 by BY MIMI BROWN
Just about everyone around Teague knows Frank McMillian. You see him in town at the store or on the sidewalk and he greets everyone with a big broad smile and a cheery hello. He treats everyone he meets like an old friend.
Mr. McMillian was born in Orriville, Alabama, on December 5, 1937, to Dan and Sallie McMillian. He and his sister, Estella grew up in Hazzard, Kentucky, where Frank graduated from Liberty High School. He attended Kentucky State University and Fuzzi-Gaston Business College but graduated from Kentucky Business College in 1956. Mr. McMillian served his country in the United States Army for three years during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sgt.
In 1959 Mr. McMillian graduated from the Kentucky School of Embalming in Louisville, Kentucky and became a licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director in Kentucky and Nationally Certified.
While in the army, he attended 16 weeks of medical school at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and had always wanted to come back to Texas. ?I had applied for a job but found out I would have to do two years of apprenticeship again to get my Texas license,? said Frank. ?I did and then was state licensed for Texas.?
Mr. McMillian moved to Teague in 1975 from Lexington, Kentucky and went to work as Funeral Director in Charge for Willie Livingston who owned Community Funeral Homes; one in Huntsville with a branch in Teague. Frank took over the one in Teague. ?I worked there for 13 years until the bank crashed and the funeral home was seized,? he said.
During his time in Teague Frank met the woman who would be his wife, Choicy Nellum of Simsboro, Texas. When she was asked if it was love at first sight Choicy said, ?No ma?am! I was dating someone else and so was he.? She went on to say, ?It was later that we ran into each other again and began talking and got to know each other.? They were married in 1984. Frank and Choicy each have three children.
Following the seizure of the funeral home, Frank and Choicy moved to Mexia and Frank worked for Doris Keatts at Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home for two and a half years.
The couple moved back to Teague in 1995 so Frank could work for Dr. E.V. Moore at Moore?s Angelic Funeral Home. He retired in 2006. McMillian said, ?I worked for Dr. Moore for 11 years. They are wonderful people. He still calls once in a while if he needs me.? ?Yes, really good people.?
Mr. McMillian is a member of St. Paul Church of God In Christ, Pastor Billy Ray Jackson, and is a Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent. ?I was also a member of the Masons when Rev. Gillespie was Worshipful Master.
At lunchtime you will find Frank McMillian at the Senior Citizens Center eating with his friends and enjoying his time with everyone at the center. Always with a big smile and an obvious joy of living, Frank McMillian is one of the people who makes Teague a great place to live.