James Carroll McMillan

December 23, 1925 ~ September 1, 2022 (age 96) 96 Years Old


GREENSBORO – James C. McMillan, 96, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2022 at Wesley Long Hospital.

Public viewing will be held Friday, September 9, 2022 from 12 until 7 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Home, 1024 Homeland Avenue, Greensboro, NC.

A celebration of life service will be held privately with the family followed by the interment in Lakeview Memorial Park, Greensboro, NC with military honors. Services will be live-streamed and posted on this obituary page for viewing.

He was born in Sanford, NC on December 23, 1925 to James Ernest and Sadie McRae McMillan.

In 1941, at the age of fifteen, young James McMillan graduated valedictorian from his school and moved to Washington, D.C. to attend Howard University.

He was Head of the Art Department at Guilford College from 1969-1988. In 1991 he co-founded the African American Atelier and served as its first President.

McMillan served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1943-1946. He returned to Howard for the final year and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947. In the fall of 1947, McMillan became the Chair of the Art Department at Bennett College. In 1950, he attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C. where he pursued his MFA in Sculpture (completed in 1952).

He was one of the original co-founders and first president of the African American Atelier, which originally opened in 1991. His work can be found at Bennet College, North Carolina Central University, Guilford College, The Weatherspoon Art Museum and Virginia State University.

For many years, he was a member of Saint James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC.

He was preceded in death by his father James Earnest McMillan and mother Sadie McMillan as well as brother Herman McMillan; sister, Delores Del Rio Sanchez; son, Eric W. McMillan; daughter, Frances L. McMillan; grandson, James A. McMillan.

Survivors include, grandsons, Derrick L. McMillan and Marcus N. McMillan; granddaughters, Stephanie C. McMillan Bolton and Margaret R. (McMillan) Hamidou; great-grandchildren, Austin McMillan, Stephen McMillan, Cameron Bolton, Grace Bolton, Cameron McMillan, Natalia McMillan, Brooklyn Terry, Grady Williams IV, Demontea McMillan, Michaela McMillan and Asia Poole; nephews, Ronald Brewington (Elsie) and Raynard Brewington (Myra); other relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank Shenneta Hinds his private nurse for the excellent care and love she provided over the last 8 years.

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