JAMES O. McMILLION
James O. McMillion passed away in his home on
August 28, 2015 in the presence of his wife, Betty, and his
two sons, James Michael and Stephen Mark. Jim never ran
out of funny stories and jokes and never stopped collecting
Jim was born April 11, 1933 and raised in
Summersville, West Virginia where he graduated from
Nicholas County High School in 1951.
He served his country in the Army during the Korean
War. Though his service was two years, the experiences
and stories were numerous and strongly influenced him the
rest of his life. Those same stories also strongly influenced
his two sons who continued the family tradition of service for
a combined 30 years in the Army.
Jim graduated from West Virginia Tech in 1958. At
Tech, he met Betty and they married the year they
graduated before moving to Baltimore, Maryland.
In 1968, Jim established McMillion Lumber Company,
the construction and building-supply business he owned
and operated for 12 years. Finally, he returned to his love
of education to teach drafting at Nicholas County Vo-Tech
and Nicholas County High School, retiring in 1995.
Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty (Shirey)
McMillion; son, Mike and wife Fay Shamanski of Pulaski,
Virginia; son, Mark and wife Toni of Clarksburg;
granddaughters Hannah of Jefferson City, Tennessee; Mary
of Charleston, West Virginia; Isabella and Sophia of
Clarksburg; grandsons Stephen and James of Clarksburg,
and great-granddaughter, Holly of Jefferson City,
Tennessee. His surviving siblings are sister Sue Rapp
(Joe); brothers Steve (Kathleen) McMillion; Joe (Mell)
McMillion—all of Summersville; and sister-in-law, Helen
Shirey of Newton Falls, Ohio. He was preceded in death by
his parents Bernard and Jessie McMillion, also of
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday,
August 30, 2015 in the White Funeral Home at
Summersville with Pastor David Lancaster officiating.
Interment will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at
Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday one-
hour prior to the funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
Memorial United Methodist Church 1317 Webster Road
Summersville, WV 26651.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.