First Posted: 1/17/2014
LUMBERTON — Two Parkton churches recently collaborated to endow a scholarship for $20,000 at Robeson Community College in memory of the late John Taylor McMillan, who passed away in June 2012.
McMillan bequeathed funds to Parkton Presbyterian Church and Parkton Methodist Church for the purpose of promoting education.
A native of Parkton, McMillan was a co-valedictorian of Parkton High School’s class of 1956. He was awarded the Willie A. Mangum award for public speaking at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from the university with honors in 1960 and went on to earn his masters in Political Science from Yale University in 1961 and his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1964.
McMillan worked with the North Carolina Institute of Government, Administrative Office of the Courts, and Department of Labor for 30 years. He was also chairman of the board of trustees for the original Holden Beach Chapel in Supply, and established the Frank Porter Graham Lecture Series at the University of North Carolina.
For more than 30 years, McMillan lived in and maintained a National Register House at 511 E. Jones St. in Raleigh.