Harrison McMillan Jr., 71 peacefully went home to be with the Lord on August 15, 2020 at Peace Health Hospital. He was born December 4, 1948 in Durham N.C. to the late Harrison McMillan Sr. and the late Mrs. Annie Louise McMillan. Harrison was also preceded in death by his sister Mary McMillan.
Harrison was educated in the Durham City Public Schools. He graduated from Hillside High School in 1967 and later attended Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.
Harrison joined the Air Force in 1967 and upon discharge in 1971 joined the Washington State Air National Guard where he served faithfully until his retirement.
Harrison worked at Bonneville Power Administration for 44 years where he received numerous awards for outstanding contributions. He retired in 2009. Not being one to just sit at home, he worked part-time for Ace Security Company until his health declined. He was always dependable and took pride in his work.
Harrison was affectionately known as "Mac" to all his friends. He never met a stranger and was always ready to talk "especially about sports." He was well known in the sports arena for his basketball and football officiating . "Mac" did not take any "stuff", he went strictly by the book. He also was a referee for the Vancouver City Softball league and along standing member of the Evergreen Athletic Association.
Harrison was a member of the 1965-1967 "Pony Express", the Hillside High School Basketball team that set amazing records under Coach Carl Easterling. The team scored an average of 105 points a game during the season. This historic record endures to this day. The camaraderie between the team members remains even today, mutual trust and friendship.
Harrison served his community and state in many ways. He was a long time member of Blacks in Government, an organization that is mandated to promote equity, excellence and opportunity through employee advocacy, professional development and empowerment of African Americans at all levels of government. He served as Worship Master of Prince Hall Lodge # 47 in Vancouver.
Harrison was an avid golfer. He loved his golf outings and was a member of the Leisure Hour Golf Club in Portland, Oregon. He also was a member of Bonneville Bowling League in Vancouver, Washington.
Harrison was famous for his "Barbeque RIBS". Everyone wanted him to cook them for their gatherings, super bowl parties and cookouts. If you said "Mac" was cooking the ribs, everyone knew they would be great.
Harrison is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jeanya Cobb McMillan; two daughters, Nichelle (James) Bethune and Natalie (Devin) Allen and a special son Maurice Davis. Grandchildren, James Jr., Neah, Nyla, Aleigha and Alivia. Brother Ronald (Ronnie )(Janie) McMillan and sister Elitia Ann McMillan both of Durham, N.C. Sister-in-law, Jerris (Eugene) Wells of Drakes Branch, VA. and brother-in-law Claude C. Cobb lll of Durham, N.C., Nieces – Shajuana Mcmillan, Shalese Pugh, Jherylris Mcmillan , Ivy Perkins, Joy Smith, Allyson Cobb, Cristy Cobb, Leah Cobb, Tiajuanna Mcmillan, Elitsha Adams, Nephews - Eugene D. Wells lll , Anthony Mcmillan. Kevin Mcmillan His kind smile and good nature will always be remembered.
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Funeral Service on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 1000 am By invitation from family due to COVID- 19 limitations of people allowed in chapel.
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