Southern Christian Advocate,
September 28, 1933 issue,
Volume 97 #39 pg 13 col 2:
Mrs Adelaide S McMillan
Mrs Adelaide S McMillan---After an illness of eighteen months, Mrs Adelaide Sherwood McMillan,
widow of Maj Sidney E McMillan, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs Cecil Miles, on
Friday morning, August 18th.
The simple funeral service was conducted by her pastor, Dr Peter Stokes, of the First Methodist
Church of Marion, at five o'clock Saturday afternoon with interment following in the Methodist
Church cemetery beside her husband. The pall bearers were her six grandsons. The flower girls
were her granddaughters. A quartet composed of Mrs M W Hook, Mrs Marion Davis, Rev Carlisle Smith,
and Mr Irwin Bostick, sand "How Firm a Foundation" and "It Is Well With My Soul." They were
accompanied by Mrs E B Hamer.
Mrs McMillan was the oldest citizen of Marion and one of the best beloved.
Born in Wilmington, NC., October 31, 1839, she was in her 94th year. She was a daughter
of Daniel and Elvira Lefferts Sherwood. She was married to Maj Sidney E McMillan on
December 6, 1859 and came to Marion as a bride. Kind, gentle, and affable, a woman of splendid poise, she drew around her a large circle of friends by whom she was greatly loved and admired. Her keen mind, her wit and her wonderful memory were a marvel to all who knew her. She could relate many interesting stories of her girlhood in Wilmington which was only a village at that time; of her summers at Wrightsville Sound; of Marion when there were only two or three stores and about half a dozen houses here. During her early married life, her husband was a Major in the Confederate Army. Once she was allowed to take her young baby and spend the night in the Confederate camp (at Georgetown) with her husband. At another time during the war she was entertained at dinner on a gunboat, a part of which was found in the Great Pee Dee a few years ago. She was a loyal member of the Marion Methodist Church of which she was the first organist. She also taught a Sunday School class for many years and was a faithful member of the Missionary Society.
Mrs McMillan is survived by five daughters and two sons; Mrs W M Monroe, Mrs F M Bryant, an Mrs Cecil Miles of Marion; Mrs W H Waller of Ninety-Six, Mrs J D Humphries of Bishopville; R W McMillan of Myrtle Beach, and F M McMillan of Latta. There are twenty-eight grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. Her oldest son, S A McMillan of Latta preceded her to the grave two years ago.
Mrs McMillan was of a modest, retiring disposition and would shrink from undue praise, but even a short sketch of her life would be incomplete without mentioning her hospitality and her kindness to her friends and loved ones. Gathered at her graveside were many to whom she ministered in time of sickness or trouble. She died as she lived without pretense but with a heart overflowing with love and with abiding faith in God.
Of this good woman it truly may be said, "Her children rise up and call her blessed." (Marion Star)
Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 30 Jul 2002.