Martha Jane McMillan


August 15, 1928 – May 30, 2019

Martha Jane McMillan, of Hoover, went to be with the Lord early Thursday morning, May 30, 2019, as she passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 90.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband, George Charles; parents, Henry Clay and Nannie McMillan; and six brothers, Howard, Frank, Bill, Lewis, Ward and Bobby McMillan.  

Martha was the youngest of the seven, and liked to say that her parents were determined to have children until they had a beautiful little girl they named “Martha”!

Martha was born in Cordova, and moved to Birmingham in 1960 along with her mother, Nannie, (fondly referred to by family as “Mama Mac”), who she lived with and cared for until her death in 1987. Martha was indeed a “self-made lady”, working hard all of her life in business, with her final job as a loyal Executive Secretary for a V.P. of Nuclear Energy at The Southern Company for many years. She did not marry until 1992 to George Charles, who died in 1999.

Martha had no children of her own, but was survived by many nieces and nephews, far too many to list, but remained especially close to Jerry McMillan (Barbara) of Childersburg; Katherine Pace (Tom) of Huntsville; Jo McMillan (wife of nephew Bryant McMillan, deceased) of Texas, and Mark McMillan (Carol) of Hoover. Martha was especially close to Mark’s mother Mary Lou McMillan, who preceded her in death last May at the same age of 90. They were very close friends for 60-plus years, working together at The Southern Company, and became sisters-in-law after introducing Mary Lou to her brother Lewis McMillan, who married in 1961.  Mary Lou and Lewis’ younger son, Philip, died in 1997. After Martha and Mary Lou were both widows, they were so close that Martha bought a house that came available next door to Mary Lou, living there as next-door neighbors until Martha’s stroke in 2011 necessitated her move to Brookdale Place in Homewood, where she resided until her death. The family would like to thank the staff at Brookdale for their excellent care these past years.

Martha loved to cook, and was known for her fried chicken & biscuits for Sunday dinner after church, which her family always looked forward to! She was a long-time member of Shades Crest Baptist Church of Bluff Park for nearly 60 years.

A joyful Celebration of Life memorial service for Martha will be held Saturday, June 8, at Collins-Burke Funeral Home in Jasper, with visitation starting at 1 p.m.  and services following at 2 p.m. in the chapel, followed by burial at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Collins-Burke Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-5571