Services for Mr. Martis Stephen Milling will be held 11 am, Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with Rev. Jerry Bennett, Rev. Paul Sistrunk, and Rev. Junior Price officiating. Burial will be in Lucern Church of God Cemetery with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Milling, 81, of Union, died Monday, July 6, 2009 at his residence (20064 Hwy 489 Union, Ms. 39365).
Martis S. Milling was born on June 27, 1928 to Bennie and Oma Milling in Newton County, Mississippi. He was the fifth of seven children. He was raised and attended school at Lucern and graduated at Conehatta, where he enjoyed playing on the basketball team.
He joined the Marines at the age of 16, on April 25, 1945, just as the war was ending. He served for two years, then was honorably discharged. He came back home and went back to school. After a few years of traveling around working several different jobs, he decided to go into brick masonary.
On November 14, 1953, he married Mary Ann Walton and they lived in the County Line community with their son, Steve. In 1960, she lost her life in a tragic accident at home. Nearly three years later, he met Helen Smith, and they were married on July 3, 1963. They had two children, Mark and Sharon.
He continued laying brick for several years until, after three back surgeries, doctors strongly encouraged him to find a different occupation. In the late 60’s, he started building steel beams and built himself two chicken houses. Shortly after that, he started building chicken houses for other people. In 1984, he went into the Styrofoam business, helping to bring Century Insulation to Union. He left his wife, Helen, and the children to take care of the chickens, in the process making sure they kept busy while he was occupied.
In 1986, he started a concrete business and soon had concrete plants in Union, Sebastopol, and Decatur. In 1987, he was appointed to complete a county supervisor’s term in Beat 3, returning to his business when the term was completed. He continued in the concrete business until he retired in 1993, selling the business to his son, Steve. Upon retirement, he worked around his property with his cows.
During all this time, he attended Lucern Church of God faithfully, serving as Deacon for many years and also as a Sunday School teacher.
As you can see, he was a person who was going to be busy doing something all the time, and he did his best to see that his family kept busy as well. Most days, even after retirement, he was working on something somewhere from daylight to dark.
In 2000, he began to experience some health problems, and managed to recover pretty well until 2004, when he suffered a major stroke. He went through rehab at Riley’s where he enjoyed proving the doctors wrong by walking out of the hospital under his own strength two months later.
For a couple of years, he was able to get around okay and enjoyed the time with his family and his many friends, but in 2007, he began a slow decline and ended up confined to the bed for most of the last two years of his life until he passed away on July 6, 2009, at the age of 81. Helen rarely left his side during his struggles and was so appreciative of the help she got from Stay-Home and Hospice during this time.
Wife of 46 years:
Helen Smith Milling of Union
Stephen (Steve)A. Milling and wife Kim of Union
Mark D. Milling and wife Laura of Meridian
Sharon Milling Clarke and husband Graham of Decatur
Rita Perry and husband Donald
Dana Milling Germany and husband Jaye, Morgan Milling, Carly Milling, Claire Milling, Cole Milling,
AnnaLea Clarke, Abigail Clarke
Great-grandchild: Connor Germany
Elizabeth Milling Dallas and husband Bobby
Elois Milling Mars
Sisters-In-Law: Hazel Milling, Mae Milling, Marion Milling, Jo Walton Sharp, Gail Walton Pederson and husband Jense
Brother-In-Law: Dwight Walton and wife Catherine
He was survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ann Walton Milling,
1 great grandson: J.J. Germany, father, Bennie Milling, brothers, Odell Milling, Dollis Milling, Bernard Milling, sisters, Bonnie Milling Williams, brothers-in-law, Leon Mars, Ardell Sharp, Francis Regan, and Willie Williams
Pallbearers: Jimmy Milling, Chris Milling, Jay Germany, Cole Milling, Rudolph Agent, Shawyn Mars, Randy Smith, Ray Travis, Ralph Gordon, Dwight Walton
Honorary Pallbearers: George Buck Gilmore, Kenoth Thorton, Lloyd Walters, Caron Thorton, Bobby Dallas, Hugh Smith, O’Neal Vance, Jim Evans, Elton Wall, Robert Amis Wall, John Keith Henry, and James Harris Addy