Elder Theodorsia Chisholm McMillan departed this life on Monday, October 15, 2018. Her life’s journey began September 20, 1953, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the third of four children born to Marcia C. Coles.
Elder McMillan was predeceased by her daughter, Lynn Shelton; husband, James McMillan; oldest sister, Charlene Copeland; and mother, Marcia Coles.
Educated in the Charlottesville City Schools, Theodorsia attended the historic Jefferson Elementary School and graduated from Lane High School. She started her professional career at Centel Phone Company (now CenturyLink, Inc.) in the late 1970’s, having worked there as a dedicated customer service representative for almost 42 years.
Theodorsia was relocated by her employer to Bristol, Tennessee where she met and married the love of her life, Pastor James McMillan. They were married Thanksgiving Day 1996 at the home of her sister, Charlene, and brother-in-law, Andrew, surrounded by family and friends. Theodorsia and James shared their lives, family values, traditions and faith with their son Terrence and precious “bonus daughter”, Khori. Their marriage was woven together by love until James’ passing June 2004.
Upon Pastor McMillan’s death, Theodorsia became Pastor of Kingdom Life Ministries House of Prayer Church, where she served as the pastor for eight years. She was ordained by the late Diocesan Bishop Aaron H. Redd Sr. with Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW). In 2013, Elder McMillan joined King’s Chapel Church, serving under the leadership of the late Elder Timothy Starkey. She was later installed as their Senior Assistant Pastor and served on the Board of Trustees. Elder McMillan’s other church roles included Sunday School teacher, songwriter and being a dynamic speaker. One of her favorite sayings was, “You better take this word and do something with it; don’t let it fall by the wayside. You may not need it today, but tomorrow.”
The joy of Elder McMillan’s life was spending time with her great-granddaughter, Mya Lynn. But she also enjoyed retail therapy, eating ribs and a good piece of cheesecake. She is known for making a delicious dish of macaroni & cheese.
“Peanut” or “Theo”, as her family and friends affectionately called her, had a great sense of humor and an unforgettable laugh. She will be fondly remembered for her sweet spirit.
To cherish her memory and legacy Elder McMillan leaves, one son, Terrence L. “Turk” Chisholm of Plainfield, New Jersey; granddaughter and adopted daughter, Khori Hamlet (Reginald) of Bristol, Tennessee; one grandson, Terik Chisholm of Charlottesville, Virginia; two granddaughters, Taylor Chisholm of North Carolina and Jaylynn Chisholm of Johnson City, Tennessee; one great-granddaughter, Mya Johnson of Bristol, Tennessee; three sisters, Valeria Yancey of Plainfield, New Jersey, Michelle Gause (Eric) of Stafford, Virginia, and Sharronda Washington of Charlottesville, Virginia; two brothers, El ‘Carlos Coles of Charlottesville, Virginia and Michael Gilbert of Maryland; one brother-in-law, Bishop Andrew Copeland of Charlottesville, Virginia, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. Elder McMillan also leaves two special friends, Benita Hopson, and Marjorie Smith.
Funeral services for Elder McMillan will be conducted Saturday October 20, 2018 from Lee St. Baptist Church 1 Mary St. Bristol Va. at 11:00 am. The family will receive friends from 10:00am until the hour of service.