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Thomas Macmillan

December 14, 1926 — April 16, 2020

Mr. Thomas MacMillan, 93, of Dallas, Georgia passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1952. He was the son of John and Mary MacMillan and stepmother, Greta MacMillan. Tom loved his family dearly and was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes MacMillan, his three daughters Shirley Houston, Karen Moore, and Laura Wilson, and his brother John (Ian) MacMillan.

As a young man, Tom joined the British Royal Air Force (RAF) as an Aircraftman Second Class. After a stint in the RAF, he worked as a Junior Draftsman for the John G. Kinkaid Engineers and Boilermakers Company in Greenock, Scotland. After leaving Kinkaid, he joined the British Merchant Navy as a Junior Engineer and worked on the oil tanker, the John Biscoe. In 1960, after residing in the U.S. for 8 years, Tom began working in the Mechanical Engineering Division of Owens-Illinois in Columbus, Ohio. He retired from OI, but just couldn’t stop working and continued to do contract work for the company for some time.

Throughout his life, Tom had nearly as many hobbies and interests as he had tales. Many who knew him will remember being escorted to his basement in the house in Ohio to either see one of his newest paintings or to watch a demonstration of a miniature steam engine or airplane engine. During retirement, he spent a large portion of his time at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center painting portraits or on the side of the road painting scenes of old barns with the Ohio Plein Air Society. More recently, those who met Tom might have also received a tour of his studio space at the Paulding County Fine Arts Association where he enjoyed showing off his prize-winning paintings, his works-in-progress, and the paintings of all of his friends.

Over the years, faith was important to Tom. He and his wife Agnes were active members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio for many years. After moving to Georgia, he attended the Providence Presbyterian Church and more recently, was a member of Hiram United Methodist.

Tom lived a storied life, full of memories and adventures. He loved to recount those stories to all who would listen. He had tales from his younger years in Scotland from rescuing his younger brother, Ian’s head, from between two wrought iron bars to running into a horse’s head on a stroll home after a long night of dancing. Tom was an artful storyteller and his family and friends will fondly remember sitting near him as he recounted his many adventures.

The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the many devoted family members, friends, and attentive caregivers for the love and support given over the years.

Celebrations of life will take place in the Dallas/Hiram area and also in Columbus, Ohio. Specific information about these celebrations will be determined at a later date.

The Smith & Miller Funeral Home of Cedartown is honored to serve the family of Mr. Thomas MacMillan.

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