Margaret Felicia White was born in Tazewell, Virginia
at 5 Oaks on 30 November, 1869. Her father, Gaspar Corterial
White, was born 17 July 1844 in Wise, Va. He worked for the
railroad and was killed in an accident in Jul 1903. Her
mother, Margaret Austin, was a native of Tazewell. She was
born August 28, 1849. Margaret was one of four children.
She enjoyed horseback riding in her childhood. Her sister
married a man from Welch, W. Va. and she spent time there as well as
She began corresponding with James Sidney McMillan who had seen her
picture in the rooming house he was living in at the time. They
met and were married in Tazewell, Va. on December 27, 1905 with her
grandfather, Samuel Wesley Austin, officiating. She moved with her
new husband to Fort Valley, Ga. Eventually, they bought the home
he was living in and it became a single family residence.
She was a "Southern Lady" through and through. She was mindful of
her duties to her Lord and his church. Living just across the
street from the Methodist Church on Church St. she entertained many of
the ministers who came for meetings or to preach. She was active
in the programs of the church.
She loved her home and took pride in it.
She and her husband had five children. Two died in infancy.
The other 3- 2 girls and a boy grew up with music as an intergral
part of their home life. She was an avid card player as well as
other board games.
Her home was open to the friends of her children as well.
The children spent many happy hours playing tennis, as well as
indoor games. Her life was well rounded.
One of her children was born after she had enjoyed an afternoon of
bridge at a neighbors home. The other players were astonished
because they did not even realize she was going to have a child.
She ministered to the sick around her. After the family moved to
Eustis, Fl., in 1932, she still continued her good works. In 1948 a
neighbor was sick and she took a casserole from her back door to the
neighbors. It had been raining and she slipped and fell. She
broke her hip. It was healing well when a blood clot moved and
she died July 19, 1948.
She was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Eustis.
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