Services for David George Milligan, of Pell City, Alabama, age 103, were held Monday, April 19, 2010 at First Baptist Church Pell City. After Jesus finished preparing a place for him, David went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Interment was in the Valley Hill Cemetery. Rev. Milligan is preceded in death by his first wife, Neva Dell; and his daughter, Moyra Milligan Symonds, of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada. He is survived by his current wife, Eunice Perryman Milligan; two sons, Dr. David (Pat) Milligan, Granbury, TX; Robert (Darlene) Milligan, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada; two daughters, Marjorie Milligan Knighton, Colorado Springs, CO, and Esther (Bob) Milligan Burroughs, Greer, SC.; two stepsons, John (Frances) Perryman, Pell City, AL and Frank Perryman, Atlantic City, NJ; 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Rev. Milligan was born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 9, 1906. He grew up in Alberta Canada, the youngest of four children born to John Nelson Milligan and Annie McKee Milligan. They had immigrated to Canada from Ireland by way of Pittsburg, PA. It was from this family that he inherited a wonderful sense of humor as well as a delightful Irish brogue. Rev. Milligan and his first wife of 62 years, Neva Dell, began their relationships with their Lord and Savior together. After beginning his career as a teacher, the Lord called him into ministry soon thereafter. Graduating from seminary and being an ordained minister, he pastored churches in Canada, Oklahoma, California and Alabama. After retiring, he and Neva served as volunteer missionaries in New England and several places overseas. Following the death of his wife in 1996, he later married Eunice Perryman of Pell City, AL, and continued in ministry with her. He wrote a book “Prayers of the Heart” at 98 years of age. He had a deep abiding passion for preaching the Good News and was a good and faithful servant of God, preaching his last sermon at the age of 102 for a community gathering in Pell City, AL. While living in Marshall, TX, Rev. Milligan was celebrated as the Father of the Year by Central Baptist Church, and his five children were present. One of his most precious gifts of service to his family, friends, and fellow servants of the Lord was his faithful and daily practice of intercessory prayer on their behalf, many times on his knees before the Lord. Following in the footsteps of Jesus, Rev. Milligan was also a carpenter—woodworking many cherished pieces for his family and friends. Throughout the early years of his life, he also played he violin for his family. Blessed with a green thumb and wealth of knowledge of natural growing methods, he grew vegetables and flowers most of his life and was always proud of his tomatoes and roses. All twelve years Rev. Milligan spent in Pell City, AL, he and Eunice have been involved in the First Baptist Church, especially in Senior activities. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you will contribute to the Mission Program of First Baptist Church, Pell City, AL. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City directed the services. Condolences may be offered at www.kilgroefh.com.
Published on  April 22, 2010