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William Doyle Millican, 73

William Doyle Millican, age 73, of Jacksonville, Arkansas passed away on Friday, April 13th, 2018, surrounded by family. He was born on October 6, 1944 in Stamps, Arkansas to Doris Marie Owen Millican & Doyle Rolan Millican. Bill was a proud member of the Stamps High School Class of ‘62 and graduate of Southern Arkansas University, with BS degree in Education and MS degree in Counseling.  Bill was retired from the United States Armed Services, having served a combined 38 years in the Army, Navy, and Air Force, with a retired rank of Sergeant First Class. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon. He was last stationed at Camp Robinson in the 87th Troop Command. Bill was also known to many as Coach Millican, having coached football at Brinkley High School, Earle High School, and Center High School in Texas. He was also, an avid golfer, card shark, and longtime Dallas Cowboy and Arkansas Razorback fan, as well as being a John Wayne connoisseur and loyal supporter of Ducks Unlimited’s Greenwings program. Patriarch of the Millican Clan, he was a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son, brother, coach, mentor, and friend. He was known for his selflessness and kind heart and will be missed by many. He was preceded in death by his father, Doyle Millican, and son, Michael Don Millican.

Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Donna Cary Millican; his mother Doris Marie Owen Millican; Children: Wayne Millican and wife Angie of Cabot, Lin Schuster and husband Marshall “Dee” of Little Rock, Shannon Bloesch and husband Mike of Houston, Texas, and Tonya Millican (wife of the late Michael Millican) of Cabot. Grandchildren: Kristin Fitzgibbon (Brian); Jessalyn Otwell (Luke), Katie and; Olivia Schuster; Sydney, Simon, & Sawyer Bloesch; Christian, Addison, & Aviana Millican; Great grandchildren: Hailey, Emily, & Kaelin Fitzgibbon; Annie & Ruby Otwell; Siblings: Linda & Mokey Sparrow, Polly & Jerry Don Millican, and Linda & Mike Couch; Nieces & nephews: McRae Sparrow & Lindsay Nutt; Cary Mitchell, Lance Couch, and Lindsey Zigler; plus, a huge host of special friends.

Military funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 18th at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas with visitation to begin at 11:30 am. Eulogies delivered by Lonnie Medford, Bob Cofford, and Marshall Schuster, with special bagpipe salute by grandson, Simon Doyle Bloesch. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at Southern Oaks Country Club in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, the Millican family requests any donations be made to the Arkansas Ducks Unlimited Greenwings Program 16 Dillon Drive Cabot Arkansas, 72023 in memory of William D Millican. 

Link to Bill’s Memorial Video:


  • Rosie Williams Posted April 16, 2018 11:46 AM

    Condolences to the Millican family. Although I never knew Bill, his brother Jerry and wife Polly are dear friends of ours. Praying for your family!

  • Andy & Lindsey Owens Posted April 16, 2018 12:19 PM

    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Kim Conway-Oswalt Posted April 16, 2018 2:12 PM

    I was a student of Coach Millican’s at Center High School in 1982-83. He was a kind man and always had his students best interest. Prayers for the family.

  • KEN WOOD Posted April 16, 2018 3:21 PM

    Lin and Dee please know you both are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold on to your precious memories.

  • James PETE Wyatt Posted April 16, 2018 3:33 PM

    My heart goes out to family. Milligan will be missed for sure but his memories we will always have. This is one friend I will miss….

  • Roy and Carolyn Hart Posted April 16, 2018 3:43 PM

    It’s with great sadness we bid Bill farewell.
    He will be missed by so many and it’s only in the last several years that we’ve become friends. Rest in peace Bill.🙏❤️

  • Derrell & Donna Patterson Family Posted April 16, 2018 5:10 PM

    Truly remember those early years when we visited as a family, the Stamps school years, the Millican family is in my prayers.

  • Don & Molly Morris Posted April 16, 2018 5:28 PM

    We are keeping you in thought, love, & prayer

  • Don & Molly Morris Posted April 16, 2018 5:36 PM

    It is hard to say goodbye to a family member you love. We are keeping you in our love & prayers today.

  • Froney Grace Posted April 16, 2018 7:07 PM

    Our Hearts and Prayers are with you Wayne and Angie.

  • Paul Davis Posted April 16, 2018 7:11 PM

    Bill and I go a long way back. We both served at Company C, 2/153rd Inf. He was very good at what he did, full of information and know how. The last time I saw him was at my retirement luncheon in Brinkley. He called me aside and gave me something that i will never forget.

  • JOHN ALVIS Posted April 16, 2018 8:47 PM

    We are keeping you in thought , and prayers

  • Ameta Vines Posted April 16, 2018 10:43 PM

    So sorry about Bill. I also went to Stamps school
    Our prayers are with all of you.
    Johnny and Ameta (Lann) Vines

  • Robert and Teresa Horn Posted April 17, 2018 2:23 PM

    Praying for comfort for all of his loved ones… Donna and family were very blessed to have this man and the memories he left… Love you, Donna..

  • Peggy Duggan Posted April 18, 2018 6:58 AM

    Thoughts and prayers for my dear friend Donna and her family in this trying time. Bill will be greatly missed. Love you Donna

  • Earl Rogers Posted April 18, 2018 12:26 PM

    Thinking of you , Bill! Thought and prayers go to his family and many friends. I was a sophomore on the SHS undefeated football team quarterbacked by Bill. He was a hard working and confident leader. You will be remembered.

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