Meridian Star

December 11, 2013

Two new memorial scholarships established at East Central Community College

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Special to The Star

    DECATUR – A longtime Scott County educator and a Leake County businessman/civic leader have been honored with scholarships at ECCC to honor their memory.

    The Huey G. Stone Memorial Scholarship honors the former Lake High School principal who retired in 1999 following 32 years of service. Stone was a resident of Lake from 1961 until his death this year.

    The scholarship was established by family, friends and former students of Mr. Stone in honor of “his love for education, which was spread to thousands of students during his tenure.”

    Stone graduated from Harperville High School prior to enrolling at ECCC in 1957. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and later earned three master's degrees from Mississippi State University.

    The recipient of the Huey G. Stone Memorial Scholarship will be selected annually by the ECCC Scholarship Committee and recognized at the AT&T Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon held each summer.

    To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be a graduate of Lake High School; have a minimum 2.5 grade point average entering ECCC; must be a fulltime student at ECCC and taking classes with an emphasis in education; and must possess leadership qualities. Preference will be given to applicants with a financial need.

    To make contributions to endow the scholarship, contact the ECCC Foundation at (601) 635-6327.

    County optometrist and civic leader Dr. Howard Carlton McMillin was recently endowed at East Central Community College.

    McMillin began his optometric practice in Carthage in 1958 and continued providing optometric services to residents in central Mississippi until his retirement in 1995.

    He was also involved in numerous civic and professional activities throughout his career.

He was a co-founder of Leake Academy in Madden, where he served 12 consecutive years on the Board of Directors. He was also co-founder of the Bank of Central Mississippi and the Leake County Little League Baseball Association. He served as president of the Carthage Lions Club and the Leake County Jaycees. His membership in the Leake County Chamber of Commerce spanned a period of 37 years. He was also a member of the Mississippi State University Agricultural Advisory Council.

    His professional memberships included the American, Mississippi and Central Mississippi Optometric Associations. He was also a member of Carthage United Methodist Church and its Friendship Sunday School Class.

    McMillin was an avid and accomplished hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman throughout his life. He shared with many friends his love of hunting, breeding Redbone coonhounds and his second “profession,” as a breeder of exotic Simmental cattle. Through these hobbies, he became a trustee of the American Redbone Coonhound Association and served as treasurer of the Mississippi Simmental Association.

    He was a 1948 graduate of Louisville High School and attended then ECJC on a football scholarship. He graduated from ECJC in 1950 and received an undergraduate degree in animal science from Mississippi State University in 1952. After two years of active duty in the United States Army, Dr. McMillin completed his education at the University of Houston, where he earned a doctor of optometry degree in 1958.

    McMillin often expressed appreciation to ECCC for the opportunity to begin his college education as a result of a football scholarship. He enjoyed visiting the campus to attend football games, Homecoming activities and Warrior Club meetings.

    He was inducted into the ECCC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 in recognition of his outstanding career, which was cut short due to a knee injury.

    McMillin was married for 55 years to the former Shirley Van Hooser of Arcadia, La., when he died in August 2012. They had two children, Lisa and David; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    “We are pleased to endow the Dr. Howard Carlton McMillin Memorial Scholarship at East Central to assist in the education of any freshman or sophomore student who meets the scholarship criteria,” said family members.

    To qualify, applicants must be a resident of the five-county area served by East Central Community College; must have a financial need; and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

    Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the AT&T Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon held each summer.

    For more information, contact ECCC Student Services, (601) 635-6205 or call toll free, (877) 462-3222, ext. 205. The email address is