William Dougald MacMillan, IV, 87, died Friday, July 12, 2013, of natural causes at his home in Fayetteville. Born Jan. 25, 1926, he was the son of William Dougald MacMillan III and Laura Love Thompson MacMillan of Chapel Hill, and twin brother of Robert Thompson MacMillan, who predeceased him in 2009.
Dougald served as an infantry officer in the Army for more than 33 years and retired in 1981 as a colonel.
A native of Chapel Hill, he entered the University of North Carolina in 1942, was drafted in 1945 and commissioned a second lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in 1946. He graduated from UNC in 1949, and entered UNC Law School. Recalled to active duty when the Korean War began in 1950, he received a regular Army commission in 1956. He served seven tours overseas, two in South Vietnam. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Silver Star (Oak Leaf Cluster), the Air Medal-V (OLC) and Bronze Star while serving as Commander, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division in 1968. Other awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Senior Parachutist badge.
Dougald married Sybil Ione Hartsfield of Wichita Falls, Texas, in Frankfurt, West Germany, in 1952. They had two sons. In 1983, he married Victoria (Tori) Lilly of Fayetteville.
In retirement, Dougald was a founder of the Fayetteville Area Tennis Association and the N.C. Professional Tennis Umpires Association. He umpired high school, collegiate and professional tennis matches, including the U.S. Open Championships in New York, for several years. He played doubles well into his 70s, stopping “after two sets or 11 a.m., whichever comes first.”
He is survived by his sons, Dougald MacMillan II (Barbara), Georgetown, Texas, and Louis deRosset MacMillan II (Victoria), Olympia, Wash.; stepson, Ralph “Raleigh” Koch (Pamela), Altleiningen, Germany; three grandchildren, Cara Elizabeth MacMillan, Christian Andrew MacMillan (Mya) and Scott Dougald MacMillan; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, in St. John’s Episcopal Church, 302 Green St., Fayetteville. with the Rev. Robert M. Alves presiding. It will be followed by interment with military honors in Cross Creek Cemetery, Fayetteville, next to Tori Lilly MacMillan, who predeceased him in 2011.
The family will receive friends at the Kyle House from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Col. MacMillan’s name may be made to the 1st Cavalry Division Association, 302 N. Main St., Copperas Cove, TX 76522-1703. Garry Owen!
Services entrusted to Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home of Fayetteville.