Norris Neal McMillan of Mason, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, at the age of 91.
Norris was born in Fredonia, Texas, on November 26, 1917, to Marvin and Annis Leach McMillan. He spent almost all of his life in Mason County. He was a graduate of Mason High School and a 1939 graduate of Texas A & M College (now University). After graduation he returned to Mason County and on April 27, 1940, he married Mary Maude Hofmann. They were together for almost 65 years until her death in 2005. They were members of Mason First United Methodist Church. In earlier years Norris was active in community organizations and in the Methodist Church.
Norris loved the land and loved ranching. He raised top feeder calves and for 60 years he raised commercial Angora goats. In 1996 he switched to Spanish and Boer meat goats. He spent many happy hours riding a good horse and training his Kelpie and Border Collie dogs. As Norris said, "Sitting on a good horse with a faithful dog by my side was heaven on Earth."
Norris is survived by his daughter Rev. Mary Margaret Persky of Mason, a grandson Dr. Neal Persky and wife Shayna of Austin and two sisters-in-law Jane Hoerster and Gloria Lehmberg. In addition to his wife, Norris was preceded in death by his brothers W.B., Gordon, and Marvin McMillan Jr.
Funeral services were held on Friday, November 13, at 11:00 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Tim Fahrenthold and Rev. Bob Huie officiating. Interment followed in the Gooch Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Dr. Neal Persky, Brandon Moneyhon, Charlie Grosse, Rolly Lumpkins, Lee McMillan, Bill McMillan, Charles Hoerster and Dick McMillan. Honorary pallbearers were Herbert Donop, Silas Brandenberger, Gary Zesch, Dayton Reichenau, Jimie Menchaca, Hector Gonzales, Kenneth Durst and Glenn Grote.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.