Bernadette McMillan (Sign Guestbook)

Bernadette Harrison “Grammy” McMillan of Knoxville Tennessee, born July 20, 1931 to the late Marie DeMattos and late Arthur Caleb Harrison passed away on August 11, 2018 after a hard, fought battle with cancer. Berna attended Knoxville Catholic High School and the University of Tennessee. She was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority. Her early years of employment were with South Central Bell. Berna raised five beautiful children then enjoyed working at Rickie’s Petites and William Sonoma. She enjoyed life activities to the fullest, loving her Tennessee Vols football and basketball and hiking in the mountains. Bernadette was active with the Mobile Meals Program in Knoxville for many years. She so enjoyed quilting with the Quilting Bee’s of Immaculate Conception Church and their mission. Bernadette’s smile exemplified her love of life.


She was preceded in death by her husband Alex McMillan III and sister Margurite Harrison McCampbell. Bernadette is survived by her sons, Alex McMillan IV and wife Carolyn; David A McMillan, and Christopher H McMillan and wife Landis; daughters; Marci Brien and husband Christopher Brien and Julie McMillan; grandchildren, Cristen Sizemore and husband Kevin, Alexa McMillan, Caleb Brien and wife Mahala, Spencer Brien, Jordan McMillan, and Claire McMillan; and friends, Cheryl Ellis, Kalin Smith, Amy Edgar, Vicki Fletcher and Bonnie Carver.

She is also survived by her sister Loretta H McKinnon of Houston Texas.


Friends and family are welcome to attend the visitation on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel 5301 Fountain Road, Knoxville, TN 37918. Rosary will immediately follow. Funeral Mass will be conducted 10:00 am Saturday, August 18, at Immaculate Conception Church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Ladies of Charity 120 West Baxter Ave., Knoxville TN 37917 and Young Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St. Knoxville TN 37919.

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the McMillan family and invites you to view and sign the online registry below.

12 guestbook entries for “Bernadette McMillan”:

  1. Vickie Fletcher says:

    Mrs. Berna was a blessing and joy to care for. Her smile made my worse days seem so much better. I only knew her for a short time,but she made me feel like I’ve known her for years. Her children Julie,Chris, Marcie,and granddaughter Jorden made me feel like family,also her daughter in law Landus. I never got to meet the rest of her kids but I’m sure they were awesome cuz they were cut from the same clothe. I will miss her dearly but I’m also glad she is no more pain and resting easy in heaven with Buckaroo. I love each and every one of you and will keep y’all in my prayers. God Bless and Keep u All!!!.

  2. Martie Hale says:

    Bernadette, I will miss your beautiful smile and warm spirit. I know the angels rejoiced when they greeted you. With love, Martie Hale

  3. Dianne Brandau says:

    Alex, so sorry to hear about your mother, especially so soon after your Dad’s death. I know you will take comfort in knowing they are together and that your Dad was so happy to see his bride. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. sandy catinella says:

    Bernadette epitomized the word lady, she set an example for every person she came in contact with. I learned of her passing this week and have been lost in her memory … We worked together in the 70’s, my respect and admiration for her lead me to ask her to join me in a personal journey opening Rickies Petites, where she was my store manager till 1984. She gave of herself in every part of her life, raised 5 amazing children who with Alex, were the loves of her life. She lived life at the top rung with heart and soul – it comes as a great loss but, I am filled with her love and embrace all the joy she leaves behind.

  5. Carey & Peggy Johnson says:

    The best part of living on Woodleaf was our awesome next-door neighbors Alex and Bernadette. The entire family was a joy to know, and Julie handled most adeptly all my babysitting needs for our son Keith. We enjoyed so many incredible New Year’s Eve celebrations and our numerous walks in the subdivision were beyond special. We live in Georgia now, but on a visit about five years ago we enjoyed walking and reminiscing about our amazing years as neighbors. We shall miss both Alex and Bernadette, but celebrate lives profoundly committed to touching the world with good!

  6. Bettye Hull Little says:

    She was indeed a true Southern lady with a beautiful smile for everyone. We were childhood friends and next door neighbors for years and I loved all her family. So sorry to hear of your loss, but you know where she is.

  7. Patsy Lisle says:

    I admired Bernadette very much. She was a wonderful example of an all around great lady. I met her at Immaculate Conception and our paths crossed several times. She was such an inspiration.

  8. Ronald Franco, CSP says:

    Bernadette was as kind and loving a person as I’ve known and a great asset to Immaculate Conception parish., We will all miss her very much.

  9. Doris Lawson says:

    I attended a most impressive funeral today for a very classy lady who I enjoyed hiking beside! The service was so well put together and I have had it on my mind all the rest of the day. Well done McMillan family! My she enjoy the comforts of life everlasting.

  10. Bell Family says:

    Bernadette was such a sweet and caring person. I could not have asked for a better backyard neighbor. I loved visiting with her and just sitting and talking. She was always an ear to listen if needed. She made my little ones quilts when they were born and the kids adore them to this day. Bernadette you will be greatly missed.

  11. Linda Nelson says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Bernadetta was my neighbor years ago.Prayers for the family.She will be greatly missed
    Bill Bailey

  12. Susan Maynard says:

    I miss both Alex and Bernadette so much. They were my next door neighbors for over 15+ years. They were there when I needed advice and treated me like one of their own. My love and prayers go out to the kids and grandkids.

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