Our staff consists of handpicked professionals, each adding years of experience and expertise in their specific area. We live in the Conway, Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, and Socastee areas—allowing us to address the unique needs of the communities that we serve. Our involvement in community activities is very important and includes Rotary International, Masons, and a number of church affiliations in the area.
Stephen L. (Steve) McMillan, Sr.
Founder and CEO of McMillan-Small Funeral HomeStephen L. (Steve) McMillan, Sr., founder and CEO of McMillan-Small Funeral Home and a 1970 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He opened McMillan-Small Funeral Home in 1978 with his partner, Aaron Small who left the business in 1985. Mr. McMillan continues the excellence of caring for families each and everyday. He is married to Mary Catherine (Williams) McMillan and they have one son, Stephen L. (Lee) McMillan, Jr. who also works in the business. Steve has two granddaughters, Macie and Malley. He enjoys golf and a variety of other things to keep him busy and is a member Ocean View Baptist Church and the Dunes Golf and Beach Club, a mason and former President of the North Myrtle Beach Rotary Club.
Stephen L. (Lee) McMillan, Jr.
Funeral Director and EmbalmerLee is a 1999 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA, and joined the funeral home in April 1996. He assists on the day-to-day operations of the business with the other directors. Lee enjoys family time, sports and traveling. He is the current Vice-President of the Myrtle Beach High All-Sports Booster Club and a former Miracle League Board Member. Lee is married to Holly D. (Tanner) McMillan of Conway and they are active members of the First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach. Together they have two beautiful daughters, Macie and Malley.
Funeral Director and EmbalmerMarc is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he received a BA Degree in Accounting. He is a 1993 graduate from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA. Marc has been in the funeral service since 1988.
John B. Tallent
Funeral Director and EmbalmerJohn B Tallent, a native of Charlotte, NC, started working with McEwen Funeral Homes in Charlotte while in high school. After college he became associated with the Harry & Bryant funeral home becoming the General Manager and later being named President of the firm. In 2006, after a long career, he and his family started J.B. Tallent Funeral Service, in Charlotte, which his son and daughter operate today. In 2014 he semi-retired to the beach and became associated later that year with McMillan-Small. John is married to the former Barbara Champion, they have two children and two grandchildren.
D. Craig Thomas
Funeral Director and EmbalmerCraig, resident of Myrtle Beach, SC graduated from Southern Wesleyan University, with a degree in Business Administration. Graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science with a degree in Mortuary Science. Craig has been licensed in Funeral Services since 1989, and has been in the business for 27 years. He has one son, Noah Thomas. They are members of First United Methodist in Myrtle Beach. Craig loves golf and being outdoors. He is a big sports fan.
Millie M. Lavin
Office ManagerMillie grew up in Florence and moved to the beach in 1984. She was formerly employed with the Grand Strand Regional Medial Center before coming to McMillan-Small Funeral Home in 2001 as their Office Manager.
Millie and her husband, John, reside in Myrtle Beach and have three children, Grant, JJ and Lauren. She enjoys her family, cooking and their time at the beach. They are members of First United Methodist Church, Myrtle Beach.
John C. Coble, Sr.
John is formerly of Wilmington, NC and Brunswick County, NC received his Funeral Directors license in 1976 after a six-year enlistment with the US Army. He is a Vietnam Veteran having served with the 1st Calvary Division as a Helicopter Crew Chief.
John worked with Service Corporation International (SCI) for 29 years before coming to McMillan-Small Funeral Home in January 2008. He and his wife, Nancy, of 34 years now reside in North Myrtle Beach. They have one son, John Jr. John and his wife attend St. Stephens Episcopal Church in North Myrtle Beach. His hobbies include boating and learning to play the banjo.
Funeral AssistantBill has been working at McMillan-Small Funeral Home since 2006. He is married to Wilma Hosford and they are members of First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach where he serves as a deacon.
Robert V. (Bob) Burns, Sr.
Funeral AssistantBob is a retired funeral director from Clarion, PA, moving to Myrtle Beach in 1999 following his retirement. Bob enjoys walking and playing golf anytime he is not working. Bob has two sons and a daughter and several grandchildren. His son, Rollie still operates his funeral home in Clarion, PA.
Funeral AssistantJerry was born in Greenville, SC and lived for thirty-one years in Bennettsville, SC before moving to Tidewater Plantation in North Myrtle Beach in 2010. He is married to the former Barbara Mishoe of Loris, SC. He is a member and Deacon of Ocean View Baptist Church.
Annette and Ed Willett
Maintenance SupervisorLouis, a Bucksport native and a graduate of Conway High School is McMillan-Small Funeral Home’s most tenured employee. Louis started working at the funeral home in 1991. Louis and his wife, Pasty have two children and one grandson.