After 93 wonderful years, Iris McMillan left our world gracefully on October 24, 2021.
Iris was born October 30, 1927 in Jackson County, Florida and lived the last 60 plus years in Tallahassee.
Iris was known for her sharp mind, tenacity, wit, feisty spirit, and her devotion to her family. She had a passion for books, interior decorating, gardening, and her two Yorkies, Noel and Bailey.
Her career has spanned the worlds of both fashion and business. She was an executive at two department stores, owner of a designer dress shop and CEO of her own publishing company. She is also the author of the book, “A Guide to Style”. If you have one of her books you probably have one inscribed with her humorous philosophy; “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you look!”.
Iris was preceded in death by her son Scott; her parents Lucie Rogers Pittman and Mathis G. Pittman; and her husbands Bill S. Smith, Charles A. Fellows and Henry Holley. She is survived by 24 beloved first cousins and also the Bevis cousins. She is also survived by the very special daughter and son of one of these cousins, Sandy Hennessey and Michael Miles.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, EDT, Saturday, October 30th at Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee. A graveside service will follow at 12:00 Noon, CDT at Lovedale Baptist Church Cemetery in the Lovedale Community of Jackson County.
Gifts in memory of Iris may be made to the Lovedale Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 6595 Lovedale Road, Bascom, FL 32423.
Rocky Bevis of Bevis Funeral Home in Tallahassee (850/385-2193 or www.bevisfh.com) is assisting with the arrangements.
Iris was so loved by her many cousins and will truly be missed. Always full of life and grace, she was hilarious as well with her quick and clever wit. l. Self-motivated, I remember when she built a beautiful home in Lovedale and filled her library with every book on every subject imaginable and set a goal to read every one, and she did…one book a day for a year. Always loving and positive, a delight to be in her presence. A true Jackson County beauty where her family settled in the 1830s. Her grandfather, James Henry Davis, was the Constable of Jackson County known for keeping the Peace as he road about on his large white horse. Her grandmother Nattie Lee Bevis, Aunt Edie to so many raised their many children at Two Egg and ran the family farm as well. She was the daughter of Lucie Elaine Davis Pittman Rodgers and Mathis Pittman.