Asbury University Mourns The Death of Student

In addition to showing great passion for his faith, family and friends, Jeff McMillan loved athletics and his favorite teams... including the Cincinnati Reds.
In addition to showing great passion for his faith, family and friends, Jeff McMillan loved athletics and his favorite teams... including the Cincinnati Reds.

WILMORE, Ky. — The Asbury University community mourns the loss of student Jeff McMillan, 24, who died Saturday afternoon while playing with friends on one of the University’s intramural fields.

McMillan, a senior Sport Management major from Florence, Ky., experienced difficulty breathing and collapsed on the field. He was transported by ambulance to the St. Joseph Jessamine, RJ Corman Ambulatory Care Center in Nicholasville. The official cause of death has not been released.

"We are saddened at this tragic event," said Asbury University President Sandra C. Gray. "Our prayers and thoughts are with Jeff's family and friends as we call on the Lord to carry us all through this time of grief."

McMillan lived in Johnson Hall on the Asbury University campus, where he shared great fellowship with other students, faculty and staff. He worked four years with the Asbury physical plant, was a dynamic sports fan (pulling for the University of Kentucky teams, Oklahoma City Thunder, the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals) and was committed to his faith.

"Jeff cared a great deal about the Asbury community and he invested deeply in his friends," said Asbury University Vice President for Student Development Doug Wilcoxson. "He was fun-loving, really enjoyed sports and was so caring to all."

Three times per week — at 10 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday — the entire Asbury student body gathers for a Chapel service. This Monday, the service will be dedicated to McMillan, a celebration of his life amongst the Asbury family he cared so much about.

"Jeff’s father and I would really like everyone to know how much the Asbury community meant to Jeff the past four years," said McMillan's mother, Jackie. "Asbury University has been his life. We’re so thankful Asbury was able to help make life so great for him."

Also in honor of McMillan, in particular his dedication to the physical plant, Asbury will be planting a tree on campus in his name.

Asbury students, faculty and staff were alerted of McMillan’s passing Saturday evening, and the University’s Center for Counseling remains available (24/7) to minister to individuals by calling (859) 858-3511 and asking for the on-call counselor.

"We’re a family here, and we will come together for one another," said Wilcoxson. "On Monday, we will have a Chapel service that truly honors Jeff."

Visitation will be held Wednesday at Christ's Chapel Church — 3819 Turfway Rd., Erlanger, Ky., 41018 (near Florence) — from 10 a.m.-Noon. Service will be Wednesday at Noon at the church followed by the burial at Burlington Cemetery (Rt. 18 in Burlington, Ky.). Memorial contributions are suggested to the family c/o P.O.Box 130, Williamstown, Ky., 41097. For additional details, visit stanleyfuneralhomes.com

For any further questions, please feel free to contact the Asbury University Public Relations Office at (859) 858-3511, x2175

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