Memorial Services Held for Asbury Student
ERLANGER, Ky. — Amidst flowers in the shape of his University’s logo and baseball jerseys and hats worn by family members and friends, memorial services were held Wednesday for Asbury University senior Jeff McMillan.
McMillan, 24, passed away last Saturday doing some things he loved dearly…playing sports, with friends on the Asbury University campus. The Florence, Ky.-native collapsed while playing a pick-up game of rugby on one of the University’s intramural fields. A cause of death has yet to be released.
"If you know Jeff at all, you know he talked and breathed sports," said Malcolm Pugh '76, a friend of the McMillan family who presided over the services at Christ’s Chapel Church. "If we look at Jeff’s life through the prism of sports…we know he ran the race of faith well and has received the crown of glory."
A few hundred friends and family attended and paid respects to McMillan, who worked with Asbury’s physical plant for four years and was scheduled to graduate in December. A special Chapel service for the Asbury student body and McMillan’s family was held Monday in Hughes Auditorium on the Asbury campus.
"We’ve all laughed, cried and told stories the past couple of days," said Pugh. "There’s a time to grieve and a time to rejoice…Death has no victory today. Today, we celebrate Jeff’s life in Christ."
McMillan, a Sport Management major, lived in Johnson Hall on the Asbury campus and — when not watching sports or working on a campus beautification project — was coordinating a get-together with the friends that meant so much to him.
"I can’t tell you what the students and staff at Asbury meant to Jeff and our family," said McMillan’s mother, Jackie. "Asbury was such an important part of his life, we feel he was so blessed to be there."
Honoring McMillan’s love for sports and service to the campus, Asbury planted a crabapple tree near the athletic fields and will hold a dedication ceremony with his family in the near future.