Dr. Charles E. Millwood, Jr.
COLUMBIA - A Celebration of Life Service for Dr. Charles E. Millwood, Jr. will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2013, at Riverland Hills Baptist Church with the Dr. Ed Carney and Rev. Emery Smith officiating. The family will receive visitors immediately following the service. A private service for burial will be held at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.
Dr. Millwood died July 2, 2013, following a lifetime of devotion to his fellow man, his profession, his wife, Anne, of 45 years, his sons and their families. He was 69 years old. A general dentist in Cayce, South Carolina from 1975 until his retirement in 2009, he received the Order of the Palmetto in 2004 for recognition for his dedication to his profession, his community, his family, and the children of South Carolina his efforts served.
He was born September 9, 1943 in Charleston, South Carolina and grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina the son of the late Charles E. Millwood, Sr. and Frances Gillespie Millwood. He graduated from Myrtle Beach High School in 1961. He received his BS degree from The Citadel in 1965, a Master of Microbiology degree from the University of South Carolina in 1971 and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1974.
After graduating from The Citadel, he served in the United States Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam. In 1975 he began his dental practice in Cayce and was joined by his son, Gregory A. Millwood in 2003. Many wonderful families and friends contributed to the success of his practice and he was blessed to have been entrusted with their oral health care.
Dr. Millwood served in many capacities in organized dentistry in South Carolina. He was a member of the American Dental Association and the South Carolina Dental Association, from 1974 until his death. He served as president of the South Carolina Dental Association in 2000. Also, he served as president of the Central District Dental Society in 1990, the College of Dental Medicine Alumni Association in 1980-1982, the South Carolina Chapter of Psi Omega in 1985, and the South Carolina Chapter of the Pierre Fauchard Academy from 1993-1997.
He served his community as a coach with the Irmo-Chapin Recreational Leagues from 1980-1992 and was active in the Cayce-West Columbia Kiwanis Club, the Lexington County Children's Shelter, the Citadel Board of Visitors, the Association of Citadel Men, the Lexington County Citadel Club, the City of Cayce Economic Development Council, and the Y-Indians Guides.
Dr. Millwood's devotion to his profession and the children of South Carolina were well demonstrated in 2000 when he devoted many hours working with the South Carolina Legislature and a number of state agencies and children's organizations to successfully implement a new South Carolina Medicaid program to provide dental care to more than twice the number of underserved children previously treated.
His leadership extended to other states as he spoke at meetings in Chicago and Washington, D.C., explaining how South Carolina political and professional leaders agreed and implemented a working, successful Dental Medicaid Program.
Many of his fellow dentists wondered where Charlie got his energy to lead the many time consuming projects for the South Carolina Dental Association. He chaired the inaugural South Carolina "Give Kids A Smile Day", spending hundreds of hours recruiting volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants, students, nurses, and receptionists while procuring thousands of dollars in donated dental supplies. The program provided education, cleanings, examinations, radiographs, restorations, and extractions to over 500 children in 2003. He continued to serve the expanding program in subsequent years.
Dr. Millwood also served on the Steering Committee of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine and was instrumental in raising more than 6 million dollars from his fellow South Carolina dentists for construction of the new dental school. In addition he served on the Medical University of South Carolina Dental Dean Search Committee in 2004 and the South Carolina State Board of Dentistry for a six-year term beginning in 2005.
He was honored with many awards including: Bronze Star and Army Commendation Award by the United States Army, Fraternal Achievement Award, Outstanding Student in Prosthetics, Inducted into Omega Kappa Upsilon, Dentist of the Year Psi Omega, Pierre Fauchard Academy of South Carolina Dentist of the Year, Columbia Dental Assisting Society's Appreciation Award and Presidential Who's Who in Business and Professional Leaders. In 2009, he received the George P. Hoffman Award from the South Carolina Dental Association and the Community Impact Award in 2010 by Harvest Hope Food Bank and the United Way of the Midlands.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Bozeman Millwood, whom he married in 1968, three sons: Dr. Charles E. (Chad) Millwood, III (Leah), Dr. Gregory A. (Greg) Millwood (Alisha) and Ryan P. Millwood. He was blessed with two wonderful grandsons, Joshua and Grayson. Survivors include a brother, Danny G. Millwood; sister, Barbara M. Geroca; a special aunt, Marry G. Wilson; a niece, nephews and cousins.
Dr. Millwood was well known among his professional peer group for his time, energy, and love for his family's well-being, his commitment to The Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine by mentoring aspiring students to these institutions. He was a member of Riverland Hills Baptist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class. His love of history and travel was shared and enjoyed by family and friends who were inspired by his knowledge and passion to see the world.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. David Hammett and Staff, Tidewater Hospice, Sigurd Center Staff, and Caregivers: Martha McGaughey and Bridgett Lybrand who lovingly cared for him during his journey. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: The MUSC Foundation for the Charles E. Millwood Jr., Scholarship at The College of Dental Medicine, 18 Bee Street, MUSC 450, Charleston SC, 29425 or The Citadel Brigadier Foundation for the Dr. Charles E. Millwood Jr., Scholarship, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston SC, 29409.