Evelyn Hastie McMillan passed from here to her heavenly home on February 12, 2020, at the age of 99. Her long life impacted many other lives, and she will be missed by those as well as her family and friends. Her entire life, from the Cradle Roll at Dauphin Way to the Assisted Living facilities she lived in during her later years, was devoted to the Lord, His church, and her family and friends. She graduated from Murphy High School in the Class of 1937 and attended Judson College in Marion, Alabama. She was a life-long member of Dauphin Way Baptist Church, beginning in the Cradle Roll Department in 1920 and becoming a full-fledged member in 1931. Her close involvement with her church included being part of every department from Beginner through Young People. She played the piano for Sunday school and at age sixteen won a city-wide hymn contest (piano). She worked in Vacation Bible School from age sixteen and for many years thereafter. She married her husband James Henry Hastie at Dauphin Way in 1941, and was a deacon’s wife for fifty years. She was active in WMU (president 1957-1959). She worked with her husband in the Young People’s College and Career departments, young adults and median adults, Sunbeams, Girls Ambassadors, and was president of the Young Women’s Association She helped set up Dauphin Way’s first church library in 1946 with Ann Draper. She served on the Historical and Hostess Committee, which planned Dauphin Way’s Centennial Celebration in 2004. She served on the Senior Adult Council as well. She was voted Dauphin Way’s Living Legend in 1997, a distinction awarded by her peers. Her family was her treasure here on earth. She was married to James Henry Hastie, a local air-conditioning contractor and businessman. She raised two daughters who gave her grandchildren to love and instruct. Tea parties and overnight stays at grandmother’s house were always a treat. She loved the impishness of her brother Johnny and envied the good looks of her younger sister Janice. She grieved their deaths but said the Lord’s will was to see them again someday, and that day is now here for her. Surely God has said of her, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Arthur McMillan, her sister Janice McMillan Compton, her brother John Arvin McMillan, her baby Annette Hastie, her husband of fifty years James Henry Hastie, her great-granddaughter infant Kathryn Lyn Kelley, and her great-grandson Benjamin Micah Kelley. She is survived by her two daughters Linda Hastie Garver (Dr. Michael) and Darlene Hastie Green (Wayne), four grandchildren Mary Michael Garver Kelley, Angela Marlene Renfroe Rotter (Brock), Myles Clayton Garver, Mallory Lyn Garver Carson (Joshua), and four great-grandchildren Thomas Henry Kelley, Lyla Evelyn Rotter, Willow Anita Rotter, and Jacob Webster Carson. Thanks to friends and staff at University Oaks Retirement Home (2005-2014) and Crowne Place Assisted Living of Spring Hill (2014- 2020), especially Deidre Shepard. Thanks also for the excellent care she received during her brief stay at Saad’s Respite Care Facility. Visitation will be held at 11:00 on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Dauphin Way Baptist Church, and the service will begin at noon with Mr. Terry Richey and Dr. Dan Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a Memorial Donation in Evelyn Hastie’s name to Dauphin Way Baptist Church, 3661 Dauphin Street Mobile, Alabama 36608, or to a charity of your choice.
A church service will be held at 12pm on Saturday, 02/22/2020 from Dauphin Way Baptist Church, followed by a committal service at the grave site.