Memorial service for Milliken set for Monday

SPARTANBURG, SC (AP) - A memorial service for textile titan Roger Milliken will be held Monday.

Milliken & Co. says the 95-year-old businessman will be remembered at 2 p.m. Monday at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg with a reception immediately following at the Piedmont Club behind the church.

Milliken died Thursday surrounded by his family at age 95. He took over his family's textile business in 1947 and turned it into an international multibillion dollar giant that employees 9,000 people in 50 plants.

Milliken also was influential in the early growth of the Republican party in South Carolina and was a longtime proponent of protecting the environment.

Milliken said he wanted his epitaph to simply read: "Builder."

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