Mildred and Malcolm McIver Obituaries

Mildred Sneeden McIver
July 17, 1920 – April 24, 2019

Mildred Sneeden McIver, 98, died Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She was born July 17, 1920 in Wilmington, North Carolina, the daughter of the late Eula Lemuel Owen and John Robert Sneeden.

She received her education at Isaac Bear Elementary School, New Hanover High School and Queens College, Charlotte, North Carolina, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. After marrying Malcolm C. McIver, Jr., she lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where her husband served as minister to students and faculty at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Following two years at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, they lived twenty-seven years in Richmond, Virginia. In 19981, she and her husband retired and returned to Wilmington.

Mrs. McIver was active in church and civic life wherever she lived. She was a former president of the Junior League of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; served on the board of directors and later president of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood. With her husband she served on the international board of directors of the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment (A.C.M.E.), serving as president couple, 1982-1985. In 2003, she and her husband were awarded the David and Vera Mace medal for outstanding leadership in the Marriage Enrichment Movement in North America and abroad.

Sabbatic leaves were spent in volunteer service for the Board of International Mission, Presbyterian Church, U.S., serving in Africa, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the Philippines.

Mrs. McIver was a member of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment; the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth McIver of Wilmington; daughter-in-law, Rosellyn McIver of Brenham, Texas; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband, Malcolm C. McIver, Jr., son, Malcolm C. McIver, III, sister, Gladys S. McIver, and a granddaughter, Alice Cathryn McIver Ross, preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm Thursday, May 2, 2019, at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 15th and Market Streets with Rev. Rob Lapp officiating. Friends may greet the family following the memorial service.

Malcolm Chester McIver
September 2, 1917 – November 4, 2011

Malcolm Chester McIver, Jr., Presbyterian minister and educator, died Friday November 4, 2011 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born September 2, 1917, in Maysville, North Carolina, the son of the late Ruth Hiers Fogle and Malcolm Chester McIver, Sr., grandson of the late Rev. Malcolm McNair and Flora Crawford McIver. With his parents, he moved to Wilmington in 1920 where the family became lifelong members of First Presbyterian Church.

Malcolm McIver graduated from New Hanover High School in the class of 1934. He earned the B.A. degree from Centre College of Kentucky, 1941, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. In 1944 he graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with the B.D. degree. He received an honorary D.D. degree from Centre College in 1956, and earned the PhD degree from New College of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1958. In 1968, he studied at the Ecumenical Institute in Celigny, Switzerland.

His most treasured achievement was the Eagle Scout award while a member of Troop 214, First Presbyterian Church. Dr. McIver served as a chaplain in the United States Navy during World War II with duty in the Pacific. After the war, he was called to be the Presbyterian campus minister to students at the University of Alabama, 1946-1952; he served as director of Campus Christian Life for the Presbyterian Church, U.S., 1954-1959, after which he was called to be dean of faculty at the Presbyterian school of Christian Education, Richmond, Virginia now Union Presbyterian Seminary.

In 1981, he retired and returned to Wilmington, where he became active in the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina, and served as interim minister in several churches in the Presbytery. He and his wife volunteered with the Board of World Missions to serve on special assignments in Asia, Africa, South America and the South Pacific. For twenty years he was a volunteer income tax assistant for the senior citizens of New Hanover County. In 2000 Dr. McIver was honored by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church,USA for his many years of service to higher education, including his role as dean and professor of Christian Education, his leadership in campus ministry and his leadership during the social changes of the Civil Rights Movement. In 2003 he and his wife were recipients of the David and Vera medal for leadership in the Marriage Enrichment Movement in North America. Dr. McIver is survived by his wife, Mildred Sneeden McIver; a daughter, Elizabeth McIver Rennie of Wilmington, N.C; a daughter- in-law, Rosellyn Olander McIver of Brenham, Texas; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a sister, Flora McIver Trulove and husband, Henry of Richmond, Virginia; a brother, Randolph D. McIver and wife, Jessie of Colonial Heights, Virginia; and Numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Malcolm C. McIver III and a granddaughter, Alice Cathryn McIver Ross.