Milliken memorial service set for Upstate church

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - One of South Carolina's business giants will be remembered at a church in Spartanburg.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday for textile titan Roger Milliken at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg.

Milliken took over his family's textile business Milliken & Co. in 1947 and turned it into an international multibillion dollar giant that employees 9,000 people in 50 plants.

Milliken died Thursday surrounded by his family at age 95. He also was influential in the early growth of the Republican party in South Carolina and was a longtime proponent of protecting the environment.

A reception with immediately follow Milliken's memorial service at the Piedmont Club behind the church.

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