Mr. William (Billy) Miller, age 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Rockwood, Tennessee on Monday, January 2, 2017. He is survived by his beloved and dedicated wife, Margulee Davis Miller. They celebrated seventy years of marriage and committed companionship last April. William was born on March 31, 1924 in Hazard, Kentucky.
Billy is a U.S Army veteran of World War II and was awarded several honors including three Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and Purple Heart. His service from 1941-1945 included the Guadalcanal Campaign, Northern Solomons Campaign, and the Philippine-Luzon Campaign where he was wounded on April 11, 1945. He is a Life Member of the Rockwood VFW Club.
After military service, he married Margulee Davis and moved to Dayton, Ohio where he worked for the Inland Manufacturing Company and the Wehner Roofing Company. He later retired to Rockwood, Tennessee where he enjoyed fishing and gardening with wonderful neighbors and friends. He was an avid sports fan of basketball, baseball, football, and especially golf since his early years working as a caddy. Billy was a devout Christian and he attended the First Baptist Church of Rockwood, Tennessee. He always appreciated the fellowship of friends at the church Family Life Center. Billy was a kind, loving, and generous husband, father, and grandfather (Papa) and will be dearly missed by all who knew him and love him so much.
He was preceded in death by his Parents, John William Miller and Lillie Florence Barlow, Brothers Don Miller, Robert Miller, Joe T. Miller, Leon Miller, and sisters, Aileen Lykins, Virginia Waldman, and Norma Junker.
He is survived by a son, Donald E. Miller (Tamsin), daughter, Dora Gayle Ewing (Jim) of Rockwood, TN, grandson Matthew Ewing (Erin), granddaughters, Cody Miller Villarreal of Knoxville, TN, Jody Miller of Salt Lake City, UT, Mandy Ewing of Knoxville, TN, great granddaughter Catherine Ivy Ewing, and one sister, Mary Jo Miller, of Fredericksburg, VA.
Family and friends will meet for graveside services and interment on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood with Pastor Marty Shadoan officiating. Full military honors will be given by the Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard and the Tennessee Army National Guard. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Rockwood, Tennessee or to a charity or organization of choice.