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02/22/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Herb Miller

Herbert McNeil Miller
(29 June 1913 - 21 Feb 2011)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   We have still another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today. 
 Herb Miller, father of Marilyn Miller Blanton ('52) of AL, Lenora Miller Parker ('54) of VA, and   Ron Miller ('59) of NC, passed away in Asheville, North Carolina on Monday, February 21, 2011 at the age of 97.

    From John Murden ('60) of VA - 02/22/11, 10:30 AM:


Ron Miller's father passed away yesterday.


   Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this!  I was thinking of Mr. Miller just the other day.  Thank you so very much for letting me know, John.

From - 02/22/11:

From The Daily Press - 02/27/11:

      Herbert McNeil Miller
    ASHEVILLE – Herbert McNeil Miller left this mortal world on February 21, 2011. Born June 29, 1913 in Buena Vista, VA, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Julia Higgins Miller in 2002, his parents John N. and Florence Slough Miller, and all eight of his siblings.

He is survived by three children, Marilyn Blanton of Dothan, Ala., Lenora Parker of Yorktown, Va., and Ronald (Mary-Ellen) Miller of Asheville, N.C., with whom he resided since 2004. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Herb Miller
He resided for several years in Blackstone, Va., where he was a professional baseball player, and was employed by Bernstein Mfg Co. and The Mutual Insurance Co. In 1938, he moved to Newport News, Va., where he was employed by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, from which he retired 38 years later. He helped build the award-winning luxury liners SS America and SS United States, and many Navy ships including the USS Yorktown, now permanently docked at Patriot's Point, S.C. He also helped build the USS Nimitz, a still active aircraft carrier, on which he had a great-grandson serve a tour of duty, and hydro-electric turbines for Hoover Dam.

A member of Trinity United Methodist Churches in both Newport News and Asheville, N.C., he was a member of the Adult Bible Class, past Chairman of the Administrative Board and Finance Committee, and past President of the Men's Fellowship.

He was also a past member and Chancellor Commander of Lodge 72 of The Knights of Pythias and the Grand Lodge of the State of Virginia, and also served as a Boy Scout Troop Scoutmaster.

Local visitation will be at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. He will be interred next week in Newport News, VA, with arrangements there being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home on Warwick Boulevard.

Visitation will be at Peninsula Funeral Home on Warwick Boulevard from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the same location, followed immediately by burial.

Memorials may be made to: the American Heart Association, Mid Atlantic Affiliate, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058; Trinity UMC Asheville and Newport News, VA; or to a charity of one's choice.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Guestbook (Groce Funeral Home)

Published in Daily Press from February 27 to February 28, 2011.
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February 21, 2011

Ron and family, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. My prayers are with you. Celebrate a life well lived, and many accomplishments. Your father was a part of history.

~ Hunter George, Morganton, North Carolina

February 22, 2011
May God bless and keep you in his loving arms.

February 22, 2011
Ron and Mary-Ellen,
We send our sincerest condolences to you and your family. Our heart goes out to you in this difficult time. May you find comfort and strength in the many memories of your dad.

~ Terry Albrecht, Asheville, North Carolina

February 22, 2011

I have known and respected Herb Miller for many years. He and his wife Julia were two great people who always had time and a smile for me at all times of my life. I treasure memories of both Herb and Julia, and am comforted in knowing that they are together again. My condolences and best wishes to the family.

~ John Murden, Richmond, Virginia

February 22, 2011
Ron & Mary-Ellen, thanks be to God for supporting you in allowing you to provide loving care of your Dad from 2004 to present. He is now in God's care so you can let go and take care of one another.

Grief can be so hard, but your special memories will help you to cope. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. May God bless you and your families in this time of sorrow.

~ Carol Phillips, Bakersville, North Carolina

February 22, 2011
Ron & Mary Ellen, How quick these 6-7 years have flown by since you and Herb came to Trinity. Herb was such a kind gentleman. We have especially enjoyed the many Sunday lunches together and will miss having Herb at the table. Your care for Herb will continue to bring comfort and blessing as the years go by.

~ Bob and Betty Mull, Candler, North Carolina

February 24, 2011 (sic)
Ron and MaryEllen, I love you both and am thinking of you and the family. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Hazel Burnett, Arden, N
orth Carolina
February 22, 2011
I wish to express my sympathy to you and your family in the home going of your dad.
Adrian Boutwell

~ Adrian Boutwell, Murphy, North Carolina
February 22, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers for the Miller Family and in particular you Ron in the loss of your Dad. Obviously a Christian man; so a celebration for the final journey.

Bob Gilbreath

~ Bob Gilbreath, Murphy, North Carolina
February 27, 2011
February 27, 2011
February 27, 2011

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Miller family and their friends at this difficult time.

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 10/29/13 - "Who knew?!?":

Hi Carol --

I ran across some interesting history when going through    Dad’s papers recently.

NNHS served as one of the Newport News WWII draft registration offices, and Ms. Gildersleeve was the Registrar!

You may have documented this previously, but I missed it.

  A copy of Dad’s draft card is attached – dated 10/16/40, exactly 1 month after Roosevelt re-instated the draft.

   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thanks so much, Ron!


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words by Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David, 1719 (based on Psalm 90)
(17 July 1674 - 25 Nov 1748)

Music, St. Anne, by
William Croft, 1708
(10 Dec 1678 - 14 Aug 1727)

1. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

4. Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,
“Return, ye sons of men”:
All nations rose from earth at first,
And turn to earth again.

5. A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

6. The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in foll’wing years.

7. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the op’ning day.

8. Like flow’ry fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flow’rs beneath the mower’s hand
Lie with’ring ere ’tis night.

9. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

"O God, Our Help in Ages Past" midi courtesy of - 08/04/09

"O God, Our Help in Ages Past" lyrics courtesy of - 08/04/09

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Knights of Pythias Logo courtesy of - 02/22/11

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