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12/04/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Billie Millner

Billie Meriwether Milner
(1929 - 01 Dec 2011)

Newport News High School Class of June 1946

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.
      Billie Millner, Class of June 1946, passed away in Newport News on Thursday, December 1, 2011, at the age of 82.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 12/03/11 - "Death of  Billie Millner":

Hello Carol,        Sat. Dec. 3
A  large article about the death of NN Attorney Billie Millner, NNHS June 1946 is in today's online Daily Press.
Didn't see an obit for him yet.  Probably will show up tomorrow.

   Thank you so much, Fred.

From the Daily Press - 12/03/11:

Well-known Newport News attorney dies

NEWPORT NEWS Longtime local attorney Billie Millner died on Thursday, according to sources.

Millner was a local attorney who specialized in land use and development cases, and he often made appearances before City Council.

Councilman Bert Bateman said he has known Millner since he was a child, as his parents and the Millners were friends.

"I'm going to miss Billie," Bateman said. "He was a real gentleman and a friend."

Bateman said Millner was "very reasonable and persuasive" and "sought compromise to solve problems."

Prominent Newport News lawyer Billie Millner died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.
(Sangjib Min, Daily Press / June 23, 2008)

Alan Witt, a Newport News accountant who served on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Commission in the 2000s, said that Mr. Millner was "extremely dedicated" to the city and improving the community.

City Manager Neil Morgan said that Mr. Millner was instrumental in helping the city revise its zoning codes in the early 2000s to allow for the building of Port Warwick, the first New Urbanism community in the city.

"He kept asking, 'What would it take to make this happen, to make it work?'" Morgan said.

Morgan said that Mr. Millner never treated city staff disrespectfully, even when he was on the losing end of a rezoning case. "He treated you the same whether you were a junior staffer or the city manager," Morgan said.

Mr. Millner recently represented the developer in the Windy Knolls condo controversy in Denbigh, and a company that was attempting to purchase the Harbor Square apartments in Hampton. The city of Hampton ended up purchasing Harbor Square to demolish and build a new courthouse.

In 2006, he helped orchestrate a land swap between York County and Newport News that helped pave the way for the yet-to-be-built Huntington Pointe neighborhood.

Mr. Millner is survived by his wife and children.

Arrangements are being handed by Peninsula Funeral Home, but no details on services were available Friday afternoon.

From the Daily Press - 12/04/11:

               Billie M. Millner



NEWPORT NEWS - Billie Meriwether Millner lived 82 wonderful years. He was born in Newport News to the late Edward and Willie Millner. He graduated from Newport News High School and Hampden-Sydney College, where he was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa. He served three years in the United States Marine Corps and retired as a Captain. He then enrolled in the University of Virginia Law School, where he received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion and functioned as the "mayor" of Copley Hill. After practicing law briefly in Greenville, S.C., he returned to Newport News in 1959 and joined the law firm that became Marshall, Blalock, Garner, and Millner. In 1987, he joined Jones, Blechman, Woltz and Kelly and worked there until his death. Phyllis Anderson, his assistant for 38 years, was crucial to his success.


Billie Millner



He passed away on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, after a brief illness.

His family, especially Anne, his wife of 60 years, were the great loves of his life. He is survived by Anne; four children, Edward and wife, Lisa, Meriwether and husband, Glenn Palmer, Margie and partner, Mark Walker, Daniel and wife, Tammy Matz; seven grandchildren, Katie, Meriwether and Emily Millner, Lia and Callie Palmer, Justin Umscheid and partner, Laura Germano, and Billie Anne Umscheid; one great-grandchild, Emma Quinn Umscheid; a sister, Essie Dresser; as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.

Secondary loves included biking, writing, kayaking, walking, swimming, painting, learning to play the piano, cross-stitching, knitting, and spending time in Bavon with friends and dog, Timmy.

He was an active member of the community. He served as President of the Newport News Bar Association and was a leader in the movement to integrate the Bar. He was a member and President of the Board of Trustees for Hampton Roads Academy and Secretary of the Board of Visitors for Christopher Newport University. He was serving as a Commissioner on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission. He served as a Substitute Judge for the General District Courts and as the Vice-Mayor of the City. He was a catalyst in the development of Oyster Point and downtown Newport News. As a member of the James River Country Club, he encouraged membership to individuals of all races and religions and was proud that these are no longer issues. The Virginia Conference for Community Justice recognized him with the 2007 Humanitarian Award.

The family will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at the Williamsburg Community Chapel, 3899 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

The family requests that donations be given to the Williamsburg Community Chapel; or the Lackey Free Clinic, 1620 Old Williamsburg Rd., Yorktown, in lieu of flowers. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from December 4 to December 5, 2011.
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December 04, 2011
Anne and family,
I was so saddened to learn of Billie's passing on Thursday. He was such a wonderful person; he always made me feel very special. Working out of town for the past several years, I did not see Billie as regularly as I did for many years. Ironically I was in town about a month ago in the Town Center building and decided to drop in to see him. He and Phyllis met me with open arms as always and I had the opportunity to visit with him for a bit. I now know that God definitely nudged me to take the time to stop in and I am so thankful.
Anne, my heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family.
Much love,

~ Diane Carter, Newport News, Virginia

December 04, 2011

So sorry to hear of your loss- Mr. Millner was one of my favorite paper customers in Bavon.

~ Sarah Franklin, Virginia

December 04, 2011
I will keep many fond memories of Billie. From the ski slopes, the Great Peanut Ride and parties with the Sheltons. I will remember him as an interesting, fun loving friend. My sympathy to you Anne and your family.

~ Shirley Merrell

December 04, 2011
Wow, this takes me way back to my days at the Denbigh Gazette.
Billie was very active and interested, and interesting, and affected many changes in Newport News. I got to know a different side of him during our years in Rotary Club.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

~ Terry Cox-Joseph, Newport News, Virginia

December 04, 2011
So sad to hear of the loss of a great, kind and generous man. I feel fortunate to have met him. Anne, may you, your children and extended family find comfort. My sincere condolences,
Louis Anderson

December 04, 2011

Our love and sympathies are sent your way. The world's loss becomes heaven's gain. We have fond memories of the Millners and First Presbyterian Church.
God bless Billie Millner's family.
Jerry and Judy

December 04, 2011
We've lost a great man. For 40 years Billie has been a mentor and a friend. I sure am going to miss him. My heart goes out to the family.

~ Carol Butler, Norfolk, Virginia

December 04, 2011
Bicycle Billy........

Ride on ride on!

~ Just Afriend

December 05, 2011

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December 05, 2011


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

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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