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12/22/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Ron Miller

Ronald T. Miller, Sr.
(30 Dec 1941 - 29 July 2014)

Newport News High School / Warwick High School Class of 1959

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 I was very disheartened to belatedly receive word of the death of   Ron Miller, Class of 1959, who passed away in Asheville, North Carolina on Tuesday, July 29, 2017 at the age of 72.

   Brother of Marilyn Miller Blanton ('52) of AL and Lenora Miller Parker ('54) of VA, their father, Herb Miller, passed away early in 2011.

  From John Murden ('60) of VA - 12/22/17, 11:16 AM - "   Ron Miller":


I found out yesterday that Ron Miller had passed away in 2104.

His wife, Mary-Ellen Miller, sent me the attached note in response to my Christmas card to him.

Looking back through your archives, I could not find any word from where you might have posted about Ron. He resided in Asheville, NC at the time.

Thank you for all you do, Carol!

Blessings to you and your family always and more-so at this time of year.

  Dear John ~ it is with deepest regret that I need to let you know that my wonderful husband passed away in July 2014, three months after being diagnosed with Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer - inoperable and untreatable. I do apologize - I thought I had covered all the bases, but in my " widow's fog", I obviously did not.

I was able to keep him here at home until about 4 days before he passed away - he made the decision to go into Solace. We were blessed in that our most loved and& appreciated family doctor had left his practice to serve at Solace. It was very comforting to us both to know he was in such capable hands.

The last year, the numbness has been wearing off and reality has really set in. I still feel blessed that we had each other for the time allowed, and that he got to see and hold his first great granddaughter.

All the best to you and yours.

Cordially, Mary-Ellen Miller


   Oh, John, I'm just crushed and deflated to learn this news. Ron was one of my most cherished subscribers, and helped me build the site and supported me in so many ways. Thank you so much for telling me; I had no idea.

From Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times - 08/01/14: 

                     Ronald T. Miller, Sr.
      ASHVILLE, NC - Ronald T. Miller, Sr., broke his earthly bonds on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, to join his earthly mother and father, Julia and Herbert Miller.

Left mourning his presence are his beloved wife, Mary-Ellen Y. Miller; son, Ron Miller, Jr. (wife Brenda); daughter, Vicki Stocks, and children of his heart, Roger Young (wife Krissy), Jan Curtis (husband Tommy), Donna Teague and Lisa Young; grandchildren, Katherine, Lauren, Ronnie, Amber, Tiffany, Miranda, Meredith, Matthew, and Sara; and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters, Marilyn Blanton of Dothan, AL and Lenora Parker of Yorktown, VA, and several nieces and nephews.

A graduate of The College of William & Mary and SMU, he held management positions in several industries. The last was Plant Manager of the International Minerals and Chemical Division in Spruce Pine, whose products included high purity quarts for NASA's Space Shuttle heat shield tiles.

In 1987, he formed his own local computer consulting business, setting up and managing computer networks for small to medium sized businesses. Since then, he also continued to consult nationally and internationally with several quartz industries.

Since retiring five years ago, he has been a part-time volunteer with Waste Reduction Partners in energy conservation projects for the Land of Sky Regional Council.

For 54 years, he also enjoyed a parallel second career as a sports official at many colleges, including Clemson, UT, WCU and ASU and at many of their conference championships such as ACC, Big South, SEC, and Southern Conference.

He and Mary-Ellen enjoyed big family get-togethers and travel, especially to the Isle of Palms, occasional European trips, and cruises.

Family visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rodney H. Hagans, Jr. officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Miller, Matthew Young, Frank Aycock, Mario Moreno, Joey Jaeb, Russ Jordan, James Thomas and Brian McCue.

Our eternal gratitude goes to Elizabeth Twardon, M.D., her nurse, Denise Huntley, Bruce Israel, M.D., Theodore Humble, M.D., and Hospice personnel Jeff Tait, M.D., Jeff Hodge, R.N., Jenny Martin, Social Worker, and the staff at the John F. Keever Solace Center.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Trinity United Methodist Church, 587 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806, are welcome.

The online register is available at

"I can no longer see you with my eyes, or touch you with my hands, but I will feel you in my heart forever."

Published in Daily Press on August 1, 2014.

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We are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences go out to the family. May God give you peace in your heart. We will be praying for all of you.

~ Lawrence Young Family, Eaverville, North Carolina

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Ronnie's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  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

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)

Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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