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James Edward Miller, 94, of Norton, OH, returned to his heavenly home on April 11, 2018. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him during his last days and ultimately gave him peace. He was born April 30, 1923, to Beauregard and Nancy Ann of Danville WV. His wife Joyce (Smith) Miller, daughter Phyllis J. Kerr-Underwood (Eddie), sister Rosie (Miller) Daniels of Madison, WV along with 7 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, survive Jim. His numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends will also forever remember Jim. His parents Beauregard Miller and Nancy Ann (Ferrell), wives Kathleen (Hicks) Miller, Miriam (Harris) Miller, and two sons, Douglas and Steve Miller, preceded Jim in death.
Jim and his late wife Kathleen resided in Madison WV.
In WWII, he served as a medic in New Guinea. Once Jim returned from the military, he worked in the coal mines as a machine operator for 20 years and a member of the United Coal Mineworkers of WV. He and Kathleen moved to Ohio in 1964. An employee of Babcock & Wilcox, known as Big Jim, he was a member of the Boilermakers Local 900 and union rep retiring in 1981.
He enjoyed 57 years of marriage with Kathleen singing in church with his family. They dedicated their children to God and encouraged them to explore the beauty of the gospels. He also enjoyed fishing with his boys and watching his grandsons play baseball. He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan. Jim married his second wife Miriam in 2000, enjoying 9 years together before her death. Jim met his current wife, Joyce at a church event and they married in 2011, adding to his family 2 stepdaughters, 1 stepson, and three step-grandchildren. Jim and Joyce enjoyed traveling, supporting numerous activities with Liberty’s youth group. They delighted in the time spent with family and friends. They spent many hours talking about the Lord and witnessing to those around them. When Jim’s health declined, he was no longer able to get around but he and Joyce continued their daily devotions as well as praying together at home. Jim was a devoted Christian and a longtime member of the Liberty Freewill Baptist Church, Norton, OH.
Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 3 to 7p.m. Services will be held at Liberty Free Will Baptist Church 3819 Johnson Rd, Norton, OH 44203 on Monday at 10 a.m., Reverend Cecil Farmer officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Liberty Free Will Baptist Fellowship Hall Fund, 3819 Johnson Rd, Norton, OH 44203.