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Robert M. "Bob" Miller Jr.


April 24, 2017

Robert M. "Bob" Miller Jr.

Robert M. "Bob" Miller Jr. passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

He was born Sept. 19, 1932, in Weaverville, N.C. to the late Robert and Ella King Miller.

He graduated from Weaverville High School in 1951, joined the United States Army shortly after graduation and was stationed in Camp Polk, La. from 1951 until 1953. He married Virginia Cook in August of 1953.

He and his wife, Jenny, lived in Brevard for 17 years, where he worked at Olin Matheson Chemical Corp. and then purchased a funeral home in Black Mountain.

They were the owners of Miller Funeral Home from July of 1971 until 1998. Miller Funeral Home was responsible for the first burial at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. He also assisted the family of the first death occurring at the original hospice facility on Livingston Street in Asheville.

He was past president of the N.C. Funeral Directors Association, as well as a Mason and Shriner. He was on several different bowling leagues for many years.

He was a member of Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church and was a faithful supporter of the Black Mountain Fire Department, all local and state law enforcement agencies and valley sports leagues.

He loved auto racing and collected many antique American cars.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters, Frances Head and Lois Wallen.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jenny Miller; sister, Jean Umfleet, of Greensboro; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family will receive friends Monday, April 24, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. at Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church.

Burial will follow in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with military honors conducted by the N.C. National Guard Honor Guard.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals,


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