James "Jim" Miller, 91, of Paducah, Ky., passed away at 2:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at his daughter's residence in Burtonsville, Md.
Mr. Miller was born and raised in Paducah. He attended Tilghman High School, Paducah Jr. College, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville before joining the Navy. Mr. Miller served as a Naval Engineering Officer aboard a minesweeper in the Pacific Theatre of Operation during World War II. After the war, he was employed as a physicist at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Silver Spring, Md., until his retirement. He retired to his hometown of Paducah, Ky., in 1978.
Formerly, he was a trustee and deacon at Reidland Baptist Church. Over the years, he taught Sunday School and served on many church committees. Mr. Miller has been a member of the Reidland Lions Club since 1979 and was a former District 43K Governor. He was a Melvin Jones Fellow, a member of the Kentucky Lions Hall of Fame and a Knight of the Blind. He was also a Kentucky Colonel, a Duke of Paducah and former Treasurer for the Reidland Community Center.
He is survived by a daughter, Jamie Sue Miller Hairfield (Larry) of Burtonsville, Md.; two sons, Thomas W. Miller (Peggy) of Eldersburg, Md., and Kenneth B. Miller of Naples, Fla. He is also survived by five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a stepsister, Nova Nuckols.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jerleene Fesmire Miller; his parents, Archie C. Miller and Lela B. Fields Miller; brothers Archie, Lloyd and Edward; and sisters, Dorothy Dollins, Barbara and Margaret.
Services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Paducah with Dr. Larry Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at the Mount Kenton Cemetery.
Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah.
You may leave a message of condolence and light a candle of remembrance at www.milnerandorr.com.