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Reverend Ulis Miller

Reverend Ulis Miller, age 88, 2160 Chestoa Pike, Erwin went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 29, 2015. At the time of his passing he was a patien t in the James H. Quillen Veteran's Administration Hospital. He was a native of White Oak Flats in Yancey County, North Carolina and also lived in Lost Cove, North Carolina. Mr. Miller moved to Unicoi County in 1947. He was a son of the late John and Huldia Webb Miller. Mr. Miller was a United States Army Veteran during World War II, receiving the Army of Occupation Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

He was the seventh employee hired by Nuclear Fuel Services where he was employed as an accountant for several years. Mr. Miller became an ordained minister in 1966. He ministered and served at several churches over the years including: Unicoi Freewill Baptist Church, Brummetts Creek Freewill Baptist Church, North Bend Freewill Baptist Church, Big Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Huntdale Freewill Baptist Church, St. Paul Freewill Baptist Church and Pathway Freewill Baptist Church.

Mr. Miller devoted many years of service to Unicoi County where he was a steadfast leader and was elected by his constituents to the Unicoi County Commission repeatedly from 1986 through 2002. His peers repeatedly elected him as the Chairman of the Unicoi County Commission and he served in this capacity for the majority of his time on the county commission. Mr. Miller served as the interim County Executive in 1990. He was appointed to and served on the Unicoi County Hospital Board and also served as a member of the local economic development board. Mr. Miller was instrumental in forming the Temple Hill Water Utility District. He was an active member of his community serving in numerous volunteer capacities and public organizations including membership in the Erwin Jaycees, Kiwanis Club and as Secretary for the Jack's Creek Ministers' Association. He wrote a book entitled, “History of Jack's Creek Association.” Mr. Miller was everywhere in this county, tirelessly devoting his time, energy, and leadership abilities to advance the interests of Unicoi County citizens. He never expected praise, recognition, or gratitude but served humbly and selflessly. His accomplishments and contributions to this county are too great and numerous to be specified.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers: Issac and Frank Whitson, Clifford and Phil Miller; five sisters: Leah Phillips, Polly Bailey, Dolly Johnson, Bonnie and Ada Miller. He leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife of sixty-six years, Faye Johnson Miller; one daughter, Teresa Kay Bowman and husband Doug, Erwin; two granddaughters: Julia Bowman Elliott and husband, Neal, Jonesborough and Lindsay Bowman, Erwin; one sister-in-law, Hazel Miller, Erwin. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 5:00 PM until the hour of service from the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Kevin Laws and Reverend Bill Greer will officiate the 8:00 PM funeral service. Music will be provided by the Murphy-Burleson Families and Inez Chandler. Active pallbearers will be Neal Elliott, Richard Bailey, Jim Johnson, Doyle Tipton, Alvin Murphy, Reverend Paul Bennett, Todd Love and Bill Gaines. Honorary pallbearers will be ministers' of the Jack's Creek Ministers' Association. Entombment services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, July 3, 2015 from the Evergreen Cemetery Masoleum. Reverend Kevin Laws and Reverend Paul Bennett will officiate the entombment service. Military honors will be rendered by the VFW Post # 4933.

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Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Miller family. (423) 743-1380.