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William "Bill" Marshall Miller, Sr.

January 26, 1932 October 31, 2018
William "Bill" Marshall Miller, Sr.
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William Marshall Miller, Sr., “Bill” of Virginia Beach, VA, peacefully passed at home, on October 31, 2018.

He was born in Washington DC, to the late Allen and Rosalia Miller on January 26, 1932. He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Betty Gourley and Sally Langford and his beloved wife of sixty years, Rouie S. Miller, as well as his daughter in law, Jodie Miller and brother-in-laws Richard Gourley, Eugene Smith, Thomas White, Jared Smith and Erby Smith; sister-in-laws Isabel White and Margaret Smith. He is survived by his son, William Marshall Miller II and daughter, Rouie Isabel Humphrey (Belle); son-in-law, James Ray Humphrey; grandchildren, Regina and Gary Washington, and William Marshall Miller III (Billy), and Jared Humphrey, and Kelly Scott; Great Grandchildren, Lilly Washington and Riley Shumaker; brother-in-law, Pete Langford, and Paul Smith; Sister-in-law, Panagiota Smith, Mary Alice Smith and Ann Smith; and an extended family of nieces and nephews and dear friends.

He graduated from Norview High School, Norfolk, Va. in 1950. He Joined the Navy on Sep 1, 1950 -June 15, 1954. He was assigned to the USS Greenlit ASR 10 which was a submarine rescue ship during the Korean War. He was awarded a good conduct medal and a National Defense Medal and a United Nations medal. He was also awarded a Korean Service medal. His job during this time was as a Navy diver which focused on Submarine rescue training.

While attending Mitchell College studying history in 1954, Statesville, NC, he met his future wife and received a Junior College General diploma in 1956. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Old Dominion and Master’s degree for Bachelors of science in secondary education from William and Mary, while working at Norview Junior High as a History Teacher. He eventually transferred to Blair Junior High School as a guidance counselor in 1970. While at Blair he was hired as the Junior Varsity Basketball coach for Granby High school and guidance counselor. In addition to being counselor and a coach, he spent two years at Granby as a Night School Principal. From Granby, he worked in job placement for a Norfolk adult education skills program around 1980, giving opportunity for kids who dropped out of High School to earn a certificate to find a job. When that program ended, he moved to Lake Taylor to handle the In-School suspension program and he eventually moved and retired doing the same from Norview High School in 1993.

In the late eighties, he partnered with his brother in law; Dick Gourley in a journey for almost the next twenty years travelling the world. They made two trips to the Soviet Union before it fell and trips to China, Greece, Jordan, Ireland, Nova Scotia and fulfilled a dream to visit the Angel Falls in Venezuela. In addition, to the many overseas trips, they travelled together to different Air Shows in the United States. One of his last trips was in October 2018, touring Washington, DC with both his children and visiting the Museum of the Bible. He contributed to several travel articles in the local paper and visited schools, churches and nursing homes showing videos of his international travels.

He spent his retirement spending time with his second family, volunteering for the Virginia Beach Postal Credit Union. Often, he was found at his favorite restaurant; Athens Pizza and considered their employees another extended family. He enjoyed visiting with family and attending weekly get togethers at the Sports Club and various church meetings. A great love of GOD led to his many years teaching adult Sunday School.

Known by many nicknames; “Boss-Man”, “Coach”, “Grandpa”, “G-Dad”, He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, his love of adventure and love of sports, specifically Golf which he played or watched for many years of his life. His kindness to family will also always be remembered as well as the compassion he had for the many charities he supported. He also leaves behind several gifted paintings and drawings he made.
The memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, November, 5, 2018, at Fellowship Baptist Church 419 Glen Rock Road Norfolk, Va. 23502, where he and his late wife were members. A reception will follow the service at the church. A private burial will take place at Colonial Grove Memorial Park in Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, Contributions may be made in his memory to Fellowship Baptist Church or the Wounded Warrior Project Po Box 75841 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8541. Arrangements are by Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Princess Anne Chapel.


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Memorial Service

Monday

5

Nov

11:00 AM 11/5/2018 11:00:00 AM
Fellowship Baptist Church

419 Glenrock Road
Norfolk, VA 23502

Fellowship Baptist Church
419 Glenrock Road Norfolk 23502 VA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Wounded Warrior Project

Post Office Box 758517
Topeka, KS 66675
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