James (Jim) Edward Miller, 72, of Knoxville, passed away June 11, 2013, at his home.

Born in Campbell County, April 11, 1941, he was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Lanta Violet Miller; sister, Maggie Lay; grandparents: Jake and Sarah Elizabeth Lowe Miller, and James and Nancy Comer Violet; and brothers- and sister-in-law: Lorne Lay, Fred Hicks, Bucky Lay, Bill Ayers, Segal Byrd, and Norma Jean Miller.

He was ordained as a Deacon at Faith Baptist Church, and was ordained as a Minister at Little Elk Baptist Church and served as pastor while in his 40ís. He traveled throughout his life  singing as the Jim Miller Trio with his wife and family, recording two albums and one of his own. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Devonda Miller of Knoxville; children: Rebecca and James Powers of Williamsburg, Ky., Kimberly and Albert Kelley, Shawna  and Patrick Watson, and Chasatie Miller, all of Knoxville, Jack and Freida Miller of Jefferson City, and Modesty and Brandon Bailey of Strawberry Plains; grandchildren: Ciera Swords, Leah Beth Powers, Charatie Minnich, Sonny Morrell, Jr., Gabrielle Rose, Jared Miller, Kristen Hickey, Sarah Miller, Chasatie Miller, and Modesty Bailey; great-grandchildren: Zechariah and Ellie Rose; brothers: Joe Miller, Tommy and Alice Miller, Roger and Pam Miller, and Mike and Vicky Miller; sisters: Verna Hicks, Lois Byrd, Betty Ayers, Wanda and Bob Lay, and Iris and Johnny Angel; several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives.

Masonic and funeral services were conducted June 13, at Straight Fork Baptist Church with Bro. Cliff Crabtree officiating. Music was provided by the Miller Brothers. Graveside service was conducted June 14, at Byrd Private Family Cemetery.

Four Oaks Funeral Home of Huntsville had charge of arrangements.


  1. I love you papaw! you are the most amzing person I know! you always inspired me to practice my guitar and sing. I'm so glad that god blessed me to be your grand daughter <3.

  2. It’s been nearly three months and I still miss you more than anything dad. I wish you could see Ellie now, you’d be so proud of how big and smart she is getting. I love you so much.