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Jerry Blaine Miller, 75 of Bee Log died peacefully on Thursday November 22, 2018 after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest “Bud” Miller and Lula Pate Miller; his grandson, Anthony Joseph Davis; and his wife Carolyn Ann Miller.
He leaves behind a family that loves and misses him. His daughters: Kimberly Watts (Joe) of Jacksonville, Florida, Anissa Dixon (Chip) of Burnsville, Denise Riddle (Hugh) of Weaverville and Misty Miller of Burnsville. He was the Papaw to thirteen grandkids who loved and adored him: Aaron Davis (Brittany), Jeffery Biggs, Austin Davis (Samantha), Matthew Miller, Jeremy Biggs, Joseph Watts Jr, Jonathan Watts, Sean Dixon, Patrick Dixon, Rebecca Dixon, Melody Carney and Alyssa Carney. He was blessed with four great-grandchildren: Abby Biggs, Gracie Dixon, Mckenzie Davis and Oliver Biggs. His sisters: Ina Garnett, Gail Cole and Dail Neal and brothers: Gary Chaney and Ricky Chaney.
Jerry proudly served in the United States Navy for 20 years in Aviation Ordinance and is a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served in VP1 stationed in Whidbey Island, Washington, where he earned several medals. He also served on various ships and duty stations around the world. Jerry served many years aboard the USS America attached to VF143 in NAS Oceana, Virginia. He was stationed in VP-45, NAS Jacksonville upon his retirement from the Navy. He loved being in the Navy and serving his country with pride and honor. After retiring from the US Navy, Jerry moved back home to Burnsville, where he went on to get his Associates Degree from Mayland Technical College and worked for Phillips Magnavox and Sonopress until he officially retired in 2011.
Jerry loved spending time with his family and sharing stories about his Navy days. No matter how many times he told them, we all listened and have those stories to cherish forever.
Due to the predicted weather, arrangements have changed. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11th in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Military Honors conducted by the Sgt. E.L. Randolph Chapter #57 D.A.V.