Miller, Herbert Alexander

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Herbert Alexander Miller, of Blacksburg, passed away on March 28, 2011, at home. He was born on March 3, 1927, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Lottie Hunziker and John Lucas Miller.

He graduated from Atlanta Boys’ High in 1945; from Davidson College in 1948; and from Union Theological (Presbyterian) Seminary in Virginia (M. Div.) in 1952 and later earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree. Awarded a Graduate Fellowship from Union, he spent two years studying in Scotland. Pastorates were in Houston, Texas; St. Louis, Mo.; Pensacola and Jacksonville, Fla.; Neenah, Wis.; and Peoria, Ill.; before he became an interim minister. In Pensacola, he advocated for Civil Rights. From 2000 to 2004 he researched and authored the history of Boys’ High, published as, Boys’ High Forever . Herb was a Rotarian and a lover of classical music, travel, ice cream, seascapes, learning and books.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, John Lucas Miller; and a sister, Faith Dudley Ward. He is survived by Elva W. Miller, his wife of 58 years; daughters, Susan Miller, Deborah L. E. Miller (Mark Wilmot Prosser), of Radford, and Andrea MillerBruce; brother, Dr. Edward Thomas Miller (Yvonne Raftelis Miller), of Mooresville, N.C.; sister, Martha Elizabeth Miller Thompson, of Dallas, Ga.; three grandchildren, Rob, Ashley, and Claire; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Contributions in Herb’s memory may be made to the Capital Funds Campaign, Blacksburg Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 144, Blacksburg, VA 24063-0144 or Sojourn Center “Future Home for Hospice Care, NRV”, P.O. Box 295, Blacksburg, VA 24063.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Hunziker family plot, St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Sewanee, Tenn. Dr. E. Thomas Miller will officiate.

Arrangements by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, Tenn.