James W. Miller
January 12, 1936 – March 5, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family of James “Jimmie” W. Miller announces his passing on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the official age of 82. He had claimed to be 29 for several years, then would occasionally bump it up 10 years when his children started catching up to him, similar to dog years, but in reverse. We aren’t quite sure if he was 60 or 70 when he passed, or if he would prefer for us to announce the age he claimed to feel for years, which would mean he made it to 100! Yes, he was definitely a jokester, so a cookie cutter obituary would bore him to tears. We know that he would have appreciated a little humor to lift our spirits. No pun intended, or at least that’s what we’re claiming anyway.
Jim was born on January 12, 1936 to James and Cecilia Malmstrom Miller, who were residing in Isle of Pines, Cuba at the time before Fidel Castro took over and forced them and other Americans from their homes. After that, his family settled in Tampa, Florida, where years later he had graduated from Jesuit High School.
He had served in the United States Air Force from February 1956 – February 1960, then in November 1960, he married the love of his life, Gloria “Bunny” Brannen. She was a younger woman, who, ironically he teasingly referred to as “old woman.” She always had snappy comebacks for his humor, even more so the longer they were together. They celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in November 2017.
Jim was employed as a radar technician in a government contract at D-3 Radar Site at Cape San Blas, where he enjoyed working, along with his co-workers who he considered his extended family. He was forced to retire after 54 years of employment due to extenuating circumstances related to his illness. He was also long-time member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Port St. Joe, Florida.
Jim’s favorite hobby was computers. He was up on all the AOL keyboard jargon (acronyms and emoticons) before even his kids knew much about it. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and partnering with his kids and son-in-law in their shenanigans (the most memorable ones were on camping trips).
He is survived by his wife, Gloria “Bunny” Miller, by his children, Ronald (wife Brenda), Cynthia, David, and the baby of the family, “Daddy’s Girl,” Sharon (husband Marc Bailey), by his first-born grandchild, Kristen, affectionately called “Papa’s Sweetheart” who was never allowed to get any older than 5, and her daughter, Kenleigh June. He is also survived by his grandsons, Russell, Corey, Colin, Dominic, Christopher, Joshua, Caleb (wife Kaydi) and their children, McKynleigh and Kaiden. He also had the privilege of being grandfather to Renee and her children, Oliver, Keely, Aeryn “Pickle,” and Annabelle. He is also survived by his siblings, Catherine Scott, Edward Miller and Joseph Miller.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, James and Cecilia Miller and his brothers, Charles Miller and Michael Miller.
Visitation will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 7-8 p.m. EST (Stations of the Cross are from 6-7 p.m., prior to visitation. All are welcome.) Funeral service will be held also at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11 a.m. EST. Jimmie will be laid to rest at Holly Hills Cemetery, however no graveside services will be held. All are invited to come and celebrate his life with his family and friends.