James Ira (Jim) Miller Sr.

April 12, 1946September 14, 2011

James Ira Miller Sr. (Jim) 65 left our world unexpectedly to be with his heavenly family on September 14, 2011 at approximately 3:20 PM due to health complications. Jim was a remarkable man that never met a stranger, and had no difficulties with lending a hand to anyone in need. Jim was son to Jonathan Ralph Miller and Karen Henderson Miller McGilvray, but was honored to call I.D. McGilvry dad for many years.

A native of Brunswick Georgia, he returned there to live after retiring from the nuclear power industry. After working his way into engineering for Duke Power, he later became Component Engineer for Duke Engineering Services (DESI) overseeing the cranes and backup generators. Jim worked on a major Nor Burg diesel generator project for the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. He was proud to receive the Trendsetter Award from Duke Power for his work on improving the safety and efficiency of the crane used to remove the head off the reactor during refueling. His career shipped him to many different locations throughout the United States, where he made many friends that touched his life. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, his brother J.R. Miller Jr., and grandson James Ira Miller III.

Survivors include his fiancée Martha K. Bolinger of the home. Additional survivors are his four children he was very proud of; Karen Miller Hoffer and husband Brian of Lancaster PA., James Ira Miller Jr. and wife Angie of Newton NC, I.D. McGilvray Miller of Hickory NC, and Rebecca Joyce Miller of Hickory NC. He also left behind a sister, Carolyn Horrigan of Brunswick GA, and his sister-in-law Harriet Quarterman Miller of Brunswick GA. Jim left behind James and Joe Bolinger of Brunswick GA that he looked to as his own children as well.

Jim had nine grandchildren, Marty 21, Josh 20, Scott 17, Shane 17, Haley 14, Austin 13, Ty 8, and Aidan 5, whom all loved their Paw-Paw immensely. Jim also had many nieces and nephews that filled his life with immeasurable love, and many looked to as their Paw-Paw. Jim’s best friends Rick Hunning of Salisbury NC, Buddy Price of Cowpens SC, Chuck Reynolds of Carey NC, and Scott Rowe of Boiling Springs NC will forever be touched by his friendship and will miss him infinitely.

A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Edo Miller and Son Funeral Home at 7:00 PM on September 17, in Brunswick GA., with his nephew Jonathan R. Miller officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the start of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Lung Association 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 2000 E:

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Arrangements under the direction of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, Brunswick, GA.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 17, 2011

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Danny Kinard

September 21, 2011

Danny Kinard

I worked with Jim in the piping and equipment support/restraint group (hanger group) in the construction dept at Catawba Nuclear Station beginning in1981. As a former surveyor with Duke, I had quite a bit of construction experience but none in a technical support role like I had just taken with the hanger group.

My supervisor put me with another technician to learn the ropes, but I didn't hang out with him much. I was drawn toward Jim because of his spirit and his nature to keep working through problems to get the job done. He was also very much fun to be around. It seemed that just about everybody on the construction site knew Jim. He was full of energy and mischief and liked having fun with those he worked with. Because he liked to kid with others, I thought I'd pay him back one day.

I left a simple note on his desk in the tech support office saying: "call Bill at xxxx." I left Bill Lee's number on the note. Bill Lee was President and CEO of Duke Power at the time. I thought he would call the number, hear that it was Bill Lee's office and hang up. It didn't quite work out that way.

He came into the office (which was a large room with many desks and other technicians in it), picked up the note and mumbled, "call Bill, who the heck is Bill?" We played along that we didn't know but it sounded like it could be important. He put the note down a couple of times because he was working on a hanger design problem but couldn't resist returning the call.

Jim called the number. The secretary answered; "Bill Lee's office." Jim, of course, didn't hang up but said, "let me speak with Bill." She asked who is calling; Jim answered and we began to sweat.

The secretary said that Mr. Lee was out of the office for the day at an appointment. Jim argued that he must not be because he just left me a message to call him.

We started to panic, trying to get Jim to hang up - it's a joke, hang up I told him. Of course, his nature was to get to the bottom of why someone would leave him a message to call and then not be there. I decided to take action and hung up the phone myself.

Jim looked at me like I was crazy. I told him again that this was a joke - he had just called Bill Lee's office, Duke's President. It took him a little bit for that to sink in and he lit up with a combination of laughter and embarrassment.

Every day was fun with Jim Miller. He was a hard worker, and an over-achiever in my opinion. He had more energy and desire to get the job done than 3 average people.

Although I have not seen him in years, I love Jim Miller and miss him greatly. We shared time in our personal lives after work also. I saw his son ID for the first time when he was maybe 4 to 6 months old. Nobody could possibly have been a more proud father. I have also been out on lake Wylie with Jim and another friend in Jim's a faded red and white 15' open bow boat. What a fun day that was - and it started on the ramp before the boat was even in the water.

What a wonderful man you were Jim. I know you're lighting up Heaven now with big personality of yours and with your love of life!

Rest well. I can't wait to see you again when I meet you in Heaven. Be brushing up on your favorite Christian music, because I love to sing!

Danny Kinard
Belmont, NC

Chuck Reynolds

September 17, 2011

"Jim was a good friend and will be missed by all. Our deepest sympathy to the family."

Hoffer/Musser family

September 17, 2011

We send our deepest condolences to your family. Our love and prayers go out to you. May you cherish the wonderful memories you shared together. Jim will surely be missed, but never forgotten.

linda dutton

September 17, 2011

We send our thought s and prayers out to u all and our deepest sympathy goes out for you all s loss may god give u all the strenght to get thru this time from bruce and linda dutton rita dutton/duncan and family

Thomas (Gene) & Sheri Townsend

September 16, 2011

Jim was one of the gang who hung out together in high school. He was instrumental in getting all of us to join the marine corps together, only to find he would be cut as a result of his breathing problems. Although we had not seen each other much since high school, I remember the good times we shared and smile at all the memories we made. He'll be surely missed. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Laurie Lattarulo

September 16, 2011

We are so sorry for your loss. Sending you prayers to get through this difficult time.

Belinda Mobley (Allen)

September 16, 2011

I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the Miller family. Love you my cousins!