James Robert Miller

September 14, 1943May 24, 2017
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James (Jim) Robert Miller was born September 14, 1943 in Portsmouth, VA. He passed away at home on May 24, 2017.

After a three year enlistment with the US Air Force he accepted a 6 month contract with Lear Siegler rebuilding aircraft in the U. S. Panama Canal Zone. At the termination of the contract, he joined the Canal Zone Police as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer until the ratification of the Panama Canal Treaty. He proudly served with this professional Law Enforcement Agency and was Sargent in Charge of the Traffic Division when the treaty went into effect. During the years in the Canal Zone he became an avid Amateur Radio Operator with call signs: KZ5JM, and KZ0DX. Jim was one of the founding members of the Carolina DX Association, an amateur radio club formed in 1983.

Another interest of Jim's was target shooting that he thoroughly enjoyed at the Charlotte Rifle & Pistol Club which he frequented.

Jim is survived by his wife of 51 years, Norma Briggs, whom he met and married in the Canal Zone when she was a nurse at Gorgas Hospital, 2 sons Jimmy and Eddie, 2 brothers Ken (Texas) and Jack (Charlotte), and one sister Sharon Armstrong (Arizona) . A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 AM, June 1, 2017 at McEwen Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC, 28210. On-line condolences may be placed at


  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 1, 2017

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Robert James

February 16, 2018

God Bless you all - I was up and down the towers with Jim working on ham related things while living a few streets over. Jim was instrumental in my taking up ham radio seriously. Just learning of his passing - God bless you all.

Laura (Laurie) Meyer

June 3, 2017

To Norma, Jimmy & Eddie
May the Lord Jesus wrap his arms around you all and comfort you. You're all in my heart and prayers.

Laura (Laurie) Meyer

June 3, 2017

I was saddened to read the post of Mr. Miller's passing. My family (MEYER) and the Miller family go way back in time from the Zonian days. Norma and Jim were close friends of my parents. When we travelled to the "other side" (Pacific Side) to visit Nana, we always would stop by the Miller's for a visit. He was one of the best CZ police officers. RIP Mr. Miller (Jim). Love, hugs, prayers and my sincere condolenes to you Mrs. Miller (Norma) and all family.

June 1, 2017

I worked with Jim while on the Canal Zone Police Force. A very good officer and man.

Tom Robertson

Wayne Starnes

May 31, 2017

Norma, Cathy and I are saddened with the news of Jim's passing. We know how hard a prolonged illness can be, but are also reassured that he is more at peace now. It was an honor to know Jim through these many years of ham radio fellowship. Sometimes I think you gals had more fun at events than us guys.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you face his loss.

Wayne (KU4V) and Cathy Starnes

Roger& Grace Melton

May 31, 2017

Jim and Norma were so great with us while in the Canal Zone. We will miss Jim and send our condolences. We remember Norma helping Grace with her allergy shots and her and Jim being so kind.

Annette Johnson

May 30, 2017

I want to send my sincerest condolences to the Miller family . I feel like I can speak, for the whole BJ'S Optical team , when I say that Jim was always a highlight of our day when we would see him .
He was not a customer to us he was our friend .
Norma and all of the Miller family will be in our thoughts and prayers

Judy Buchanan

May 30, 2017

Dear Norma,
I'm sending you lots of love and praying that you will have courage and patience in this difficult time. I know you will see him again and that it will seem as though no time has passed, but the waiting will be hard. My heart goes out to you -- the wonderful cousin that I still can see bouncing along on a pogo stick in Yokohama. Love and Peace to you, Jimmie and Eddie!

Kay Stamer

May 29, 2017

Norma, Karl & I send huge hugs and much love to you. We were so saddened to hear of Jim's passing and are thankful that we got to see Jim and share a few laughs at the beach last year. His memory will live in all our hearts.

Bonnie & Ed Dolan

May 29, 2017

Norma and family, Bonnie and I are saddened with the news of Jim's passing. You both are in our memories of the Canal Zone, our young days of families growing and expanding. We will keep you all in our prayers as you struggle with your loss. May the perpetual light shine upon Jim, may his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen. God bless you all.