OBITUARY

Billy Ray Miller

February 28, 1966March 23, 2021

A Celebration of Life

Billy Ray Miller

Sunrise: February 28, 1966 Sunset: March 23, 2021

Billy Ray Miller (Also Known As Billy the kid) was born February 28, 1966 to Dorthy Miller in McComb, Mississippi. He grew up as a middle child, Loved by his older brother Micheal, and adored by his younger sister Natalie.

After graduating high school, he later decided to continue his education by attending Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas; however, immediately after High School Billy set his sights on joining the U.S. Army (1984). He committed 21 years, 1 month, and 4 days of dedicated service to his Country. Billy was awarded with several honors and medals. He fought in The Gulf War of 1990, Operation Desert Storm of 1991 War, and Operation Iraqi Freedom of 2003 War.

During his Military career Billy was deployed to Hunan Germany in 1991. It was there where he met and dated LaFonda, who would later become his wife. They joined in matrimony on February 23, 1996 and in this union, had a son LaDell Miller. Billy raised LaDell with his two siblings LaTretta and LaTrell as a family for over ten years.

Billy was a devoted husband and father, taking his family on several vacations, and having family bike rides on Sunday afternoons.

Billy was preceded in death by his mother Dorthy Miller.

Billy leaves the cherished memories he shared with his son LaDell (Missouri City), Brother Micheal and wife Wendy, Sister Natalie (Mississippi) and a host of nephews and relatives.

He leaves fun and fond memories to his Military brothers and sisters, and The Moose biker club (2016)

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Guillermo Perez-Ordone, Active Pallbearer
  • James Stewart , Active Pallbearer
  • Chuck Stelter, Active Pallbearer
  • Steve Estabtook, Active Pallbearer
  • Mike Rodriguez, Active Pallbearer
  • Gary Short, Active Pallbearer

Services

22 April

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

211 W Avenue B
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522

23 April

Graveside Service with Military Honors

10:00 am

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

11463 State Highway 195
Killeen, Texas 76542

Memories

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Kathy Johnson

April 14, 2021

Billy, I hope you knew how beloved you are in the community, your friends love you and miss you greatly, ride free my friend!

Michael Miller

April 12, 2021

I will always love you and keep you in my heart forever!! Love you little brother 4-EVER AND A DAY!!

Grace Taplin

April 11, 2021

You live for something... You wrote your name in kindness,love, and mercy on the hearts of thousands you met. You will never be forgotten. Love always .

Holly Bates

April 11, 2021

Billy never seemed to meet a stranger and always wore a smile. His door was always open and welcoming. He was taken too early, but lived a full life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends who grieve his loss. May you ride the skies, Billy, watching over all who loved you until you meet them again.

Duke Harris

April 6, 2021

Love ya! God Bless. We send our condolences to the family.

Julius "Carl" Butler

April 6, 2021

You were always more like a younger brother to me than a first cousin. I love you for always being so family oriented. I will miss you. Tell your mom her favorite nephew says hello.
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Wanda Miller-Walker

March 26, 2021

There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you
are , you will always be in our hearts.
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Pearl Berkey

March 25, 2021

So sorry for the loss.he was a great man. Will greatly be missed

Cathy & Larry Sweem

March 25, 2021

Billy will be missed dearly, we will miss his smile, he always had a way of lighting up a room when he came into it. Our heart goes to your family. You My friend were taken too soon from this world.

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Biography

A Celebration of Life
Billy Ray Miller
Sunrise: February 28, 1966 Sunset: March 23, 2021
Billy Ray Miller (Also Known As Billy the kid) was born February 28, 1966 to Dorthy Miller in McComb, Mississippi. He grew up as a middle child, Loved by his older brother Micheal, and adored by his younger sister Natalie.
After graduating high school, he later decided to continued his education by attending Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas; however, immediately after High School Billy set his sights on joining the U.S. Army (1984). He committed 21 years, 1 month, and 4 days of dedicated service to his Country. Billy was awarded with several honors and medals. He fought in The Gulf War of 1990, Operation Desert Storm of 1991 War, and Operation Iraqi Freedom of 2003 War.
During his Military career Billy was deployed to Hunan Germany in 1991. It was there where he met and dated LaFonda, who would later become his wife. They joined in matrimony on February 23rd, 1996 and in this union, had a son LaDell Miller. Billy raised LaDell with his two siblings LaTretta and LaTrell as a family for over ten years.
Billy was a devoted husband and father, taking his family on several vacations, and having family bike rides on Sunday afternoons.

Billy was preceded in death by his mother Dorthy Miller.
Billy leaves the cherished memories he shared with his son LaDell (Missouri City), Brother Micheal, Sister Natalie (Mississippi) and a host of nephews and relatives.
He leaves fun and fond memories to his Military brothers and sisters, and The Moose biker club (2016)


Tribute
DAD
From Son LaDell:
Dad I never imagined this day would come, especially so soon. My heart is breaking right now. I was just with you for your birthday last month, not knowing it would be the last birthday that I would get to share with you. I miss you already, and I pray that you did not endure any pain. You always told me how proud of me you were. I promise to try and always make you proud.
I am at a lost without you, and I will miss hanging out with you.
I will forever miss all great laughs, and times we shared together. Never forget the amazing seafood and movies we enjoyed together.
Dad….I Love you


Brother
From Michael: (Brother)
Billy Ray Miller
Better known as BILLY THE KID! Growing up he could never stay still, always on the go. From our high school days, racing his Chevy Malibu, always in high gear! One night he was testing out his car, he had just put on a new muffler system, he was doing over 120 mph, on a old Country road
When he ran by a city police officer doing over a hundred miles per hour. Billy left him in his dust! But down the road in a curve he was going to fast and hit the Guard rail. The car was totaled, and he was sitting on the ground near the car !
Later on the police chief told our grandfather. That your grandson can drive, we gave up on him. Before he hit the guard rail! That was my brother, he enjoyed his life to the fullest. Doing what he loves doing! Now Rest In Peace Billy! Love you Brother!

From Natalie (Sister):
Tears roll down my face as I write this big bro, words cannot express how much I am going to miss you. You always been my big hero, I remember growing up, when you came home to visit, how much joy I had in my heart when you came home. You stayed overseas so much that I hardly got to see you. But when you did come home, I wanted to be under you 24/7. I remember momma saying give your brother some space. I would laugh, but you would say “she alright momma.” I remember staying up all night playing Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter on the Nintendo with you. I remember getting in trouble all the time messing with your things. One time you brought some swords home from when you was overseas in Germany, and I stayed sneaking in, messing with them, and Momma used stay fussing, “leave Billy’s stuff alone, you not going to be satisfied till you cut yourself.” I know that no matter what, you will always be with me. When life separates us, I know it is only your soul. As I say goodbye to your body, I know your spirit will be with me always. When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch, I will know it is you singing to me.
Love you always Big Bro, your baby sister.

Acknowledgement
From the family, thank you for your support during this time of bereavement. Thank you for the calls, texts, the monetary gifts, and hugs of love and kindness we received. Words alone cannot express how much we appreciate each and every one of you.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we resolve within ourselves that our loved one is no longer with us. Thank you.