OBITUARY

Gary Kenneth Miller

April 20, 1954March 16, 2021
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Gary Kenneth Miller, 66, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021. He was born in Amory, MS on April 20, 1954 to Kenneth and Deleeta Miller. After graduating from Hatley High School in 1972, Gary attended Itawamba Junior College and Mississippi State University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He later received a Master’s degree at Mississippi College. In high school, Gary participated in basketball, football, and baseball. He also enjoyed playing softball and golfing.

“Coach Miller” excelled as a basketball coach with a career that spanned 34 years. Gary coached at Baldwyn, Hatley, Madison Central, and Clinton High Schools. Many of his teams achieved play-off level success. In 1990, his Clinton Lady Arrows won the 5A state championship. Gary also coached one year at MSU as a recruiting coordinator for the Lady Bulldogs basketball team. After retiring from the public school system, Gary coached at Hillcrest Christian School, St. Aloysius Private School, and Central Hinds Academy. Gary had a passion for coaching basketball, and he taught hard work, commitment, and perseverance to his players. Not only did he teach these skills on the court, but more importantly, he desired that each player would achieve success in life. And he helped them in any way he could.

Gary was a loving husband, father, family member, and friend. He was a man of deep faith and was a devoted member of First Baptist Church, Clinton, MS where he served as deacon and Sunday School teacher. To his family and all who knew him, he was kind, caring, hard-working, and loyal. Gary had a heart for helping others, and he loved big. To his wife, Tammy, and his children, Jessica and Christian, he was an earthly example of our heavenly Father.

He is preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Miller; mother, Deleeta Miller; and his infant son, Kenneth Preston Miller. Gary is survived by his wife, Tammy Prather Miller; children, Jessica Houston and Christian Miller (Taylor); grandchildren, Miller Houston and Ben Miller; siblings, Michael Miller (Shelia) and Patti Miller. He is also survived by numerous extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held at Lakewood Memorial in Jackson, MS, on Friday, March 19, 2021 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. A visitation will also be held at Meadowood Baptist Church in Amory, MS on Saturday, March 20, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon followed by a celebration of life beginning at noon. Dr. Lloyd Sweatt will be officiating the service. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of funeral services in Amory.

The family would like to thank all friends and family for the many expressions of love and sympathy. Our gratitude goes to Dr. Lloyd Sweatt, Rita Sweatt, and Cindy Harmon for leading the Celebration of Life. We greatly appreciate the support shown by our church families from First Baptist Church, Clinton, MS and Meadowood Baptist Church, Amory, MS. Many thanks go to Lakewood Funeral Home (Jackson) and E.E. Pickle Funeral Home (Amory) for the guidance, care, and compassion shown to us at this time. The family would also like to thank Beau Ridge Memory Care, Ridgeland, MS and Compassus Hospice, Jackson, MS for the love and care provided during this journey.

E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in Charges of the funeral arrangements in Amory, MS. Online condolences can be made at https://www.eepicklefuneralhome.com/

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 19, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 20, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, March 20, 2021

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Leslie Barker

March 18, 2021

Gary “Coach” Miller taught us how to uplift and support each other, how to play as a team on and off the court. He taught Driver’s Ed to so many and taught us to stay the course, whether behind the wheel or navigating another of life’s journeys.

He loved God. He loved his family. He loved his neighbors - and we were all his neighbors.

Like any Mississippi boy, both hymns and Elvis songs ran through his veins. He laughed to his core. His laugh came from his deep well of joy. You can still hear his laugh echo through the laugh of his grandson, Miller. You can still see his joy sparkle in the wonder-filled eyes of his grandson, Ben.

You will find pieces of his heart in his beloved family- Tammy, Jessica, Christian, and Taylor. They will always shine with his special kind of light to help us through the darkness.

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Biography

Gary Kenneth Miller, 66, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021. He was born in Amory, MS on April 20, 1954 to Kenneth and Deleeta Miller. After graduating from Hatley High School in 1972, Gary attended Itawamba Junior College and Mississippi State University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He later received a Master’s degree at Mississippi College. In high school, Gary participated in basketball, football, and baseball. He also enjoyed playing softball and golfing.

“Coach Miller” excelled as a basketball coach with a career that spanned 34 years. Gary coached at Baldwyn, Hatley, Madison Central, and Clinton High Schools. Many of his teams achieved play-off level success. In 1990, his Clinton Lady Arrows won the 5A state championship. Gary also coached one year at MSU as a recruiting coordinator for the Lady Bulldogs basketball team. After retiring from the public school system, Gary coached at Hillcrest Christian School, St. Aloysius Private School, and Central Hinds Academy. Gary had a passion for coaching basketball, and he taught hard work, commitment, and perseverance to his players. Not only did he teach these skills on the court, but more importantly, he desired that each player would achieve success in life. And he helped them in any way he could.

Gary was a loving husband, father, family member, and friend. He was a man of deep faith and was a devoted member of First Baptist Church, Clinton, MS where he served as deacon and Sunday School teacher. To his family and all who knew him, he was kind, caring, hard-working, and loyal. Gary had a heart for helping others, and he loved big. To his wife, Tammy, and his children, Jessica and Christian, he was an earthly example of our heavenly Father.

He is preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Miller; mother, Deleeta Miller; and his infant son, Kenneth Preston Miller. Gary is survived by his wife, Tammy Prather Miller; children, Jessica Houston and Christian Miller (Taylor); grandchildren, Miller Houston and Ben Miller; siblings, Michael Miller (Shelia) and Patti Miller. He is also survived by numerous extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held at Lakewood Memorial in Jackson, MS, on Friday, March 19, 2021 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. A visitation will also be held at Meadowood Baptist Church in Amory, MS on Saturday, March 20, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon followed by a celebration of life beginning at noon. Dr. Lloyd Sweatt will be officiating the service. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of funeral services in Amory.

The family would like to thank all friends and family for the many expressions of love and sympathy. Our gratitude goes to Dr. Lloyd Sweatt, Rita Sweatt, and Cindy Harmon for leading the Celebration of Life. We greatly appreciate the support shown by our church families from First Baptist Church, Clinton, MS and Meadowood Baptist Church, Amory, MS. Many thanks go to Lakewood Funeral Home (Jackson) and E.E. Pickle Funeral Home (Amory) for the guidance, care, and compassion shown to us at this time. The family would also like to thank Beau Ridge Memory Care, Ridgeland, MS and Compassus Hospice, Jackson, MS for the love and care provided during this journey.

E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in Charges of the funeral arrangements in Amory, MS. Online condolences can be made at https://www.eepicklefuneralhome.com/