Joseph Edwin Miller

August 24, 1956July 3, 2017
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Joseph Edwin Miller, 60, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away suddenly on July 3, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center. With a zest for life, even on the final day of his earthly journey, Joe loved life, promoted goodwill, found the good in everything he touched, and fostered contagious optimism in all who were blessed with his friendship. Joe was born in Huntington, West Virginia, on August 24, 1956. He graduated from Englewood High School (Class of 1974) and the University of North Florida. He was Vice President of the ABA Jacksonville Giants and worked for over 30 years in software sales and marketing. Among his many accomplishments and awards, he was a member of South Jacksonville Rotary for 30 years, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, Founder of the Gingerbread House Extravaganza, a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member in the Order of the Arrow. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Bonnie Luthin Miller; son, Richard Luthin Miller (Peggy); daughter, Claire Burns (Nick); mother, Alice Noble Miller and her caregiver, Irene Laffe; brothers, Ed Miller (Shannon) and David Miller; sister, Mary Beth Frommeyer (Christopher); in-laws, Dr. and Mrs. Richard B. Luthin, M.D.; Giants family; and a host of family and friends worldwide. He is predeceased by his father, Edwin Hall Miller.

Due to his adventurous spirit and love of travel, Joe's friendship and love extended beyond all borders. He truly never met a stranger and deeply cared for everyone. He completed his earthly journey too soon because God has plans for him. In lieu of flowers, please continue daily acts of kindness and give to a charity of your choice. As Joe would say, "Keep up the God work." The Visitation will be at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 121 E. Duval St., Jacksonville, Florida 32202, on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with the Reverend John Reynolds as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery with a reception immediately following. All are welcome.

Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL


  • Visitation Thursday, July 13, 2017
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 14, 2017
  • Reception Friday, July 14, 2017

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Lake Worth Library

August 26, 2017

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Bill & Betty Jones

July 29, 2017

Dear Bonnie & Family,
We were sad to hear of your loss of your Joe! Know you & all of your family & friends will remember his many acts of kindness. Continued prayers.

Vincent and Klaire DiViesti

July 23, 2017

Words are insufficient to show the measure of loss of Joe Miller, however the Joe and Bonnie love story will continue to inspire as an example to us all. Having known Joe since I was involved in Boy Scouts, Joe and I shared many a good time together and I treasured and valued our friendship immensely. I was honored to be a pallbearer for Joe, my dear friend, and I thank you Bonnie for allowing me to do so.. We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Bonnie, Richard, Claire and all the Miller-Luthin family. Our happy memories and mutual love of Joe will live on in our hearts forever. Sending thoughts and prayers, Vincent and Klaire DiViesti, Statesboro, GA

Matthew Fields

July 18, 2017

From my interactions with him, Joe was a great guy with a lot of joy in his heart. My prayers to the family.

July 18, 2017

Bonnie Claire,
We were so sorry to hear about your loss of Joe. I know this is a difficult time and please know that your Texas family is praying for all of you. Our hearts are broken for you. Love, Steve, Vicki, Sarah, Amanda and Hillary Englehardt

Sharon Prescott

July 17, 2017

Joe will be missed. He was a beacon to everyone he knew. Made the very best cakes ever. Loved his family and friends.

Freddie Kazaleh

July 14, 2017

Bonnie, we are saddened to hear about Joe. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. Our condolences and prayers are with you and you family.

Kitty Phillips

July 14, 2017

Every time Bella and I walk through Memorial Park, I will think of Joe--and you, Bonnie--and will never forget the two of you meeting for lunch on your special bench under your special tree. I will see him right there forever. Kitty Phillips & Bella, the puppy.

Greg Mitchell

July 14, 2017

I will always be grateful for Joe's generosity. I didn't know a soul in Jacksonville outside of work when I moved here. Bonnie and Joe reached out to me right away after I met them. They would take me to lunch after Mass and introduce me to their friends and family even though they knew I'd only be here for a year. Joe's genuine charity immediately evident and a great blessing to me.

July 14, 2017

Lou Black loved Joe---as did I. When Lou was sick Joe would often visit and the minute Joe walked into the house or the hospital room Lou would start smiling. Leigh Elizabeth, Lou and I were blessed
to have been a part of his life.
Susan Black