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Hixson Moss Bluff

150 Bruce Circle, Moss Bluff, LA

OBITUARY

James "Jim" Miller

April 20, 1937September 1, 2019
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James J. Miller passed away Sunday night on September 1, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He left his earthly life at the age of 82 years young and went on to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Born in Eunice, LA on April 20, 1937. He graduated from St. Edmund’s Catholic School in Eunice and went on to attend McNeese State University on a rodeo scholarship. During his college career, he went on to capture the title of National All-Around Cowboy. Along with his teammates, they brought home the National Championship trophy for 3 years. Jim went on to compete on the professional level in the R.C.A. and advancing himself to the NFR top 15 Bareback riders in 1960.

He caught the attention of a movie producer while at the NFR not only for his riding skills, but for his good looks. Hollywood was calling Jim, but he turned them down as he had a young family with aspirations of opening a cattle business.

In 1963, he moved his family to DeQuincy and started Miller Livestock. This business became his passion and was the love of his life. He eventually expanded with locations in Beaumont, Deridder, and Lake Charles. His passion allowed him to serve his customers for over 50 years. Jim donated much of his time and skills to promote 4-H, FFA and the Cattleman’s industry. Miller Livestock was among the top 50 businesses in Calcasieu for several years.

Jim served on the National Rodeo Historical Society Board of Directors (National Cowboy Hall of Fame) in OKC, OK and was elected as President. He was one of the first inductees into the McNeese State Rodeo Hall of Fame. His recent achievement was being awarded into the 4-H SWLA Hall of Fame along with many other awards and appointees.

He is a member of St. Theodore’s Catholic Church in Moss Bluff.

He is survived by his children; Bridget Armistead (Randy) of Moss Bluff, Shirley Sweat (Joey) of DeQuincy, Cindy Milner (Jerry) of Moss Bluff and Clay Miller of DeQuincy. Grandchildren; Jeff Armistead, Fancy Joffrion, Stacey Nolan, Lacey Hungerford, Henry Milner, Ben Milner, Devaney Benton, Dylan Miller and Layton Miller and Taylor McCall He was blessed with 15 Great-Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his dear parents, Ben and Eva Miller of Eunice, LA. His beloved sons, Jay and Hank Miller. His brother, Dr. Jack D. Miller and sister, Beneva Langolois.

Visitation will be held at Hixson’s Funeral Home at in Moss Bluff on Wednesday Sept. 4th from 5pm- 9pm, with ACTS Holy Rosary at 6pm.

Funeral Mass service will be held Thursday at 11.00 am at St. Theodore’s Catholic of Moss Bluff. Father Whitney will officiate. Burial will follow at Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) at alzfdn.org

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his children; Bridget Armistead (Randy) of Moss Bluff, Shirley Sweat (Joey) of DeQuincy, Cindy Milner (Jerry) of Moss Bluff and Clay Miller of DeQuincy. Grandchildren; Jeff Armistead, Fancy Joffrion, Stacey Nolan, Lacey Hungerford, Henry Milner, Ben Milner, Devaney Benton, Dylan Miller and Layton Miller and Taylor McCall He was blessed with 15 Great-Grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his dear parents, Ben and Eva Miller of Eunice, LA. His beloved sons, Jay and Hank Miller. His brother, Dr. Jack D. Miller and sister, Beneva Langolois.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, September 4, 2019
  • Rosary Wednesday, September 4, 2019
  • Visitation Resumes Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 5, 2019

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Denny & Patty Breaux Primeaux

September 11, 2019

We were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a dear friend of our family for many years and we'll always remember him. We share y'all's loss with heartfelt sympathy and prayers. When we say goodbye to our loved ones, on that journey to their Heavenly Home, that Goodbye is not the end, it just means, we are going to miss you, until the day comes, when we're all together again. May his Soul be at Rest in Peace.

John Weaver

September 4, 2019

It's with heavy heart I say goodbye to a mentor and friend from my "growing up" years. I worked forJim at all three of his barns while he supported me thru my trade school days. I learned alot about proper livestock handling from this great man, and I also learned a great deal about dealing with life in general from his everyday examples.
RIP old friend.

Tony Boy Palermo

September 4, 2019

Uncle Jim
Wasn’t a day went by he had a plan!!!
If that one didn’t work he always came up with plenty More. Lol !!
He was so inspirational in so many people life’s and especially
MINE. !!!!
Thank. You Uncle Jim
Please watch over all of US
Be in all your hearts 🙏🙏
Saddle. One for Me To
PS. No. Buckers.

Mia Racca

September 4, 2019

We were a young couple that seldom went to the barn to add to our stock but when we did, Mr. Jim always remembered our name and shook our hand. Such a nice man. We are sorry for your loss.

Martha Richard

September 3, 2019

Rest in Peace dear Friend. Prayers to all the family. Our Deepest Sympathy, Tommy & Martha H. Richard

Billy Stelly

September 3, 2019

So sorry for the loss of Jim. Prayers are with the family.

Bonnie Breaux Thompson

September 3, 2019

Praying for the family & wishing them peace to bring them comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in their hearts.
Rest in peace Cowboy.

Lauren Vincent

September 3, 2019

He was always glad to see everyone and never met a stranger. I met him in 2009 and I remember he loved children, taking time to speak to them and aided in making sure mom or dad "bought that goat or sheep" or whatever animal was up for auction! He will be missed, but we will see him again in the big arena, R. I. P. Jim

Anna Duhon Stokes

September 3, 2019

I can not express the knowledge I gained while working for Jim. He taught me not to doubt myself, to go after and stick with my passion! I know having met him and working with his wonderful family has help mold me into the person I am today!! I will surely cherish all my memories!!! Love y’all!!!
Anna Duhon Stokes

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Biography

James J. Miller passed away Sunday night on September 1, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He left his earthly life at the age of 82 years young and went on to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Born in Eunice, LA on April 20, 1937. He graduated from St. Edmund’s Catholic School in Eunice and went on to attend McNeese State University on a rodeo scholarship. During his college career, he went on to capture the title of National All-Around Cowboy. Along with his teammates, they brought home the National Championship trophy for 3 years. Jim went on to compete on the professional level in the R.C.A. and advancing himself to the NFR top 15 Bareback riders in 1960.

He caught the attention of a movie producer while at the NFR not only for his riding skills, but for his good looks. Hollywood was calling Jim, but he turned them down as he had a young family with aspirations of opening a cattle business.

In 1963, he moved his family to DeQuincy and started Miller Livestock. This business became his passion and was the love of his life. He eventually expanded with locations in Beaumont, Deridder, and Lake Charles. His passion allowed him to serve his customers for over 50 years. Jim donated much of his time and skills to promote 4-H, FFA and the Cattleman’s industry. Miller Livestock was among the top 50 businesses in Calcasieu for several years.

Jim served on the National Rodeo Historical Society Board of Directors (National Cowboy Hall of Fame) in OKC, OK and was elected as President. He was one of the first inductees into the McNeese State Rodeo Hall of Fame. His recent achievement was being awarded into the 4-H SWLA Hall of Fame along with many other awards and appointees.

He is a member of St. Theodore’s Catholic Church in Moss Bluff.

He is survived by his children; Bridget Armistead (Randy) of Moss Bluff, Shirley Sweat (Joey) of DeQuincy, Cindy Milner (Jerry) of Moss Bluff and Clay Miller of DeQuincy. Grandchildren; Jeff Armistead, Fancy Joffrion, Stacey Nolan, Lacey Hungerford, Henry Milner, Ben Milner, Devaney Benton, Dylan Miller and Layton Miller and Taylor McCall He was blessed with 15 Great-Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his dear parents, Ben and Eva Miller of Eunice, LA. His beloved sons, Jay and Hank Miller. His brother, Dr. Jack D. Miller and sister, Beneva Langolois.

Visitation will be held at Hixson’s Funeral Home at in Moss Bluff on Wednesday Sept. 4th from 5pm- 9pm, with ACTS Holy Rosary at 6pm.

Funeral Mass service will be held Thursday at 11.00 am at St. Theodore’s Catholic of Moss Bluff. Father Whitney will officiate. Burial will follow at Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) at alzfdn.org