John "Johnny" Edward Miller Sr.
June 15, 1946 – November 3, 2018
O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and hear the bells; Rise up - for you the flag is flung - for you the bugle trills, For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths - for you the shores a-crowding, For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
John Edward Miller, Sr. age 72, of Poplarville, MS (originally from Chalmette, LA) passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS.
Affectionately known as Johnny, he was born on June 15, 1946 in New Orleans, LA to Elmira Stinson and Paul Miller, who both precede him in death.
Johnny proudly served as an Airborne Army Ranger and honorably retired by disability following the Vietnam War, during which time he received a Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze service star, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with device (1960), Expert Badge with machine Gun Bar with Rifle Bar and Parachutist Badge - Basic. He served with the 2nd of the 8th Company C and was 1/8th Battalion Jumping Mustangs. Following his selfless service to our great Nation, Johnny graduated from Holy Cross College with a degree in History. Continuing his life of service, Johnny retired from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Department where he held the rank of Captain. He belonged to Dominique You Lodge #468 F. & A.M. and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars as well as the Disabled American Veterans Creole State #11. Johnny had many interests some of which included family history, genealogy, metal detecting and treasure hunting. These interests contributed to Johnny authoring Treasure in Louisiana. A Treasure Hunter's Guide to the Bayou State, which is still available on re-release.
In addition to his parents, Johnny is preceded in death by his younger brothers, Paul Daniel (Danny) Miller, Sr. and Marcus Joe Miller; as well as his loving grandmother, Marcus Joe Stinson (Dinky). Sadly, Johnny was also preceded in death by his eldest child, Angel Miller.
Johnny is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Carmel Lovoi Miller as well as his sons, Johnny Miller, Jr., Jason Miller and daughter Stephanie Miller, also step-sons, Donald Larabell and Michael Larabell and step-daughter, Pamela Vega.
Additionally blessed in life, Johnny has 8 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, many great grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, service men and women.
It was a difficult summer for Johnny and now he's at rest in Heaven together with those who went before him. He will always be loved and missed by all who knew him.
No official services are planned at this time.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.whitefuneralhomepoplarville.com for the Miller family.
John "Johnny" Edward Miller Sr.
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December 25, 2018
Johnny, was always the first person to arrive at our simulator flight sessions in the evening. I personally enjoyed his presence and also his keen sense of humor. I can assure you, with great certainty, that he will be missed by our group. May you rest in peace now, Johnny and thank you for your service to our country.
Monty (aka Texas from the 45th Peacemakers)
November 17, 2018
We never met but spoke on Teamspeak while flying Combat Flight Simulator on Hyperlobby. Johnny was always most helpful when we were trying to get everything working and he enjoyed flying with the gang when he felt up to it. Now rest in peace and 'a clear six' Johnny.
My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Graham Thwaite (a.k.a Limey of the 45th)
Eddie and Trish Lamulle
November 13, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with John Jr., Jason and Johnny's daughter. Johnny and I have been friends and worked together for many years. We lost touch with each other after Katrina. Recently we found each other and our friendship began again. This is when we found out Johnny had cancer. I visited him often at his home. When he was placed in the V.A. Hospital and Nursing Home I visited him often, also. We then heard he was sent home and later to Hattiesburg Hospital. After being contacted we were told he had passed away. Johnny was a good man and served his country with pride. May he rest in peace with no more pain. Until we meet again my friend, Eddie and Trish Lamulle
November 6, 2018
I don't know if I ever properly thanked my brother-in-law, if not here it is Johnny.
In the late 1980's - early 1990's was the beginning of my computer days. I obtained a brand new Atari 64K for free. I bought a book and started reading. Johnny found out what I was using and sent me a huge box of computer stuff which went with my computer. I learned!! I went through everything hardware, software, cartridges and books.
All of this stuff gave me the basic understand of computers and how they worked.
From there I went on to get a Computer Information Systems degree from Nunez Community College. I worked for free for family and friends. I enjoyed this work very much! I'm retired now but I thank my family and friend who had confidence in me to take care of their computer services.
Thank you Johnny because it all really began with the box!!