Mr. Richard Leon "Rich" Miller, 78, went to be with his Lord on the afternoon of June 2, 2021 after a battle with cancer. He was born in Manila, Arkansas on July 30, 1942 to Curtis and Katherine Miller. "Rich" served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Independence with Fighter Squadron VF-41 during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam's early days. Upon returning to Arkansas, he worked for Mississippi County Electric Cooperative. He then moved from Arkansas and joined Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative in Linden around April of 1969 as a journey lineman. He worked many years keeping the lights on for the residents of Perry County. He served for 30 years before retiring in 1999 as District Manager. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and part-time golfer, who truly loved rooting for his Arkansas Razorbacks and Vanderbilt. His later love was for his brothers in the Perry County Vietnam Veterans Association. Known by just about everyone in Perry County, he could be seen at the local gas stations, post office and riding around the county, spilling stories and visiting with his many friends. In addition to his father he is also preceded in death by his brothers Charles Leslie and Carl Jerome Miller, a grandson Richard Ethan Miller and son-in-law Earl "Squirrel" Davis.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ernestine, his daughter Lisa Davis of Murfreesboro, his son Rink (Angie) Miller of Benton, AR., his mother Katherine Phillips of Linden, grandchildren Sheree (E.T.) Bradley, Brad (Lindsey) Davis all of Murfreesboro, Michaela (Colton) Tidball of Benton, AR., great-grandchildren Cooper, Lily, Penny and Riley Bell.
In lieu of flowers, "Rich" requested donations be made to the Perry County Vietnam Veterans Association, Chapter 1123, 7415 Highway 438 West, Linden, Tn. 37096
Pallbearers will be provided by the Perry County Vietnam Veterans Association, with Honorary Pallbearers Ronnie Averett, Derle Hill, Timmy Hill, Kenneth Shelton, Ronnie Reese, Randal Dailey, Kyle Parnell, "Buzz" Bradford, Jackie Duncan, Scott Hudson, Gene Raines and the many hundreds of men he considered friends.
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