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J. Robert Miller, 97, of Tompkinsville, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Monroe County Medical Center.
J. Robert was born in Monroe County, on June 5, 1920, son of the late Ina Flo (Chapman) and Harlan Ross Miller.
During J. Robert's life, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II. He taught agriculture in the Monroe County School System for more than 20 years, served as Kentucky State Agriculture Commissioner from 1968 to 1972 during Louie B. Nunn's time as governor, he served on the Kentucky State Fair Board for eight years, was a farmer and champion watermelon grower, helped organize Monroe County Watermelon Festival, was a TPA member for 50 years, he was active in the Republican party, worked in insurance and monument sales, was a mason and a member of Tompkinsville First Baptist Church for more than 20 years.
On Nov. 23, 1942, he married Naomi Bowman Miller. Naomi preceded him in death on July 13, 1997.
J. Robert is survived by two sons, Johnny, husband of Pam Miller, and Joey, husband of April Miller, all of Tompkinsville; seven grandchildren; one step-grandchild; and several great-grandchildren.
J. Robert is also survived by a sister, Betty Jane Pence, of Franklin, Tenn.
He was also preceded in death by his two daughters, Roberta Miller and Rhoda Beth Huffman; and brother, Kenneth Harlan Miller.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at Yokley Trible Funeral Home, Tompkinsville, with Brother Steve James and Judge David Williams officiating. Visitation is Tuesday 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday after 6 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Skaggs Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Retried Teachers Scholarship Fund, 4-H, FFA or Skaggs Creek Cemetery.
Published on July 17, 2017
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