Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Services

Gary Miller

10/06/2020

The Man. The Myth. The Legend.

Gary David Miller, “Papa”, 74, passed away peacefully at home on October 6, 2020, surrounded by family after a lengthy battle with ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Gary resided in Jonesborough, TN, and was a member of Harmony Baptist Church.

Gary graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1964. While attending East Tennessee State University, he was drafted into the Army where he served in Vietnam War.

His love for his family was unprecedented and showed through his desire to be present at every special occasion and sporting event. He loved traveling in his RV and congregating with all his friends he has throughout the U.S. Papa loved his Pepsi, peeps and would never turn away a good greasy Rocky’s Pizza. Gary instilled his love for playing basketball in his daughters and grandchildren using the mentorship and knowledge he acquired from coach Hobie Powell and teammates at Jonesboro High School.

There couldn’t be a more caring, selfless, compassionate, giving man to demonstrate true love to his entire family. His dedication and support for his two daughters and grandchildren was admired by many.

Gary was survived by his wife, Becky Miller, two daughters, Tennelle Miller Cobb and Natasha Miller, 7 grandchildren, Calen Archer, Holden Gaylor, Ayden Begley, Hannah Miller, Abbie Williams, Owen Sargent, Sawyer Cobb, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Miller and sister Judy Miller.

The family would like to thank Amedysis Hospice and his wonderful caregivers, Mike, Leah and Theresa, for their loving care in Gary’s final weeks.

A visitation for Gary will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020, from 10 am to 12 pm, at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home. The graveside service will begin at 1 pm, at Mountain Home National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please kindly make donations to the ALS Foundation at www.donate.ALS.org


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10/09/2020
Janette Guinn
Gary was in one of the first physics classes I taught at Jonesborough High School. I remember that he was always wearing a smile. Gary will be dearly missed. Sending love and prayers for all of his family and friends.
10/09/2020
Jeremy Hodges
Very sorry for your loss.
10/09/2020
Nancy Murray
So sorry for your loss
10/08/2020
Heather Osborne
I will never forget your dad. He was an awesome person. Sorry for your loss.
10/08/2020
Jim/Clara Burrough
We know how Gary liked peeps. We were in Carthage and we bought the store out of peeps. Camping and traveling with gary and becky was so enjoyable because u never knew what him and Jim were gonna suggest we do next. He was always ready to yard sales and flea market especially the Webster flea market in Florida. Near the end he always had a smile on his face and was glad u came to visit. Rest In Peace my friend because u r gonna be missed
10/08/2020
Andrea Reed
This was one of the most selfless, kind, and loving men I have ever known. He was always smiling! Loved to talk your ears right off of you! I remember going on vacations with the whole family. Gary was so funny! Always making someone laugh. He will definetly be missed. Heaven gained an angel! Love to the entire family. ❤️
10/08/2020
Andrea Reed
This was one of the most selfless, kind, and loving men I have ever known. He was always smiling! Loved to talk your ears right off of you! I remember going on vacations with the whole family. Gary was so funny! Always making someone laugh. He will definetly be missed. Heaven gained an angel! Love to the entire family. ❤️
10/08/2020
Dave Keys
Sorry to hear this. Your neighbor across the street !!!
10/08/2020
Teddy Ricks
It was a pleasure to have known Gary. He was always smiling and in good humor.
10/07/2020
Debbie Wilson
Becky, my heart is filled with heartache at your loss but we know Gary is healed and in heaven with other loved ones . You will see him again one day. May you find peace and comfort in the wonderful memories you shared together. I love you and will keep you in my prayers.
10/07/2020
David and Pat Boshears
I began elementary school at Telford with Gary and finished high school at Jonesboro High with him. In between, we shared so many good times and I have nothing but good memories of Gary. He was a great teammate in basketball and always played hard. He was a devoted friend and really never complained about anything. I especially remember his smile and kindness. My heart goes out to all of his family and ask that God give you the peace that passes all understanding.
10/07/2020
Lois Greenwell
Prayers for comfort and peace.
10/07/2020
Connie Gilley-Boling
Becky and family, Bobby and I send our condolences.....We are so sorry for your loss....Gary is whole again and in the presence of our Lord....Prayers for peace and comfort....
10/07/2020
Angie Page
Sending love and prayers from West Tn. Becky, Stephanie and Abbie my heart hurts for you. Prayers for peace and comfort for all the Miller family during this difficult time.
10/07/2020
Mike Stott
It was my privilege and good fortunate to be a basketball teammate of Gary at Jonesboro High School. Gary was one of the "Good Guys"!!!

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