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Info Sheet/Obit - Walter R. "Russ" Miller, Jr.

Died 1 November 2010 at the age of 65
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LTC Walter R. (Russ) Miller, JR. passed on Nov. 1, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas of a massive heart attack. Russ was buried on Nov.5, 2011, with full military honors in the family plot in Port Gibson, Ms. At the time of his passing, Russ & his wife, Carol were preparing for his retirement at the end of this year and settling in their retirement home in San Antonio, Texas. Russ had a successful 27 year Army career. Colonel Miller served two tours in Vietnam, the first as enlisted, the second as an officer flying Cobra helicopters. Russ flew Cobras under the call sign Centaur 47, flying for F Trp, 4th Cavalry from Nov. 1971-Nov. 1972 where he earned three (3) Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), an Air Medal with V device. Russ ended his 27 year career as Commandant of ROTC at Ole Miss. After retirement, Russ & his wife Carol settled in their hometown of Port Gibson, Ms. where he was Commandant for a Military school & for the last 20 years as Sr. Vice President of a local bank. Russ touched all that knew him and will be missed by all. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister & son, Walter Russell Miller, III. He is survived by his wife Carol, daughter Angie, and five loving grandchildren. survivors: Carol Miller, Wife San Antonio, Texas Angie Hudson daughter Waco, Texas other: All that knew Russ loved him.

Obit: LTC Walter R. (Russ) Miller, Jr., 65, of Port Gibson, MS died November 1, 2011, in San Antonio, TX. He was a graduate of Port Gibson High School and went on to receive his Masters from Webster University. He was married to the former Carol Hightower and they had two children.

Colonel Miller served in the U.S. Army for 27 years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he received several medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross (Fourth Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star and the Air Medal Second Award with "V" Device for Heroism. He was inducted into the University of Mississippi Army ROTC Hall of Fame in 2000 where he had previously served as their Commander.

After retiring from the Army, Colonel Miller served as President of Chamberlain Hunt Academy in Port Gibson, MS for two years. At the time of his death he was Sr. Vice President of Riverhills Bank.

Colonel Miller served on the Board of Directors, and previously as President for Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association in Lorman and on the South Mississippi Electric Power Association located in Hattiesburg.

As a community leader, he served on the Main Street Board of Directors and won the Paul Coggin Memorial Award for all his accomplishments in this position. Colonel Miller was Chairman of the Republican Party of Claiborne County, on the Board of Directors for the Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Claiborne County Veterans Association, President of Wintergreen Cemetery Association. He was currently serving on the Claiborne County Port Commission as an appointee of Gov. Haley Barber.

Colonel Miller was preceded in death by his father Walter R. Miller, parents Kate and Percy Wroten, son Walter R. Miller, III and sister Linda Wroten Styron.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol Hightower Miller; a daughter, Angie Miller Hudson of Waco, TX; sisters Joyce Miller Kendrick (Bart) of Fairview, TX and JoAnne Miller Lowe of Port Gibson, MS; five grandchildren, Courtney, Lindsey and Coy Miller, Amanda and Sarah Hudson and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at the Port Gibson United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 5th. Military burial followed at Wintergreen Cemetery in Port Gibson.

Honorary pallbearers were Joc Carpenter, Bob Dillon, David Fonda, Robert Gage, Mott Headley, Jr., Mike Keen, Bart Kendrick, Doug King, Bill Kirksey, Perc McCaa, Jay Middleton and Don Wilson.