Bobby Loren Miller, 85, of Alpine, Texas celebrated his home, going into the arms of our Risen Lord and Savior on March 31, 2020 due to complications following a stroke on March 23.
Daddy was a Godly Christian man, devoted husband to Joyce Miller, 85, of Alpine, Texas, and father to three sons, Johnny Miller, 60, of Borger, Texas, Johnny’s daughter Caroline Miller of Amarillo, Texas, Brad Miller, 58, and wife Terry Miller of Amarillo, Loren Miller of Canyon, Texas, Collin and Deborah Miller of Amarillo, and son Monty Miller, 56, of Dallas, Texas. Mr. Miller is further survived by his younger brother Larry Miller and wife Camille Miller of Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as his brother-in-law Dr. Claude Cone of Albuquerque, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a devout Christian with a heart of gold, and a loyal friend whose word was his bond. He was firm and fair, and would do anything for his family. Daddy loved his Savior, guns, cars, and above everything else, his family, and would light up at the opportunity to talk about any or all. Daddy was born in Cleveland, Oklahoma to Rev. Albert Loren and Endenola Rice Miller on March 12, 1935. He was the oldest of three siblings, Jeanie Miller Cone and Larry Miller.
Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Miller attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After a successful year, he transferred to Wayland Baptist College in Plainview, Texas to continue his education with a degree in music ministry.
In 1957, Mr. Miller accepted the position of Music and Education Director of the First Baptist Church in Ralls, Texas, thus meeting and later marring Joyce Marie Davis, who was the daughter of a deacon of the Baptist church. In September 1958, the newly married couple moved from Ralls to Post, Texas, where Mr. Miller was hired as the music and education director of Post First Baptist Church.
In the spring of 1959, Mr. Miller and Mrs. Miller welcomed their first child Johnny in April. In 1960, Mr. Miller graduated from Wayland Baptist College, and accepted the position of minister and education director at Kermit First Baptist Church in Kermit, Texas. In April 1962, the Miller’s welcomed to their growing family their second son Bradley Dale. Following in 1963, the family welcomed their third son Monty Lynn in December. In 1964, the family moved from Kermit to El Paso, Texas, where Mr. Miller accepted the position of music and education director for Ysleta First Baptist Church, as well as working for Ysleta Independent School District. After a very successful appointment with the church, Mr. Miller move in 1967 to Pecos, Texas, and accepted a position with Valley Motor Company, working six years there, and then joined First National Bank for seven more years.
In 1977, Mr. Miller’s oldest son Johnny graduated from Pecos High School, and in the fall of 1977, enrolled at Texas Tech University. In 1980 with the graduation of his second son Brad from Hardin Simmons University, Mr. Miller moved his family to Monahans, Texas, where he accepted a position with First National Bank.
In 1981, Brad, Mr. Miller’s son, transferred to Sul Ross State University. In 1982, Mr. Miller’s youngest son Monty graduated from Monahans High School, and attended San Angelo State, and his oldest son Johnny graduated from Texas Tech University, then accepted the choir director position at his alma mater Pecos High School.
In 1984, Mr. Miller’s father-in-law passed away. In May 1984, his middle son Brad graduated from Sul Ross State University, and his oldest son Johnny was named choir director for Spearman High School in Spearman, Texas.
On Jan. 1, 1985, Mr. Miller and his middle son Brad opened Miller Tire Service (Goodyear Tire Store) in Monahans, Texas, which coincided with the oil bust in Monahans. In 1987, Mr. Miller rejoiced with the appointment of his oldest son Johnny as director of choirs for Borger High School in Borger, Texas. In late spring of 1989, Mr. Miller celebrated the graduation of his middle son Monty from Texas Tech University with a degree in interior design. Monty moved from Lubbock to Dallas in 1990, accepting a position with the Market. In the same year, Brad introduced his parents to his future wife, Terry Dodd.
In April 1992, Mr. Miller’s mother passed away, and he became the manager for the local General Motors dealership in Alpine. In 1993 the Miller family moved to Alpine, and welcomed the first grandchild on May 6, Loren Douglas Miller. In March 1997, the family welcomed their second grandchild, Collin Bradley Miller. In midsummer of 1998, Mr. Miller’s father passed away.
In December 2001, Mr. Miller retired from his final position with Valley Motors, but still sold cars in a part time capacity, and his beloved mother-in-law passed away. In 2003, Mr. Miller attended his 50th high school reunion in Melrose, New Mexico. In 2008, Mrs. Miller joined her beloved husband in retirement from Sul Ross State University.
In October 2009, Mr. Miller’s son Johnny adopted his daughter Caroline Miller, who is currently a sophomore at Randall High School. In 2012, Mr. Miller’s sister Jeaine passed away. Mr. Miller was blessed to be able to attend the wedding of his grandson Collin Miller and granddaughter-in- law Deborah Joyce Howard in February 2020.
While in Alpine, Mr. Miller was actively involved with the Alpine Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, as well with the Alpine County Club where he served on the board of directors, as well in various functions. Mr. Miller was an avid golfer. He and his beautiful wife lived out the remainder of his heavenly, blessed life in Alpine.
Survivors eagerly awaiting the heavenly reunion - blessed beyond measure because God gifted this family with such a blessing as Bob Miller, husband, father, and papa - are his wife of almost 62 years, Joyce Miller; oldest son Johnny Miller and granddaughter Caroline Miller; middle son Brad Miller and wife Terry, whom dad always called his daughter from the very start; oldest grandson Loren Miller, and youngest grandson Collin and his wife Deborah Miller; and youngest son, Monty Miller. Mr. Miller is further survived by his younger brother Larry Miller and wife Camille Miller of Albuquerque, as well as his brother-in-law Dr. Claude Cone of Albuquerque, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Daddy always would say, “We’ve been blessed as a family!” I believe I can speak for the family - yes, we have, and thank you daddy for being a Christian father and patriarch teaching us to praise God from whom all blessing flow. We’ll see you again when we get home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a blessing in Mr. Miller’s name be made to your charity of choice. If you wish to mail a card of condolences to the family, you are kindly asked to mail the correspondence to Alpine Memorial Funeral Home, 209 West Sul Ross Avenue, Alpine, TX 79830.
Online condolences may be left at alpinememorialfuneralhome.com.