James Oscar “Radio” Miller gained his wings on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
He was born March 5, 1939, in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in the Mucktown Community. He attended Old Austin High School and was a devoted longtime member of Wilder Missionary Baptist Church. While at Wilder Missionary Baptist Church, he was a Trustee and had several other duties in the church. He was a welder by trade and worked several years at Dempster Brothers before retiring. He also had several man-hours at Salomone Construction and Fairfax Construction companies.
To know JAMES O MILLER” aka RADIO was to love him! James loved people, food, and good ol’ conversation. James also loved watching Western movies, baseball, and football. He never met a stranger and was a jokester. He would yell “HEYYYY” three times before you left; and, of course, you would leave with a smile.
Preceded in death by his wife, Fleeta Mae Francis Miller; grandson Chris “C. Mills” Miller; father and mother, Sammie and Nancy Coleman; sisters- in-law, Betty Wilson and Joyce Miller; brothers-in-law, Charles Bodwick and Harry Brown and special friend, Sherrian “Cherry” Brabson.
Survived by his sons, Lawrence Francis, Larry (Connie) Miller, Tommy Miller (Carla) and Michael (Nikki) Miller; daughter, Jamesetta Miller; devoted daughter/caregiver, Freta Miller (Paul); grandchildren, Spencer Jr. (Stephanie), Brandon, Shasta, I’keem, Shalarrya, Travis, Justin, Elliott, Alexus, Fleta, Erica, Wayne, Anitra, Roy, Von, Kinshadi, Iman, Mekhi, Mikayla, Xica, Leon, Monique; 19 great grandchildren; god children, Chandrel “Sparkle” and Francell “Fran” Davidson; siblings, Glenn “Lefty” Miller (Bonnie), Verlin Bodwick and Maxine Brown, both of Philadelphia, PA; very special cousins, Brenda Armstrong and George O’Neal; brother-in-law, John Wilson; devoted friends, Jerome Salomone and Elmore “Moe” Jenkins; a host of other family and friends to include the Morningside Garden Apartments residents, the Montgomery, Brabson and McDuffey families.
Saturday, June 26, 2021, a public walkthrough is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Wilder Missionary Baptist Church, 1531 Wilder Place, Knoxville TN. Social distancing and face coverings are required. A funeral service to follow for immediate family and close friends. Pastor Johnny Reid is the eulogist. Interment at New Gray Cemetery, 2724 Western Avenue, Knoxville, TN, where a white dove release will conclude the service. Flowers may be delivered to the church the morning of the walkthrough. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com.
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