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Thomas Carroll Miller Obituary
Thomas Carroll Miller "Carroll" January 10, 1941 - November 28, 2012 On Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Thomas Carroll Miller passed away peacefully in his home in Shafter surrounded by his loving family. Carroll was born on January 10, 1941 in England, AR to Owen and Melissa Miller. Carroll was raised up through his early teen years in England; learning early on the true meaning of a hard day's work. By the age of 9, he was working a full 8 hour day driving a farm tractor and working the land. Then in 1954, Carroll headed west to California and settled in Shafter working as a farm laborer. Because of his young age, he was expected to do the work of two while only receiving the pay of one. A tried and true hard working man, Carroll made his career as a heavy equipment operator. He worked the last 20 of those career years for Tarman Construction. All of that hard work never deterred Carroll; it only made him tougher. A string of hard fought, but all too often one-sided bar brawls earned him the title of "Toughest Guy in Shafter". Carroll's fighting spirit would later serve him to prove his doctor wrong after diagnosing him with emphysema and only giving him 5 more years to live. The toughest guy in Shafter went on to quit smoking and living for 20 more years. Then 2 years ago, Carroll took on his last "tough guy" challenge - he took lung cancer head on, proving everyone wrong, living long past his expected time, enduring endless treatments and always with a grin that said, "Okaayy". He also worked very hard with Relay For Life. This toughness in his later years was strengthened spiritually, having turned his life in the path of God 15 years ago. He served the Lord at the church he loved, Home Fellowship Church in Shafter. Carroll was a man of simple passions, loving the art of wood crafting in his spare time, fishing the canal, mastering the timing on the slot machines, and an avid fan of Nascar. His greatest passion was his family. Carroll was above all else a man of God and devoted to his family. Wherever Carroll went, his family was there right along with him; they didn't necessarily have much of a choice. He was the center of his family, everyone's lives revolved around him. He took that role in stride, always being available for a nearby camera with a smile. He is also remembered for having a vast collection of sayings: some of those being, "Why is everyone always telling me what to do," "What's the plan?" and "Choot him!". Carroll's hard work, toughness, and putting God and family first are the qualities that he passed on to his family. He will be dearly missed. Carroll is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda Miller; son, Tomas Carroll Miller, II (Tracy); son, Roy Miller (Gayla); daughter, Ann Wiley (Anthony); brothers, Bobby (Marilyn) and Roy Miller; sisters, Pauline Johnson, Claudia Ashley, and Betty Roberts (Chester); and 9 grandchildren whom he loved dearly. Carroll's wishes were to have no services, instead live like he did, tough. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 2, 2012
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