Loving husband, father, and friend, Lowry Jock Miller of Forest, VA went to be with his Heavenly Father on Sept. 11, 2015 after battling cancer for over 18 years. He is survived by Marjorie Donald Miller, his devoted wife of fifty-five years. He was born in San Diego, CA, on Nov. 15, 1937, the son of the late Naval Captain David L. Miller and Jean A. Miller, formerly of Oakland, CA. Upon graduating from Fairfax High School in 1955, as a Virginia State Champion in the pole vault, he earned a track scholarship to the University of Richmond and graduated with his Bachelorâ€™s Degree in 1960. Lowry completed Officer Candidate School while at Richmond and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry. After serving four years on active duty he earned his law degree from T.C. Williams Law School at the University of Richmond in 1967. Lowry graduated from the Judge Advocate General School in 1974 and the U.S. Naval Justice School in 1977. He served in the Marine Corp Reserves as a JAG officer until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1986. Lowry was a distinguished lawyer practicing in northern Virginia for four decades and was well known as a highly skilled trial attorney. He was a former member of the American, Virginia State, Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax Bar Associations. In addition, he was member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. He was also a member and former President of the Northern Virginia Defense Lawyers Association. He was admitted to practice law for the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Lowry successfully argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Virginia and also earned the distinct privilege to present cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. Lowry enjoyed golfing, fishing, hiking, and joking with his many friends and family. He loved to share his passions with others. He often could be found on a lake, golf course, or trekking the Peaks of Otter, the Virginia Appalachian Mountains, and even led the more adventurous through the treacherous trails of Mt. Whitney, CA. In addition to his wife, Lowry is survived by daughter Janet Klenkel and her husband Pete of Severna Park, MD, daughter Jeri Holland and her husband Kevin, of Burke, VA, grandchildren Samantha Klenkel, Barbara Ann Youngs and her husband Benjamin, and Stephanie and Alexander Holland, two great-grandsons, Blake and Luke Youngs, and his sisters Sherry J. Blair and Lani J. Miller. A celebration of Lowryâ€™s life will be held at 1 PM on Sept. 19, 2015 at Forest Baptist Church in Forest, VA, where he was a member. The service will be officiated by Rev. Tyler Scarlett and Dr. Gaylen Leverett. Following the service, there will be a reception in the churchâ€™s fellowship hall. Lowry would like you to consider Youth Missions of Forest Baptist Church (P.O. Box 478, Forest VA 24551) or Centra Hospice of Lynchburg (3300 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg VA 24503) in recognition of their tremendous support of him and his family, particularly from his nurse Terry Bettinger, and social worker, Kathryn Kirkpatrick.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2015