David Lloyd Miller

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David Lloyd Miller of Pelham, Ala., and formerly of Brownstown and Vandalia, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Sept. 15, 2014, following a lengthy illness.
Services were held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Community Baptist Church in Maylene, Ala., with the Rev. James C. "Bo" Brown officiating. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. at the church. Memorials: Ministry of Community Baptist Church, P.O. Box 159, Maylene, Ala. 35114.
Mr. Miller faithfully served as associate pastor and minister of worship of the Community Baptist Church in Maylene, Ala. from October 2002 until his death.
Mr. Miller was a native of Brownstown, where he grew up as an outstanding student and star basketball player for his Brownstown High School Bombers, holding the all-time career scoring record from his senior year, 1965-66, until 1990 and being selected to a number of all-star teams. He also played on the BHS baseball and track teams. Indicative of his many interests, Miller was the co-editor of the Bomber yearbook, vice president of his senior class and elected "Most Talented" by his classmates.
He attended Walker Junior College in Jasper, Ala., on a basketball scholarship and transferred to Samford University to play for the Bulldogs. While at Samford, Miller developed his interests in journalism, art and music in addition to being an honor student. Following his graduation with a bachelor's degree in history, English and pre-law in 1970, Miller attended the University of Alabama School of Law, earning his juris doctorate in 1977.
From 1977-78, he served as assistant district attorney for the Sixth Judicial District of Alabama in Tuscaloosa before returning to his hometown to practice law in Vandalia, from 1979-99.
Mr. Miller was a member of the First Baptist Church of Vandalia, where he was a choir member and served as interim minister of music as needed. For many years, Mr. Miller, daughter Sara Leah and friends produced an annual musical event, "Christmas Presents," a fundraiser for "Toys for Tots." He was an active contributing member of the Vandalia Historical Society.
Mr. Miller was a true Renaissance Man. During his lifetime, he actively enjoyed his many skills and talents: from his dad, he inherited skills as a carpenter and a love of music; from his mother, he became an avid reader and prolific writer; and he developed creative skills as a photographer, painter, sketch artist, cartoonist and caricaturist. He was a teenage fan and collector of popular music, and, after marrying Rita, who grew up in Hawaii, became a lover of Hawaiian music and loved his "Aloha" attire. From his background in his hometown churches, Miller developed a love for and skill in religious music, to which he dedicated his life for the last 12 years in Christian ministry.
His journalistic interests, begun in high school and continued at Samford as a staff member and editorial cartoonist for "The Crimson," provided Miller with the experience to serve as editor of The Moundville Times in Moundville, Ala., from 2010-13.
An avid sports fan, "Big Dave" was a lifetime fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, attending the 1982 and 1985 World Series games, particularly Game 7 of 1985 championship season. Community Baptist Church honored him on his 10th anniversary with a special Cardinals spring rraining trip to Jupiter, Fla.
Miller's Tuscaloosa days afforded him the opportunity to work as a sportscaster for WCFT-TV for several years, the highlights being weekly interviews with the immortal Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and occasional spots with the likes of C.M. Newton and legendary Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp, and many pictures of which Miller has proudly displayed in his collection of Bama memorabilia. Even while hospitalized for the last two months, Miller asked for telecasts of his Cardinals and Crimson Tide games.
He is survived by his wife, Laurita Mullins Miller of Pelham; son, David "Dutch" Miller Jr. of Pelham; daughter, Sara Leah Miller of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother-in-law, David Mullins and his wife Jacque of Johnson City, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Leanne Mullins Sharp and her husband Michael of New Orleans, La.; nieces, Julie Mullins Stauss, Brooke Mullins Bowers, Bethany Sharp Edmond and Brittany Sharp Barber; and nephew Brandon Sharp and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Miller of Brownstown; paternal grandparents, George and Daphne Miller; maternal grandmother, Mary Fisher; and special "adopted grandmother," Mary Leah "Mayme" Griffith.

Published in The Leader-Union from Sept. 16 to Sept. 24, 2014