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Dr. Jake Charles Miller, an educator and author, died on January 5, 2013, at Signature Healthcare in Ormond Beach, Florida. He was 83. Dr. Miller was born in Hobe Sound, Florida and, as a youth, joined New Mount Zion Baptist Church. He graduated from Stuart Training School, Stuart, Florida; received his BS from Bethune-Cookman College; MA from the University of Illinois and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he began his teaching career at Stuart Training School. In later years, he was a faculty member at Bethune-Cookman for 22 years and Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee for nine years. His lifelong interest in international affairs is reflected in his travel, teaching and writing. He directed summer study programs to West Africa and the Caribbean; and conducted research in West Africa, Ethiopia and Haiti. He authored three scholarly books and published numerous articles and papers. Through his writings and public speeches he argued the causes of the hungry, the homeless and refugees. His honors included the Ja Flo Davis Faculty Member of the Year Award at Bethune-Cookman, Faculty Excellence in Research Award, United Negro College Fund Distinguished Fellow and the Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Award. He was a member of Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church, Daytona Beach, and among other roles, served as chairman of the Ministry of Growth and Enrichment. He was also an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and was a life-member of the NAACP. He was married to the late Nellie Carrol Miller for 53 years. He was predeceased by his youngest son, Warren. He is survived by two sons: Charles L Miller, Jacksonville, FL and Wayne C. Miller, Rockledge, FL; one brother: Douglas A. Miller, Hobe Sound, FL; and a host of other relatives, friends and former students. Funeral Service will be held Sat., Jan. 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church, Daytona Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jake C. Miller Scholarship Fund c/o Office of Institutional Advancement, Bethune Cookman University.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 11, 2013