Brad Howard Miller was born in Waterberry, Conn., Sept. 20, 1948, and died at his farm in Parrottsville, Tenn., July 4, 2014.
The son of Howard and Priscilla Miller, he is survived by his wife, Maryann, of 39 years; two sons, Brad William and Andrew; his daughter-in-law, Angelisa; and his granddaughter, Priscilla Joan; plus seven brothers and sisters, Barbara Teano and her husband, Ron, Pat Engala and her husband, Tom, Susan Brantley and her husband, Roy, Lynn Miller, Dusty Miller and his wife, Bonnie, Paul Miller and his wife, Pam, and Howard Miller.
He joined the Army
in 1966 and served in Vietnam 1968-1969. After his military service, he took a great interest in scuba diving, became a scuba instructor and taught scuba in Clearwater, Fla. He took the opportunity to go to work for Sport Diver Manufacturing of Miami, Fla., and traveled the Southeast as their representative. Being very successful at his job, it was not long before he was offered a job as a business consultant for the National Association of Scuba Diving Schools in California and helped members develop and implement their business plans.
In 1984 he moved from the Seminole, Fla., area to Panama City Beach, where he and his longtime friend Ron Hardy became partners and bought Gulf World Marine Park. It did not take long for Brad, Maryann and their personalities to become an integral part of the community. One of the first community tasks that the young, energetic and determined Brad Miller undertook was to chair the committee that finally brought the community together to pass the tourist development tax, better known as the bed tax. Brad has served on the Board of Directors of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce. He really enjoyed the military affairs committee activities. He strongly supported the Tourist Development Council and served many functions for them throughout the years. He constantly involved Gulf World in raising money for local charity organizations and conceived the viewer appreciation days, co-sponsored by WJHG and WMBB. Over the years, the community has had many laughs watching their staffs participating in the Dolphin Show and getting soaked, while helping many local charities raise money for their causes. Brad worked very hard to live up to Gulf World's goal and the community's expectation of Gulf World being a major family attraction for Panama City Beach.
A memorial service will be held for Brad in the First Baptist Church at the corner of Seventh Street and Harrison Avenue on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at 6 p.m. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, please send a donation to The Civil Air Patrol, 16908 Hernando Ave., Panama City Beach, FL 32413, or to the Rotary Club
(special needs project) of Panama City Beach, P.O. Box 9279, Panama City Beach, FL 32417. Programs operated by these two organizations have been very helpful to his sons over the years.