Jackson Newbill Miller(1936 - 2013)

Jackson Newbill Miller, born January 9, 1936, left this world on January 26, 2013. He was the 2nd son of the late David Darius and Etta Brooke Newbill Miller, preceded in death by his brother, David Darius Miller, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Beard Miller and children: Jackson N. Miller Jr, Wm. Hodgkin and Karolyn Miller and Dr. D. Brooke and Ann Miller. He was the proud grandfather of nine: Jack III, David, Ginna, Amanda, Will, Maggie, Ella, Conner and Henry.

Newbill was a life-long resident of Rappahannock County. He graduated from Washington High School in 1953 and Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1957. He went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Sweinfurt, Germany. He left the army as 1st Lieutenant but served in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring at the rank of Captain.

Because of his love of Rappahannock, Newbill entered public service at an early age. He was appointed to the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors and served as its youngest Chairman at the age of 28. He also served on the county Planning Commission, School Board, Washington Town Council and was twice elected mayor of the town of Washington. His leadership, with that of his peers, can be credited for his foresight in zoning that has helped to maintain the rural beauty Rappahannock County.

Newbill was an avid foxhunter, raising and running his own pack of hounds as a teenager and riding with the Rappahannock Hunt for many years. He loved cattle and, with his father, began Ginger Hill Angus in 1959. With a keen eye and a passion for perfecting the breed, his reputation grew throughout the state and across the nation.

Jackson Newbill Miller was an incredible husband, father, grandfather, friend, veteran, foxhunter, cattle breeder, mentor, politician, and protector of Rappahannock County. To quote one of his good fox hunting buddies, Mike Marsh, he was "A Great American"!

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, VA on Saturday, February 2, at 1 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following the service at 97 Main Street, the home of Newbill and Carol Miller.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Newbill's honor to the Sports Legacy Institute and Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, P.O. Box 181225, Boston MA 02118.

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Jan. 28 to Jan. 29, 2013