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James Alfred Miller Jr.

  • "My brother Jim has been gone 3 years, and it seems like..."
    - Anne Russell
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    - Patricia Moore
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    - Carolyn Robertson
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    - Nan Ritchie


James Alfred Miller Jr. of 4970 North Hampton Drive, Southport NC, died suddenly Saturday, March 17, 2012, at his home. He was the son of James Alfred Miller and Leila Wootten Miller. His sister, Dr. Anne Russell, lives in Wilmington.

Retired from USAirways, Jim had worked as a journalist/photographer in the US Navy and for the Wilmington Star-News and Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. He was a genealogist and historian, with a paralegal degree and a degree in aviation. An alumnus of Fishburne Military Academy, he had lived in New Jersey, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Morehead City, and Raleigh. Jim was active in the Robert Ruark Society of Southport, and was a private aircraft pilot. His great-grandfather, the Rev. Edward Wootten, had served the Episcopal Church in Wilmington and Southport.

Jim leaves his wife Deborah Arnold Potter Miller and stepdaughter Olivia Jade Potter and her children Ryan and Averie; four nieces, Elizabeth Twiggs Jackson of Canada, Mary Catherine Twiggs of Tiburon CA, Jennifer Twiggs of Charlotte, and Leila Garriss of Wilmington; twelve great-nieces and nephews; aunt Mary Wootten of Wilmington and uncle Edward Wootten of Virginia; cousins Dr. Hugh Murray of Atlanta, Bradley Wootten of Manassas VA, Laura Yaeger of Charlotte, Diane Halpin of Great Falls VA, Laura Wolfe of Birmingham, Janet Bunge of Lexington KY, Susan Zimmerman of Pennsylvania; and Jim's favorite dog Chum.

Burial after cremation will be in the Bradley-Jewett-Wootten plot in Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, with get-together afterwards at the home of Anne Russell at 602 Bradley Creek Point. The date of graveside service will soon be announced by Andrews Mortuary of Wilmington.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2012
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