MILLER, James Leroy, 80, Lutz, passed away Feb. 21, 2013. James was born March 5, 1932 in Green Castle, Ind. to the late Floyd R. and Martha (Haverkamp) Miller. He served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and moved to Hillsborough Cnty in 1958. He owned and operated several service stations in Hillsborough County until 1982 when he started an automotive equipment lift service. He was a former lobbyist, State & National Gasoline Retailers where he was former State president. Life member of the Lions Club, and was a member of numerous civil and political organizations, and was a well known civic activist in Hillsborough County. He was predeceased by a brother Bill and is survived by his loving wife Mary Jo (Thralls); son, James L. Jr., both of Lutz; daughter, Judy (Kalin) Hall of Sarasota; brother, Tom (Marsha) of Green Castle, Ind.; sister, JoAnne McFarland of Indianapolis, Ind.; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sat. March 2, 2013 at the Van Dyke United Methodist Church, Lutz. Memorials may be made to USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC70, Tampa, FL 33612. Att: Holly Lisle. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in TBO.com on Feb. 27, 2013