Odell C. Miller
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Odell C. Miller, of Morgantown, West Virginia passed away from natural causes on January 13, 2021 at the age of 91.

Miller grew up in Shenandoah County, Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He graduated from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky at the age of 20. He later obtained a master's degree in agronomy from The Ohio State University. He also completed additional graduate courses at Oklahoma State University.

Miller spent much of his career teaching vocational agriculture at the high school level and advising the Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters at those schools. He taught in Winchester, Virginia, where he met his wife; at Northwestern High School in Raymond, Ohio; and then at Marysville High School in Marysville, Ohio. Later in his career, he taught agriculture education students at The Ohio State University, from which he retired. After their respective retirements, he and his wife moved to her hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia. A variety of Mr. Miller's students earned the American Farmer degree, one of the highest honors in the FFA. He was elected president of the FFA Alumni, and he also was elected as a national vice president of the National Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association (NVATA).

Mr. Miller was an avid woodworker, and he gave many wooden pieces to his family, friends and colleagues. When living in Ohio, he was an active member of the Raymond United Methodist Church. After moving to West Virginia, he was an active member of the Spruce Street United Methodist Church in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was a long-time member of the Methodist Men organization there. In Ohio, he was also a member of the local Kiwanis Club, while in Morgantown he was a member of the local Lions Club.

His wife, Mary Margaret Hastings Miller, died in March of 2017. Miller is survived by his son, Mark C. Miller, of Worcester, Massachusetts and his son, Lynn H. Miller, of Ft. Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Wendi Miller, and his grandchildren, Aubrie, Hope, Virginia, and Melody Miller, all of Ft. Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his brother, Kyle L. Miller, of Stanley, Virginia.

Cremation services were performed by the Hastings Funeral Home/Omega Crematory in Morgantown, WV. A memorial service will be scheduled at some point in the future. Donations in his honor may be made to the Spruce Street United Methodist Church, 386 Spruce Street, Morgantown, WV 26505.

Send condolences online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Jan. 16, 2021.
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February 3, 2021
I just today learned of Odell's death. He was a great teacher. He will be missed. I student taught under Odell and then followed him at Marysville when he moved on. I was also privileged to have his son Lynn as one of my students at Marysville.
Rick Crawford
January 22, 2021
Odell was a very close friend for the past 45 years. He was an outstanding teacher of agriculture and FFA Advisor at Marysville High School in Marysville, Ohio. He was National FFA Alumni President 1978-79 and served several years on the board. I will remember Odell as a leader, a doer and one always serving. Odell was very involved in creating the annual National FFA Alumni Auction that raised thousands of dollars each year to support FFA members in all 50 states. I started teaching agriculture in Madison County, Kentucky and Odell had graduated from Berea College also located in Madison County. We enjoyed wonderful conversations over the years about our ties in Madison County Kentucky.
Woody Cox
January 22, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will miss you always. There should be enough FFA Alumi members in heaven that you can organize an alumni affiliate! You touched a lot of lives.
Kim Wells
January 20, 2021
Odell Miller had high standards for his ag ed/FFA program, and cared for his students. He offered good advice to state FFA officers when they visited his program, and when he was at FFA camp. He looked for the positive, and was a leader of Ohio's teachers. My sympathy to his family.
Robin C. Hovis
January 17, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Odell was a wonderful example of an agriculture educator for FFA 'ers and Young Farmers. He was a good and faithful servant. He will be missed.
John & Ruth Davis
January 16, 2021
Odell was a teacher of teachers! I was a student at OSU in the late 70's and we have traded Christmas cards since. A true honorable man who will be missed.
Larry D Seibel
January 16, 2021
January 15, 2021
Odell, was a beautiful person. I was honored to be able to know him & help care for him ... Rest In Peace my friend... you are so loved & dearly missed ... Charlotte McGalla
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