Barbara Jean Koonts Miller, 83, went home today, April 9th, 2021 to be with her Lord and Savior as well as her best friend and husband, Robert Palmer Miller, Jr. who preceded her in death.
Barbara was born November 24, 1937 in Lexington, NC to Raymond Cleo Koonts and Grace Lewis Koonts.
Barbara was an avid bowler and won many awards and trophies over the years. She bowled up into her 80s and taught all her children and grandchildren to bowl. She enjoyed tending her yard and flowers into her 80s as well. When her daughters were young, she was active in the Girls Scouts serving as a Girl Scout leader. When her grandchildren were young, she was an avid gamer particularly at Nintendo and many of them followed suit. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School when her children were young and later served on the Worship Committee serving Communion. She ran a nursery school for a few years near her home. She was a Dale Earnhardt fan and followed Nascar for years. She had a mild obsession with TY Beanie Babies and Hallmark Ornaments. One oddity for sure was her love of water skiing though she could not swim. She was also a big fan of dessert and ice cream.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Nancy Koonts Cope and Wanda Donaree “Donnie” Koonts Hedrick, one granddaughter, Dedra Jo Clark, one great-granddaughter, Lillie May Price and a nephew, Clyde Kenneth “Kenny” Hedrick, Jr.
Left to cherish her memory are her sister Carolyn Everhart of Peoria, IL. Her four children, Eddie Yates (Belinda), Susan Wright (Robert), Tina Yates and Phyllis Sheehan (Bob, her dessert buddy), all of Lexington.
Grandchildren: Sam Yates (Karen), Allyson Clark, Emily Everhart, Amber Price, Wesley Grimsley (Courtney), Ashley Cobb, Christopher Cobb, Philip Jones, and Grace Sheehan.
Great Grandchildren: Parker Yates, Penny Yates, Milo Yates, Maddie Kennedy, Avery Kennedy, Zoie Hamer, Zimya Ashe, Jordan Ashe, Kameron Cleveland, Lyric Cleveland, Leona Ridges, JaeLa Ridges, Darius Price, Luna Cobb and many nieces and nephews.
In fulfillment of her wishes, her body has been donated to the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Her cremains will be interred with her late husband at the Salisbury National Cemetery upon their return. Our hope is to hold a small private family memorial at that time.
We request that everyone that knew her enjoy a favorite dessert or plant a flower in celebration of her life. Monetary donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 902 South Main Street, Lexington, NC 27292.Read More