MILLER C. EARLE MILLER Of Lost River, WV, passed away unexpectedly in Auburn, IN, on August 26, 2018. He was 72. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Earle was the youngest of four sons of Robert Elwood Miller and Evelyn Helen Louise Wentz Miller. He served six years in the U.S. Navy, spending all of his enlistment after basic training aboard the USS Waddell, a guided missile destroyer. His naval service took him to ports near and far, including San Diego, CA, Vietnam and Yoshukai, Japan. After leaving the Navy he purchased his first new car, a 1970 AMC Javelin SST, a vehicle whose twin made a surprise appearance later in life. He worked first as an inventory clerk and then as an insurance underwriter in Washington, DC. He left the insurance business and sold his Javelin in order to study at The Corcoran School of Art in 1975. He received his BFA degree in 1979. In 1974 he met John Cinelli; in March, 1978 they partnered up and were Still Together at the time of Earle's death. They lived in Arlington, VA, Alexandria, VA, and Washington, DC, before moving to WV full-time in 1984. They shared a love of life, of art in all its forms and of family and friends across the country. Earle was an avid photographer, using that medium as a lasting way of capturing and sharing his interests and passions to best advantage. Also a fine artist, he created an evocative body of work in oils, watercolors and lithography. In 1978 Earle started Design Studio 606, a firm that created logos, annual reports, stationery and related materials for business and non-profit organizations, including the Gay Rights National Lobby, Whitman-Walker Clinic, Human Rights Campaign Fund and the Right to Privacy Foundation. This soon expanded to include promotional products and other branded advertising specialty items. The move to WV created a need for greater visibility for his firm. So Earle contacted Zippo Manufacturing Company, who produced a well-known Made-in-USA product. His efforts coincided with the company's need to improve its sales record in WV around that time. They subsequently presented Earle with an opportunity to add Zippo's wholesale line to The Studio's offerings in 1995. In 2007 the promotional product division was closed enabling the company to focus solely on servicing wholesale accounts. A character in the most enthusiastic sense of the word, Earle loved nothing better than decking himself out in embellished and decorated hats of all kinds, complete with complimentary haberdashery. His appearances in Bradford, PA and Watkins Glen, NY wearing his series of signature "Zippo" hats were amusing, engaging and legendary. In 2011, as a somewhat surprise birthday gift, Earle received a 1970 AMC Javelin SST, identical in every respect to the one he had bought in 1970. This led to a burgeoning interest in classic and collector cars, the foundation of which became the restoration to showroom-condition of the Javelin, aka Jarvis. In 2017 and 2018, Jarvis received his 1st Junior, 1st Senior and 1st Place Grand National awards from the Antique Automobile Club of America, achievements and recognition which gave Earle immense pleasure and satisfaction. Earle is survived by his partner of more than 40 years, John Cinelli; two brothers, Robert Elwood Miller, Jr., also of Lost River, WV, and Eugene Townsend Miller (Vicky) of Long Beach, CA. A third brother, John Isaac Miller of Myrtle Beach, SC pre-deceased him. Surviving nieces and nephews include Cheryl Ann Miller of Long Beach, CA; Eugene Townsend Miller, Jr. (Letty) of Fullerton, CA; Mary Margaret Miller of Waldorf, MD; Chrissy Miller Killallay (Chris) of Welcome, MD; and Becky Miller Lee (Bruce) of North Miami, FL. Arrangements for a celebration of Earle's life are pending. Memorial donations may be sent to the AACA Library, 501 W. Governor Road, Hershey, PA 17033.Arrangements for a celebration of Earle's life are pending. Memorial donations may be sent to the AACA Library, 501 W. Governor Road, Hershey, PA 17033.

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 7, 2018