LONGVIEW, TEXAS - Roy Duane Miller, age 93 of Longview, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 surrounded by family in his home. He was born on August 29, 1927 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to the late Stanley and Evelyn Stanton Miller. At the age of 15, Roy dropped out of high school to join the military...though he wasn't legally old enough at the time. When the military found out his age, they told him he had to wait until he turned 16 and have his parent's approval before continuing his service. So as soon as he was legally able, he joined the military and faithfully served our country for 8 1/2 years. Roy served in the United States Merchant Marines, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard during World War 2 and The Korean War. He was proud to have fought for his country and always said he would do it again if he had the chance. On January 23, 1953 Roy married the love of his life, Rita Joyce Gober and together they raised a beautiful family. He was a man of God, a devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church in Longview and loved being in church every chance he got. Roy loved to make up silly songs and always kept everyone laughing. He enjoyed listening and dancing to "Boogie Woogie" music, bowling, going to flea markets, and spending time with family. He lived life to the fullest and will always be remembered as kind, loving, supportive, funny, and generous to all those he knew and loved.
He is survived by his daughters, Mina McCollum and husband Randy of Longview, Patricia Brooks and husband Michael Ray of Grand Bay, Al., Teresa Rogers of Grand Bay, Al., nine grandchildren, Heather Gonzalez, Christopher Phillips, Misty Green, Shauna Lipford, Roy Phillips, Brandi Carter, Alecia Lipford, Matthew Snyder, and Amanda Lopez; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Rita Miller; parents; brother, Donald Skinner; and sister, Mary Jean Hutchinson; and great grandson, Cameron Phillips.
Services are under the direction of Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater. Graveside services were held on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at the New White Oak Cemetery in White Oak, Texas with Bro. Donnie Barron officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to: Calvary Baptist Church Recovery Fund 4715 Tenneryville Rd., Longview, Texas 75604
Published by Odessa American on Jul. 24, 2021.