Bill Miller

Published 1:33 pm Thursday, December 12, 2019

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Bill Miller, longtime Tryon Attorney died Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the Smith-Thayer Hospice House in Landrum.  Miller moved to Tryon in 1965 joining the law practice of McFarland and Lavender. He later began his own practice and continued that practice until his retirement several years ago. During his time in Tryon he served the community in a variety of roles from Little League Coach, Tryon Fire Department, School Board Attorney, St. Luke’s Hospital Board member, along with service to other civic organizations.


Miller was born July 2, 1935 to the late William James Miller and Ollie Abrams Miller of Rutherfordton, NC.  Bill graduated from RS Central High School in 1953 and later joined the US Army, serving in Korea. Upon completing his service, he entered the University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he graduated in 1961. After graduation, Miller began working for the Civil Service in Alabama. He later returned to UNC-Chapel Hill to attend law school where he graduated in 1965 and moved to Tryon.

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In addition to his parents and sister, he was preceded in death by his spouse Sheila Lyles Miller. Miller is survived by three children; Bill (Valerie) Miller of Tryon, Jeff (Else) Miller of Tryon and Sherrie (Al) Simpson of Lancaster, SC.  His six grandchildren are Elizabeth Simpson, Rebecca (Trevor) Hammond, Evan Simpson, Emily (Justin) Raines and Alex Miller.


Per his request, no services are planned. Memorials may be made to Thermal Belt Outreach, 134 White Drive, Columbus, NC 28722.

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