James Alva "Jim" Miller Jr.,
December 26, 1948  -  April 25, 2019

James Alva "Jim" Miller Jr.,

Vietnam Veterans

I served in the Navy.

James Alva Miller Jr., “Jim” born to James Alva Miller Sr. and Mabel Alma (Plano) Miller on December 26, 1948, in Enid, OK, completed his journey in this life on Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Perry, OK.
Jim was a lifelong resident of Perry, OK. He attended Perry High School where he starred on the high school track team, and “set a state record” for the 2 mile run with a time of 10:39:65 before graduating in 1968.

On February 4, 1969, Jim, “volunteered to serve during Vietnam” by joining the US Navy, and was assigned to the USS America (CVA66) which was one of three Kitty Hawk-class supercarriers built for the United States Navy in the 1960s. Commissioned in 1965, the USS America spent most of her career in the Atlantic and Mediterranean but did make three Pacific deployments serving in the Vietnam War. Jim’s Naval Education and Training included AFUN “P” School, Aviation Machinist’s Mate Class “A” School, AMFU Class “A” School, and Navy Training Course for Airman. During active duty, he also received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and a Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. Jim’s sportsmanship skills earned him the Captains Cup as the 1970 Diving Champ, as well as the Naval Air Station Ellyson Field Sports Award. Jim was released from active duty on March 24, 1973, and served in the Naval Reserve until February 3, 1975.

Jim proved himself to be a man of many talents during his years of employment, as a lifeguard at the Perry Public Pool, a position in management for a chain of business schools in Texas, traveling as a CNA with his son James, and serving as security for local casinos.

The comfort of his memory will be forever in the hearts of his precious family as a husband, father, grandfather and soul mate in many ways.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Anna Nichols-Miller, 2 sons James Alva Miller III, wife JaCinda, and John A. Miller, 2 daughters Christina Ridgway and husband Troy and Jessica Moore. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren Saryn and Kaysen “Pete” Miller, Jenevieve Miller, Aniston, and Linleigh Ridgway, Racin, Trinity, and Phenix Moore, 1 uncle James “Jimmy” Plano and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents James Alva Miller Sr. and Mabel Alma (Plano) Miller, 1 sister Judy Coffman, and 1 brother John Miller.
Services are entrusted to Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, Perry, OK. A private service is scheduled for immediate family.

The family of James A Miller would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude of appreciation for the support they have received through this most difficult time of loss. The family has request for donations to be made in Jim’s honor and memory to a charitable foundation for our Vietnam Veterans.


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  1. David Martin

    Our condolences to the family for your loss.

    The Millers & the Martins go back a long ways on Country Club Drive.
    He will always be Jimmy to me, just his brother will always be Johnny.
    My brother & 2 sisters grew up three houses down the street & we went to Christ Lutheran Church together.
    Us boys had many neighborhood adventures, from King of the Hill off the stack of hay for the nearby horses (Jimmy always won of course, he was bigger & faster), to no pad tackle football in the back lots, to building a 2 story treehouse in the pasture, to Jimmy's skill at naming the driver merely from the sound of the car engine several blocks away.
    My mother, Marge, thinks he was the first boy to give Mary Ann a gift, a box of chocolates, in the 5th grade.
    And I remember his swimming & diving. I recall he could go the length of the Perry pool under water, with one breath.
    And we were quite proud to have the Oklahoma High School State Champion & Record Holder of the 2 mile run on our block!
    I haven't seen Jimmy in years, but when you grow up in Perry on a street like ours, that's a bond that will never be broken.
    I'm glad to have known Jimmy Miller.

    David Martin
    Kenny, Mary Ann, Kay
    and Marge.

  2. Dee Rich
    Oklahoma City, OK

    Please accept our deepest and heartfelt condolences at this most challenging time. May the sweet memories of your dear loved one and God's Word bring you comfort in the days ahead as we eagerly await the fulfillment of His promises (Isaiah 26:19 and Psalms 37:29).

  3. Lisa Jeffrey
    Sand springs, OK

    So sorry for your loss. I never seen him without a smile on his face.

  4. Lisa Jeffrey
    Sand springs, OK

    So sorry for your loss. I never seen him without a smile on his face.

  5. Linda (Heppler) McKeown
    Stillwater, OK

    So sorry for your loss. Knew Jim in high school and keep in touch for a few years after school. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  6. Kelly Hutchsion
    Red Rock, OK

    So sorry for your loss James, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers..

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