James Arthur (Jim) Miller, 70, of Lake Placid, passed away Nov. 14, 2012.
He was born March 23, 1942, in Norfolk, Va., to pioneers Clarence E. and E. Louise Keen Miller Whatley, both of whom predeceased him. Mr. Miller attended Sebring school through the ninth grade before transferring to Lake Placid High School, graduating in 1960. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, obtaining the highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He retired in 1982 after serving 22 years. His foreign duty stations include France, Germany, Thailand and the Philippines. He was then employed by General Electric Aircraft Engines as a field representative for 21 years, serving as a technical adviser on GE Propulsion systems, retiring in 2004. He graduated from Embry-Riddle University with a Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics degree. He often said he was privileged to have had two fathers, his parental father and his step-father James (Ed) Edwin Whatley, who raised him.
Mr. Miller is survived by his wife of 40 years, Margaret (Maggie) Miller; four sisters; Margaret Miller Tope (Joe) Hatch, Nancy Whatley (Ronnie) Keel, Sandra Whatley (Frank) Burke and Karen Whatley (Jessie) Jones; seven nieces, six nephews; 10 grand nieces, 11 grand nephews and three great grand nephews; and James Dennis (JD) who preceded him in death.
A 35-year Master Mason of the Placid Lodge #282, he was a member of the York Rite EL Monte Commandery No. 2 and a member of the EL Kalah Shrine Temple and the Highlands County Shrine Club, American Legion Post #25. He was a member of the Venus United Methodist Church.
As per his wishes no memorial service will be held. A small graveside service at Oak Hill Cemetery for family will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Michael A. Brochetti Funeral Home, Lake Placid.