James Lee Miller, 71, of Shelbyville, Illinois, died unexpectedly on Friday, October 17, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Kay (Freemon) Miller of Shelbyville;son, Michael Andrew Miller, and favorite daughter –in-law Loretta (Williams) Miller of Shelbyville; son, Jeffrey William Miller of Shelbyville; daughter Jennifer (Miller) Jones and son-in-law Jonathan Jones of Athens;brother Donald Miller (wife Shirlee) of Woodland, Washington; sister Ruby (Miller) Nohren of Shelbyville; sister-in-law Martha Miller of Lakewood.He had eight grandchildren:Kelcie Miller, Mariah (Wagner) Cummins, Nicole Miller, Amber Blakeman, Cassidy Jones, Gabriel Jones, Megan Garcia, and James Jones.He had one great grandchild, Evelyn Mae Thomas. He is also survived by many nephews, nieces, cousins, and in-laws.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Goldie Miller, of Lakewood; brother Edward Miller of Lakewood; sister Judith (Miller) Denton of Windsor.
He was born on February 15, 1943 on Williamsburg Hill to Melvin and Goldie (Smith) Miller of Lakewood.He had two brothers and two sisters.
He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1961. He was an active member of Laborers Local # 1262 in Shelbyville for over 45 years, serving several terms as President. During that time, he took the position of Construction Superintendent with G.W. Prosser Construction where he worked for over 30 years before retiring.
He married Sandra Kay Freemon on April 19, 1963 and they were married for 51 years.They owned Miller’s Bait and Tackle in Shelbyville for several years.They were blessed with three children; Michael, Jeffrey, and Jennifer.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Shelbyville.He served two years as President of the Methodist Men.
He was active in Masonry and Shrine.He was Past Master twice of Jackson Lodge # 53 in Shelbyville, a Past President of the Shelby County Shrine Club, and was a member of The Royal Order of Jesters Court # 20 in Springfield.
He enjoyed many activities:golfing, fishing, bowling, hunting, just to name a few.He was a deeply devoted family man spending much time coaching his kids in Little League, supervising his children in their 4 – H projects, and organizing many camping and boating trips.
His family and friends will always remember his great sense of humor, his work ethic,and his devotion to family.He had a special place in his heart for “Mom,” (Thelma Freemon), and “Aunt,” (Mildred French).
A visitation will be held to honor his life at Lockart-Green Funeral home in Shelbyville, Illinois on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 4 – 8 p.m.Masonic services to follow.The family requests that all who knew him dress casually, including their favorite Cardinal’s attire. The funeral will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10 a.m.Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery.The family requests that in lieu of flowers,donations be made in his honor to St. Jude’s, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, and the American Cancer Society