Birth Date: 01/23/1927
Deceased Date: 05/03/2017
Dr. Grover Cleveland Miller, Jr., 90, of Smithfield passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at SECU Hospice House following a brief illness.
Dr. Miller was born on January 23, 1927 in Jackson, Kentucky, son of Grover Miller, Sr. and Hattie McQuinn Miller. He was preceded in death by both parents and four sisters.
Surviving are his children: Cindy Leslie and husband, Bill; Mark Miller and wife, Moni; Melissa Jensen and husband, Niels; Matthew Miller and wife, Susan; and seven grandchildren: Lauren Wolf (Luke), Will Leslie (Jessica), Nicole Howell (Ryne), Kyra Miller, Tyler Miller, Tenille Torres (Nelson), Devon Jensen; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his loving wife, Judy Coley Miller, whom he called his “alter ego”, his life partner and soulmate.
Dr. Miller, a Professor of Zoology, retired from North Carolina State University in 1993 after 37 years of service. He taught over 15,000 students, both graduate and undergraduate. He published numerous articles in the field of Wildlife Parasitology.
Dr. Miller is a WWII veteran of the US Army, and was a Life Member in the American Legion. He served as a Past Commander, Chaplain, and Adjutant in Post 132 in Smithfield. He was also a member of La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit
Grover was an ordained Deacon and Elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Smithfield. Being an avid genealogy researcher, he also volunteered at the Heritage Library in Smithfield for many years.
The family will receive friends from 3 until 4PM on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Smithfield, followed by a memorial service at 4 PM. The family has requested no flowers; however, memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, PO Box 1159, Smithfield, NC 27577, or to the Grover C. Miller Zoology Scholarship Endowment, NCSU College of Sciences, Campus Box 8201, 4216 Broughton Hall, Raleigh, NC 27695.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.underwoodfh.com.