JOHNSTON CITY — James J. Miller, 77, passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Continue Care at Baptist Health in Paducah, Kentucky.
James was a mechanic and the former owner of several retail gas stations and 24-hour Towing Companies in Yorkville, until his retirement.
After retirement, James enjoyed fishing, restoring antique cars, building motorbikes, going to car shows, watching NASCAR, talking and spending time with family and friends. Most of all, he enjoyed being a Grandpa.
James was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
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James was born April 7, 1942, in Jacksonport, Arkansas to Clarence W. and Helen D. (Mayfield) Miller.
Surviving are, two daughters, Jeanette Miller of Byers, Colorado, Jamie (Kevin) Brunk of Johnston City; two sons, Mike (Linda) Miller of Memphis, Tennessee, Steve (Sue) Miller of Glendale, Arizona; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his longtime companion, Joanne Cockrum of Whittington and her family.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jason D. Miller; and his parents.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin, with the Rev. Don Wallace officiating. A time of gathering for family and friends will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the funeral home. Military rites will be accorded at 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home by the Herrin American Legion Post 645, Baker-Ladd VFW Post 1567 of Herrin, Carterville American Legion Post 347 and the Illinois National Guard Honor Detail.