CUMBERLAND, MD – James “Jim” Franklin Miller, Sr., of Cumberland passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 with family members surrounding him. Jim was born in Cumberland on May 7, 1936 and was the son of James W. and Marjorie C. Miller. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dolores Nycum and son-in-law, Brad Trenter.
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Bertha Jean Miller, daughter Kathy Dolly and husband, Jim, Ridgeley. WV, and sons, Jim Miller and wife, Lori, Frostburg, MD and Gary Miller and wife, Christine, Cumberland, MD. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Reanna Appel and husband Tommy, Heath, OH, Brandon Trenter and Kendyl, Dagsboro, DE, Tyler Miller and wife Erika, Virginia Beach, VA, Ashley Broadwater and husband Brian, Cumberland, MD, Kelsey Miller, PA and Kendra Miller, PA and his great-grandchildren that were his world, Mia Broadwater, Harper Broadwater, Caleb Appel, Sydney Appel and his soon to be born great grand-daughter, Baby Trenter. He is also survived by his sister, Charlotte Jean Abe, Cumberland, MD and by many nieces and nephews.
Jim was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He graduated from Fort Hill High School. He began his career as a pipefitter with J.W. Miller Plumbing & Heating. He then continued his career with Celanese Corp., Kelly Springfield Tire, Westvaco and retired from ATK.
Jim was active in many sporting organizations in his lifetime. He enjoyed duck pin bowling and playing set-back at the ODC. He played on several baseball and softball leagues, coached the Hot Stove League Elks team for 20 years and was proud to have coached 5 championship teams. He was also an assistant basketball coach for St. Johns Church, helped with the VFW and Cumberland Redskins football teams, and officiated high school track. In addition, Jim was a big Fort Hill Sentinels football fan and followed them to all the games until the last few years when he was not able due to health issues.
Jim was former president of F-Club, lifetime member of the Elks and Cumberland Outdoor Club.
Jim’s family would like to thank Dr. Moen, Dr. Schmitt, Hospice and everyone who took care of him and helped make his life a little easier.
Jim donated his body to science. Family will receive friends at Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, on Sunday, January 28 from 1 pm – 3 pm with a memorial service following visitation at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial donation be made in Jim’s name to either the Fort Hill F-Club, Fort Hill High School, 500 Greenway Ave, Cumberland, MD 21502, or the Cumberland Outdoor Club Youth Hunter Education Program, 31 Thomas St, Cumberland, MD 21502.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com