Rev. James Hanley Miller, 88 of Danville, went to Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at the Danville VA Illiana Medical Center. Per his wishes he will be cremated, and graveside burial along with military honors by American Legion Post 210 will be on Monday, February 21st at 1pm at Atherton Cemetery on Perrysville Road.
Jim was born on September 14, 1933 to Hanley and Laura (Hegley) Miller, and was raised by his grandmother Emma D. Miller. He spent his childhood in Danville, attending Danville schools and enlisting in the US Navy in December of 1955. He served on the USS Champlain for two years. Upon returning from the military Jim sold Jewel Tea, later going on to work at Berkley Davis as a machine operator for many years. During this time he also pastored at Chapel by the Highway until 2012, in which he ended weekly services but never truly retired. Jim was a clockmaker. He enjoyed hand making Grandfather clocks, collecting watches, and woodworking.
Jim married Barbara Gillespie in November of 1955 shortly before entering into the US Navy, and four children from this marriage survive. Barbara passed away June 5, 2016. He later married Connie Spears January of 1980, and a daughter was adopted by the couple, who also survives. Connie passed away in February of 2011. Surviving are Jim’s children: Connie (David) Miller-Green, James Paul Miller, Esther Johnson, Sarah Smith (Monte Campbell), Angela (Jason) Zarn; eighteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. One sister Martha Penrod and her three children also survive, as well as some half-siblings he lost track of over the years. He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandmother Emma who raised him, both of his wives, and a grandson J.R. Nevels.
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