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World War II Solider Dies

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Floyd M. Miller 93, of Austin, Texas exchanged his earthly tabernacle for a mansion not made with hands on Monday morning August 8th, 2005. Miller was the oldest {{more}} of six children born to Milton and Ida Pettit Miller on July 19, 1912 in Hallettsville, Texas.He had several careers, however most of his time was spent in agriculture and construction. He farmed cotton with his parents in East Bernard, Texas and would later farm and ranch on his own in Lavaca County, Texas. He grew the following crops: cotton, corn, milo, cucumbers, peas, peanuts, watermelons, and tomatoes. He also had Hereford cattle, hogs, chickens, and sheep. In addition to selling these products to the public, they came in handy as he and his wife Mattie fed their nine children.His influence encouraged one son to seek a career in agriculture and several of his son’s own land and livestock today. He also worked in highway construction in south and central Texas. He worked on many of the bridges and highways in that area. One of his hobbies was hunting. He had good hunting dogs, a single shot 22 rifle, and a single shot shotgun. He was a good marksman and he seldom missed. The stories after the hunt were almost as good as the hunt. He was very patriotic and passed this on to his family. After graduating from East Bernard High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942. After serving three years and six months in three different battles in the South Pacific, he returned home and joined American Legion Post 856. He served a term as commander of that post. Every Memorial Day he would go to a couple of the cemeteries and place a flag on each soldiers grave, he’d then say a few words, salute, and march to the next fallen hero’s grave. This past Friday morning he was saluted as he was buried with full military honors at the Willing Workers Cemetery in Hallettsville, Texas. The honor guard from Lackland AFB and members from the local American Legion Post were in attendance. He was certainly a member of The Greatest Generation. The flag was presented to his widow; their marriage lasted 56 years and 11 months. Mr. Miller was a Christian and family man. He was a faithful member of the Church of Christ where he served in many roles. Family was also important to him. He was blessed to enjoy his children, grandchildren, and friends on many celebrations. He is survived by his loving, supportive and dedicated wife Mattie Miller of Austin, Texas, and nine children, Floyd and wife Marilyn of Abilene, Mattie and husband Robert Dixon of Austin, Wayne and wife JoAnn of Lockhart, Joyce and husband Ricardo Cisco of Sugarland, Kenneth and wife Sally of Austin, Dennis and wife Flecia of Ft. Worth, Gary Miller, Philemon Miller, and Andrew and wife Debra all of Austin. They also have two foster children Dontae Turner of Schulenberg, and Sharika Turner of Austin. One sister Jessie and her husband, Robert Woodard of San Antonio, 21 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces & nephews also survive him.

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