Leon Miller of Tampa, Fla., passed away Dec. 28, 2016. Miller was a true Floridian, born April 10, 1929, in Ocala, to the late Emmanuel Miller and Julia Miller Tillman. Leon attended and graduated from Marion County Schools. As with his dedication to Florida, Leon was the consummate salesman, selling everything from insurance to appliances over his 42 years career in sales. He was employed by Central Life Insurance Company, Sears and retired from Montgomery Wards. Leon was committed to providing excellent care and friendly service to his customers for decades. After retirement, Leon fulfilled his passion for cooking, and started his catering business, Miller's Catering. His specialties included smoked turkeys, ribs, creamy mac and cheese, the best baked beans and his famous punch. His love of great food and his love of serving people was the perfect match. "Service" ran through his veins and his life was an example of his commitment to serving Christ. From an early age, Leon was baptized under Rev. C.H. Rhodes and served as a deacon under Rev. Masters Ford at St. Paul Baptist Church in the Mount Olive Community. In 1968, Leon moved to Tampa and quickly united with St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late-Rev. F.G. Hilton. He was not just active, but a dedicated servant at St. John, serving as a chairman of the deacon board, president of the male chorus and head of the kitchen committee. In his life, Leon touched the lives of so many people, helping others to see the light of Christ with a warm sweet smile and helpful spirit He was preceded in death by his father, Emmanuel Miller; mother, Julia Miller Tillman and stepfather, Sugar Tillman. He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Annie Miller of Tampa; two sons, Leon Miller Jr. (Joyce) of Orlando and Nathaniel Leon Miller of Tampa; four daughters, Hazel Lewis (Alan) of Clearwater; Rose Miller Thomas (Rev. Leroy) of Dunnellon; Julia "Faye" Miller Vickers of Daytona Beach; and Wanda Miller Evans (Wendel) of Charlotte, N.C.; nine grandchildren, Leon Miller III, Andy Lewis (Renae), Alan Lewis (Shante), Alana Lewis, Trelawney Wise, Sarah Beasley (Demara!), Leah Williams (Anthony), Charles Bad ie and William "Carson" Evans; 15 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law , Alfonso Richard (Esther) of Ocala; God sons, LaDarius Hudson and Tony Carleston; God daughter, Shirley Faison; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, as well as his beloved, St. John Church family. A celebration of life was Saturday, Jan. 7, at at St. John Progressive M.B. Church, with interment at Garden of Memories Cemetery.
... Show More