Jamie Miller

Jamie Miller, 60, of Madisonville TN and Ocean City MD died on Friday, June 14th 2019 surrounded by his large, loving family and dear friends. Jamie was a devoted son of the late Joan Wood Miller of Ocean City MD. He spent the happiest days of his childhood in Ocean City and loved the town as it was when he was a boy. Jamie made life-long friends there and remained in close touch with his childhood friends for the rest of his life.
The eastern shore also brought Jamie one of his other great loves, Renee Roissier of Laurel DE. They met in college and were happy together for the rest of her life. In search of adventure Renee, Jamie and their dogs set off for Alaska in 1984. They married there and founded a small business. Jamie went to work for British Petroleum in the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay. Jamie took up Weight Lifting while living in Alaska and to this day – holds State Records for Squat & Bench. The first three of their many children were born in Alaska. In the mid-1990s the family moved to Eastern Tennessee and added six more children, many horses, dogs, and a few more small businesses to their already full lives. In these happy years Jamie commuted to his job in Alaska, spent time at their Ocean City beach house, and threw himself into his children’s many sports and hobbies at Greenback School and throughout the community.
A Man who took great joy in building the family experience, Jamie supported and often found the latest addition to the growing herd of horses He and Renée acquired. Starting with the local 4-H group, and going on to compete in shows and rodeos around the state, Jamie could often be found proudly watching or assisting his wife and children in their many horse-related pursuits. His most memorable horse activities would be the summer days and long weekends spent camping and trail-riding much of the state and national parks in the area and nearby states.
Jamie took his two oldest boys Jackie and Jeremy to Greenback high school where they both excelled in sports and academics. He also took a special interest in the sport of wrestling. Jamie with the help of head coach Justin Ridge molded Greenback into the top team in the east TN area and a state contender. Jamie was considered beloved role model to all the greenback wrestling team. He would often take his own time, money, and big 12-passenger van to wrestling tournaments across the state. Jamie bought countless meals for all the highs school wrestlers, and even let some live in his house for a summer if needed. Jamie continued the role of biggest fan and supporter for all of his children’s sports and activities; including music, dance, basketball, and more.
In 2009 their lives were shattered by the tragic murder of his adored wife, Renee. Jamie never returned to his job in Alaska but with the help of his family and many friends he made it through those dark days for the sake of his children. He reconnected with a high school girlfriend, Penny O’linger. Over the next few years she became his partner in life and business, They founded Anchor Transportation a freight brokerage. Together they worked this business and the job of rearing his children.
Jamie is remembered as a loyal and devoted friend to many. He never stopped rooting for the underdog and was quick to help others. He was generous to all. He had a huge heart and enormous appetite for politics, sports, and history. He used his long commutes and late nights to read voraciously.
With tremendous courage and strength he faced his devastating diagnosis of aggressive cancer. Although he tried many things and hoped for the best, he spent much of his remaining time organizing his affairs, leaving positive memories, and issuing clear guidance for his children. Even when he was in excruciating pain, he continued to plan for their future.
Jamie was enormously proud of his children and wanted the very best for each one of them. He is survived by Joannie (of Anchorage, AK), Officer Jackie Miller (currently Asheville NC), Jeremy, Jesse, Jason, Joey, Jerry, and Jax of Madisonville, and Janna of Salisbury MD; his dear partner and friend, Penny O’Linger of Ocean City MD; an aunt that he considered more of a sister, Susie Erickson of Gettysburg PA, his four little sisters: Jeanne Gaetano of Salisbury MD, Cathie Fagerstrom of Arlington VA, Terry Miller of Ocean City MD and Kristi Miller of Chicago IL, two aunts, an uncle, many cousins, nieces and nephews,a large extended family, the SDHS class of 1977, his Salisbury University wrestling friends and many others who grieve his loss. Services1 11 am Thursday 6/20 , Spingview Baptist 4220 US Highway 411 S Maryville TN . There will be a celebration of life in Ocean City MD at a later date.

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