Wayne Lancaster Miller

September 7, 1944 ~ April 11, 2008

Wayne Lancaster Miller, age 63, Gray, TN, went to be with our Lord, Friday, April 11, 2008, at his residence. Wayne was born in Radford, Virginia, but lived most of his life in Johnson City. He was a son of the late Hunter Lancaster "Bub"? and Mary Louise Morris Miller. Wayne was a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War "" leaving service as a 1st Lieutenant and recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. He then worked as a Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, Sequoyah Council. Wayne was General Manager of Sherwood Chevrolet for more than twenty years, and later served as an Associate Athletic Director for ETSU. He was recently instrumental in the re-establishment of the FCA chapter at ETSU. Wayne was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church, Johnson City. Survivors include: his wife, Mary Margaret Hatmaker Miller; two daughters, Leigh Wayne Miller, South Lake Tahoe, CA, and Shannon Ashley Puckett, Jonesborough; son-in-law, Michael Thomas Puckett, Jonesborough; brother, Stephen Hunter Miller, Johnson City; sister, Mary Diane Cloud, Roswell, GA; grandson, Cody Reece Puckett, Jonesborough; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Leigh Puckett, Jonesborough; three nephews, Stephen Wesley Miller, Tampa, FL, and Todd Anthony Cloud and Eric Christopher Cloud, both of Atlanta, GA; and one niece Lindsay Elizabeth Cloud-Owens, Tucker ,GA.

Memories Timeline


  1. Anonymous says:

    After giving Wayne a hug the last time that I saw him and telling him how good he looked, he said that it was a darn shame that he had to get a brain tumor to hear such things from “the girls”. What a spirit! A race well run! A good man. My heart is with you. I regret that I won’t be able to be with you Monday night but know that I am thinking of you. You will be in very good hands. Harriet

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Dear Miller Family, I am very sorry for your loss. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Vicki A. Sikora

  4. Anonymous says:

    I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Wayne. I will remember him fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you prepare for the next few days and the months to come as you make adjustments. May you receive comfort and love from family and friends as well as the memories that you have shared over the years. Kelly Martin Davis Fort Leavenworth, KS

  5. Anonymous says:

    Leigh Wayne and all of the Miller family — My mother told me of Wayne’s passing, and I was very sorry to hear about your loss. He was such a bright, warm person. I’ll always remember saying “hi” to your family at church, with him often calling me “Nickel”. I was glad to meet him, and grow up around your family. Again, I am sorry for your loss and will be thinking about you. Love — Nicole Sikora Heschong, Charlotte, NC

  6. Anonymous says:

    Mary All my prayers and love. I know it’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other. Love Susan Pace

  7. Anonymous says:

    Mary Margaret, I am so sad to be sending you this note is was my hope and prayer that Wayne would respond to treatment and be cured. So very sad that this did not occur. You ask for memories and mine is of his wonderful smile and the twinkle in his eyes to everyone he met that made them feel so very special.Hope that the sadness you are now feeling will soon be replaced by many happy memories. Sincerely Joyce Treadway.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Mary Margaret: My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that all of your family will be close. Just know that your ADPi sisters are with you too, we’ve kept the “network” busy with love for you. Love Ann

  9. Anonymous says:

    Our paths crossed many times and Wayne was always a positive influence. He will be missed. May those who mourn him passing be comforted through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Please know we are remembering Wayne’s family in prayer. He will always be remembered when we play ball. May our Lord Jesus be very near in the coming year. Carl & B. J. Bennett

  11. Anonymous says:

    We were so very saddened to learn of Wayne’s passing. He was such a positive influence in my life. He was always ready to offer me some “fatherly” type of advice and kept in touch with me to see how I was doing. Wayne will be greatly missed. We offer our deepest sympathy and if you should need anything at all, please do not hesitate to call us.

  12. Anonymous says:

    When my son Robert Moore was 9 years old he lost his father – Wayne was a Boy Scout Leader and went to the grade schools to encourage young boys to join the scouts. My son approached Wayne and told him he could not be a scout since he lost his father. Wayne contacted me and we got a cub scout troop organized. Rob went on to be an Eagle Scoutand in the Order of the Arrow. When he went to college in Rochester NY he help with scout troops there. He now is with the FBI – I will never forget what Wayne did for my son. I have told Wayne all down through the years when I saw him of his influence on my son. He was a wonderful person especially in his scout work. Ruth Ann Moore Snapp

  13. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mary Margaret and family: We are deeply saddened at the loss of a faithful servant of Christ and His church, wonderful brother in Christ and an authentic joy-giver to all. We will be praying for you as you remember the many, many joys he brought to your lives. I can’t imagine the deep emotions you will be experiencing. We will never forget Wayne’s gracious help when we first arrived in Johnson City. He (and you, Mary Margaret) were such joyful servants to us and our family. The new church in Gray, had Wayne and you as some of our biggest supporters. Wayne introduced me to dozens of people in the first few months we were here. We thank God for these gifts. Love, Tom, Rhonda, Lydia, Grace, Ellen and Nathan

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hello Sweet Miller Family! I just left the funeral home and WOW! That is a lot of lives to have touch. Each one of us sad because we will miss him, but blessed to have had the privilege of being his friend. ETSU FCA meets on Monday nights and he didn’t miss them until recently. Well it is Monday night and I will have to say that was the biggest best FCA meeting ever! He would do anything to get people to those meetings on Monday nights. Wayne would be happy, but humble to see such a gathering. I will continue to pray for you all and it was nice to finally meet the loved ones that he so often shared stories about. May you feel Gods arms around you in this time of need. Linda Wallace FCA Tri-Cities, TN

  15. Anonymous says:

    I was saddened to hear about the passing of Wayne. Wayne and I go back over 45 years to our days at East Tennessee. Although we did not stay in touch as often as we should we had a connection through ETSU and the basketball program that was certainly more than just being teammates. Over the years we chatted about golf and family much as old friends do when they are trying to catch up on the events of their lives. I’ll remember Wayne as a man of integrity who cared deeply about his family, his faith, and his love for ETSU. My sincere condolences to Mary Margaret, Steve, Diane, and the entire Miller family. Good friends in life are hard to find and my friend Wayne will be sorely missed. Bill Newbold

  16. Anonymous says:

    It was indeed a great pleasure to have served with Wayne in the BSA office many years back. He was always a “calm in the storm” and that smile could melt even the toughest of us. I remember playing golf with Wayne and a couple of other professional scouters. My temper was getting the best of me. Wayne calmed me down with a hand on my shoulder and told me to “just have fun”. I will treaure his memory and thank God for his tutoring! My best to the family. Bill Smith

  17. Anonymous says:

    Kaitlyn and Cody, Please know that we are praying for you during this difficult time. Let the memories of time with your Grandfather fill your heart today and days to come. May God bless you. We love you! Mr. T and Evelyn

  18. Anonymous says:

    Leigh-Wayne and family – We were so very sorry to hear about your dad. Toby’s sister Jody (who lives in Gray still) called and told us she had seen the news in the paper today. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Losing a parent is so difficult, especially when they are so young. (Toby lost his mother during medical school and Michael and I lost our dad the year before last.) Michael is about to move back to Johnson City. I see that you are in California. I hope things are going well for you. If there is anything we can do for you at all please let us know. Toby and Dee-Dee Smith

  19. Anonymous says:

    Mary Margaret and Family – Cooter Locke just told me about Wayne’s passing. I’m so very sorry. I knew he had been ill for some time, but did not know the extent of his illness. I went through chemo. three yrs. ago and know a little about what Wayne has endured. Please know that I will be praying for you and your family. Wayne was one of the finest men I’ve every known. A class act by anyone’s standards. I’m so sorry. Gary Martin

  20. Anonymous says:

    Mrs Miller, Leigh Wayne and Shannon: I was sorry to hear of Mr Miller’s passing this morning in the paper. I will always remember him as a genuine and thoughtful person, and have fond memories of him playing softball for 1st pres with dad many years ago, or more recently (but still a while ago) seeing him at Science Hill events when I was in school. He always seemed to have a smile on his face. The thoughts and prayers of my family are with yours today. Brian, Jennifer, Kali, Kara, and Kasi Pipkin

  21. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Mary Margaret…….. Wayne’s faith and positive attitude were a gift to all of us- God Bless You and Your Family, Marcia

  22. Anonymous says:

    Wayne Miller was many things to many people; of all of his talents my most cherished memories come from him as my Sunday School Teacher. His lessons and discussions have had a significant impact on my life. I will carry these memories on and enjoy the times we shared. He was a friend and a teacher to me and many others. Marsha and I extend our deepest sympathy to your special family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers; God be with you through this difficult time. The Grindstaff Family

  23. Anonymous says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember Wayne’s smile as he was always smiling even when things seemed to be hard. His wonderful laugh and personality will be greatly missed. You all are in our prayers and we know that God will be happy

  24. Anonymous says:

    Dear Miller Family, I was given the privilege to work as a summer intern for Wayne while I was playing football at ETSU. Wayne taught me many things during that summer, but the most important was the love for his family and wife he conveyed to me daily. There was never a conversation about marriage or love, that did not include his statement “my beautiful bride” he uplifted his family and made it clear to everyone that he was a very blessed man and God gave him a great family. My Mom and Dad often remind me of how Wayne was always at the ETSU home football games and never failed to come by and say hello. My dad especially enjoyed Wayne’s since of humor and the famous one liners that Wayne would always throw out with a smile. Wayne was a very influential person in my life at a very critical stage of growth for me. He taught me many things and I will never forget these things. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sincerely, Jonathan Godfrey and Family

  25. Anonymous says:

    I wish to extend my deepest sympathies in this time of loss. Wayne was a great man that I can only describe as someone the “oozed” Christianity. Whenever I was in his presence, I felt like a I was looking through a window at the love that God has for all of us. Wayne was my Sunday School teacher from around 1993 through 1995. In that time there were days where I was the only person in that room. I remember Wayne saying that he got more from those Sunday mornings than I did. I appreciate that idea but I would offer that up that it was I who benefited from those talks. Wayne was a great man and I will miss him as I know that many others will. To the family, you will all be in my prayers during this difficult time.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Leigh Wayne, I heard from Toby and Dee of your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I too lost my Dad not long ago, and I promise you that in time you will find peace with it. The first time I met your Dad, I felt right at home, and like I had known him all of my life. Just from knowing you, I know he passed that gift to at least one person in his family. We will be moving to JC soon (can you believe it?) Our prayers, thoughts and love are with you and your family.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Wayne Miller was one of the nicest people that i knew. One of the fondest memories i have of Wayne is that he was always happy, energetic, and had a passion for life. He was one of the few people that i really trusted and had a lot of respect for during my time at ETSU, never hesitating to tell what i needed to hear as oppose to what i wanted to hear. God took a great person on the day of April 11th and i wish Wayne the best in heaven. I love you Wayne and now you can smile on me. My condolences go out to Mary Margaret or as Wayne would always say, “HIS BEAUTIFUL BRIDE,” and the rest of the family. I know it is a time for mourning but also a time to celebrate the great life that Wayne Miller enjoyed on this earth. We all gonna miss ya Wayne, but you will never be forgotten. Smile down on us Wayne!!!!!!!!!! Sincerely, Zakee Wadood

  28. Anonymous says:

    Wayne’s loving family. I had run into Wayne a couple of months ago and we talked for a while but he did not mention his cancer. He asked how I was doing he knew my late husband (Coach Milton Barnes Liberty Bell). He had mentioned that Leigh Wayne had moved to Lake Tahoe and how proud he sounded.(Milton )had Leigh Wayne in school. Mary Margaret, I have walked in your shoes. Milton & I were married for 36 years ,he had just retired and found out he was sick.He lived for 13 months with Lymphoma Non-Hodgins.I know the feelings you have and will have .I will not tell you it is a easy road but know that GOD ALWAYS HAS A PLAN FOR ALL OF US.You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.I hope that if you need to talk I would welcome the occasion. For the girls , I have walked in your shoes my mother died at 52 and I was 24. Time will help but always cherish the loving memories of such a fine father. He will ALWAYS be in your heart. It is difficult at this time but know that Wayne is in a better place, at peace and free of pain.We are the ones left behind but we will all be together again. LOVE IN CHRIST, BECKY BARNES-MILLER 753-7226 202-5006

  29. Anonymous says:

    God continued to bless us through Wayne’s life yesterday in the most meaningful and eternally significant honoring of a “saint-gone-home” that we have ever been a part of. Shannon, Leigh Wayne, Wes & Steve…your tributes to Wayne still cause my eyes to fill with tears! Mary Margaret & Diane & Michael…Wayne will always reflect Christ in and through your lives! It goes without even saying…We Love You Dearly!

  30. Anonymous says:

    The Miller Family, I was very sorry to hear about Wayne’s passing. He was a wonderfully kind and pleasant man. I don’t think I ever saw him that he wasn’t smiling. While you will always miss him, after time your heart will ease knowing he is not suffering anymore and is in a better place. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this sad and difficult time. Deborah Martin (Kelly’s Mother)

  31. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful person to lose.I went to school with all the Miller’s at that time the Training School. I remember Diane well , she was a beauty. I knew Wayne also. I thought he was a great guy. He will be missed by so many people. In my thoughts, Sandra

  32. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mary Margaret, I am so sorry to hear about Wayne. Our son sent us the article that was in the sports section about Wayne. We would have been at the funeral if we had known in time. Just a few days before the funeral, we had heard that he was terminally ill, but did not know how to contact you. After our son told us, we tried to find a phone number or address but no Wayne Miller was listed online in Gray, TN. I cannot imagine how difficult this past year has been for you. Wayne was such a friendly and positive guy. Your and your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and when you have time please email us your phone number and address. I relayed the article our son sent us to Brenda Dake Parsons Bass. Yes, Brenda was divorced a few years ago and was married to a wonderful man a year ago this past January. I attended the ceremony with another childhood friend and it was great to see her so happy. I pray this email gets to you, so we can keep in touch. May the Lord bless you and yours and keep you in His love and give you His peace. Love, Vickie Rule Moore 80 Westbrook Drive Greeneville, TN 37743 Home phone: 423-639-3254 V cell: 620-0278 L cell: 620-0052

  33. Anonymous says:

    Shannon and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Wayne was a special man and it goes without saying that he will be greatly missed. I have such fond childhood memories of him; riding horses on Sunday afternoons, silly games, pranks, & jokes at your house, and football on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone that shared his presence was truly blessed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Audra Snapp Olinger

  34. Anonymous says:

    With his work complete on earth, Wayne has gone to his mansion in Heaven. Always with a heart warming smile, he was a special friend to many of us, thanks Wayne for sharing a part of your life with our family. Our prayers and thoughts to his family and remember that he has only gone ahead of you to be together with you at a later time.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Mary I am so sorry to hear Wayne passed. My wife called this morning (Monday) I am out of town. I only wish I could be there. Wayne, I have known for many years in Scouts, Sherwood, softball and ETSU. The earth has lost one of the most wonderful person, he was truly an angel of the lord for the way he helped everyone he came in contact with in life. He will be missed and remembered when I go to any ETSU events. Cleo and Penny Miles Jacksonville Fl

  36. Anonymous says:

    Mary Margaret, Losses of loved ones offer the opportunity for those left behind to draw on the memories of that person and the times you shared together to give you comfort and peace. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Seeing Wayne’s picture, reading about him, reading Eddie’s comments have meant a lot to me.I will remember with fondness this outstanding friend. Love, Nancy

  37. Anonymous says:

    Mary Margaret, Leigh Wayne & Shannon, We are so sorry to read about Wayne’s passing. He was such a wonderful husband & a very proud Dad & Grandfather! We are out of town or we would be there. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Buzz, Chris, Heather & Haley Woods

  38. Anonymous says:

    Mary Margaret, Leigh Wayne and Shannon I am so sorry for your loss. He was truly a special person. Wayne was like a father to me. I have so many great memories of him especially one a recent one and most precious to me, when he danced with me at my wedding. He was always there for my family and we will be forever grateful. He was an amazing person and will be missed dearly. All our love, Mitzi (two words) and Eric Edwards

  39. Anonymous says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are very grateful to have met Wayne last summer and enjoyed his smile, his sense of humor, and his kind spirit.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Wayne was a good and faithful servant. It was my honor to know this man and to have worked with him at ETSU. I saw Wayne during the UTC vs. ETSU women’s basketball game this past season and he was the same old Wayne that I’d sat and talked to many times when I was at the Athletic Department. I knew how ill he was but you couldn’t tell it from sitting with him that day… he was full of life!! This was a good man and my heart is heavy for the loss of him in this world… I am also thankful to have known him, shared a common commitment of making the world a better place for other people, and to share the Blue and Gold with him if only for a short time. My prayers are with his beloved family, for whom he was so incredibly proud and never at a loss for talking about his wonderful Bride and his children and grandchildren!!! The world is a better place because of Wayne Miller. Rest in peace, smiling friend!

  41. Anonymous says:

    Wayne was a pleasure to be around with his positive and fun-loving attitude. He was a joy to work with and his spirit will be missed greatly. As you mourn for your husband and father, please rejoice in knowing that he touched many people’s lives. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time and we are so sorry for your loss.

  42. Anonymous says:

    When Wes joined our family we were blessed to become a part of the Miller family, and what fun that has been. When Wayne and Steve were in the same room, it was always a joyous, laugh-filled event. We are glad to have spent a little time with you all last summer at the lake. We will always remember Wayne fondly.

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