William David “Bill” Miller

June 6, 1942 - October 3, 2020
William David “Bill” Miller


William David (Bill) Miller 78, of Southport, North Carolina passed away October 3, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born June 6, 1942 in Partridge, Kentucky and was the son of Charles Anderson (Charlie) Miller and Rose Stidham Miller. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Mack (Bob) Miller and his sister Nola Miller Fields.

Bill grew up in Lynch, Kentucky and moved to Southport in 1962 at which time he joined the USAF. He was a Vietnam Veteran. He married the love of his life, Cheryl Price in 1964 and upon his discharge from the service they made their home in Southport. He retired from Progress Energy after 24 years of service. Bill spent his life as a public servant to the citizens of Southport/ Brunswick County having served as a member of the Southport Fire Department; a founder and charter member of the Southport Rescue Squad having served as Assistant Chief; Master Mason, Pythagoras Lodge #249; Sudan Shriner; Police Officer with the Southport Police Dept. and the Oak Island Police Dept.; and a Deputy Sheriff with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office for 44 years. His passion for upholding the law and for the men and women of the BCSO was profound! He always saw himself as your “protector”! Bill was a active member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and always looked forward to seeing his church family.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved wife and best friend of 56 years, Cheryl Price Miller; two sons, Charles William (Charlie) Miller and wife Patty of Southport; and James David (Davey) Miller and Pamela Allgood of Southport; two grandchildren, Natalie Miller Sasser and husband Chris and Briana Miller and fiance Caleb Hemphill; a great granddaughter Finley Ann Sasser; a special niece Tiffany Cashwell Campbell and family; and a special loved one, Denise Miller. Natalie, Briana and Finley, your presence filled his days with sunshine! You were his beacons of light! To Charlie, David and their families words are inadequate in thanking you for the sacrifices you have made over the last 58 months helping to care for your dad! You truly have angel wings!
To family, friends, strangers and Bill’s caretakers words cannot express how deeply you have touched our hearts with your many acts of kindness. May God bless each of you in a special way! To the staff at Local’s and Famous Subs you are special! To the greeters at Mount Olive Baptist Church you blessed us every Sunday with your helping hands!

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Shriner’s Hospital; St. Jude Children’s Hospital; Gideon’s International; or Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, Bolivia, NC.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 8th from 6pm-8pm at Mount Olive Baptist Church 2919 Galloway Rd. NE, Bolivia NC. Covid Restrictions will be observed.

Services will be Friday, October 9th at 1:00pm at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Anthony Clemmons presiding. Burial will be at Northwood Cemetery in Southport with Full Law Enforcement and United States Air Force Honors performed.

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  • October 06, 2020
    LAVAR MARLOW lit a candle:
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  • October 09, 2020
    Keith and Cathy Brown says:
    Praying that the God of peace and comfort will carry you during this time of grief. Until we meet at his feet.

  • October 09, 2020
    Scott, Donna, and Amee Little says:
    Mr. Bill was such a giving person who had the sweetest smile.I will always remember when Natlaie was young he would give her a dollar, ice cream, or more...and if Amee was present, he would include her. He always made children feel included and special. He continued his tradition with Finley. His face would light up with a smile when his family was around. Mrs. Cheryl, his love for you was evident, and his love for his family was an example for all. A true servant to his community, leaving a legacy for his sons. May the Lord bless you with strength and comfort. Our prayers are with the Miller Family.

  • October 08, 2020
    Jere and Wendy Jones says:
    Our prayers are covering you and your family with comfort, peace and love from our Lord and Savior. What a precious memory I will always have of seeing the two of you riding together on your red golf cart. It always made me smile! I can't help but think of the song by Patsy Cline "Stand By Your Man." What a Godly marriage and example the two of you were! We love you!

  • October 08, 2020
    Donna Waters says:
    Mr Bill was a true gentleman in every aspect. He made everyone feel appreciated and respected. I still remember meeting him soon after I transferred into Brunswick County as an Adult PPO. He openly welcomed me, offering his assistance if I needed, and a friendship was quickly formed. I will always treasure his friendship and memory. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with all the family during this most difficult time.