William Elliott Miller III

July 1, 1954 - July 3, 2013

07/01/1954 - 07/03/2013

William Elliott Miller III, 59, went to be with the Lord on July 3, 2013 after losing his courageous battle against cancer. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia to the late William Elliott Miller Jr. and Betty Jane Owens-Dingus. Bill was a graduate of Kempsville High School and ODU. He was the owner of W. E. Miller Construction Co., a former teacher, and wrestling coach First Colonial High School and Hickory Middle. He was a member of Eastminister Presbyterian Church, Bent Barrel Hunt Club, and the Youth Service Club.He is survived by four children, William Elliott Miller IV Tripp, Haley , Jimmy , and Brett Miller; granddaughter, Skylar; a sister, Shirleen Mills; nieces, Angel, Kendra, and Rachael; great nieces and nephews; family, and many faithful friends.A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:00am.Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of William E. Miller III.Condolences may be shared with the family at altmeyer.com.

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warren massey
7 years ago

Bill and I grew up next door to each other. He taught me a lot about growing up, getting on the right track and working hard. Bill loved to fish.We had a few fishing trips that I and a few others will never forget. We had some great times camping in Hatteras and hiking at Crabtree Falls. One of the funniest trips was when we went out and nothing was biting. We decided to stop at a bar and have a few beers, quite a few beers!

When we got home, Bill backed the boat in right through the garage

door! Boy was Jane mad, probably because it was her dad’s boat! I could go on for hours about all the crazy good times we had. I just want to say that everyone that Bill knew has lost a good friend. I will always remember everything he taught me whether it was about fishing, camping or building a house. My thoughts are with his family during these hard times. Remember all the good times we had with him. Rest in peace Bill Miller.

Deborah Simmer
7 years ago

Bill and I went to KHS together and shared many hours in the gym with Bill at wrestling practice and me at gymnastics practice. I remember his ready laugh and upbeat view of life, always gentle and always present. It’s a blessing to have his friendship and I count on him greeting me when it’s time for me to go to heaven. My sympathies to all the family for this loss.

Peace.

Debbie Simmer

Genevieve Barnes
7 years ago

Bill was my son, Joe’s, Graphics teacher and wrestling coach at FCHS. Joe called me from South Carolina when he learned of Bill’s passing. He told me Bill really had a great influence on his self confidence and introduced him to architecture which has been his successful career. Our prayers are with your family.

Dene Valan
7 years ago

I will miss Bill more than words can express.

Joe Barnes
7 years ago

It was my great pleasure to have Coach Miller as both my drafting teacher and wrestling coach. He taught many things that established a strong foundation on who I became as person today.

I can still see and hear in my mind Coach Miller sitting in the wrestling room encouraging us to become better wrestlers by practicing hard, pushing ourselves and striving for excellence. Life lessons I still use today to help myself become a better professional, father, husband and friend.

My prayers are with the whole Miller family.

KENNY McLENDON
7 years ago

MILLER FAMILY,

I MET BILL WHILE HE WAS AT HICKORY MIDDLE SCHOOL. I ENJOYED OUR FRIENDSHIP AND OUR CONVERSATIONS.HE WAS A GREAT COACH AND FRIEND. HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL. PLEASE KNOW HE IS NOW WITH NO PAIN AND HE KNOWS HE WAS LOVED BY ALL HIS FAMILY

KENNY McLENDON

Kelly Garrou
7 years ago

My heartfelt sympathy to Bill’s family. Mr. Miller was my mechanical drawing teacher at FC. Although i was a rather poor draftsman, Bill never gave up on me. Earning a “B” in his class was my great achievement in high school. Thank you Bill and may God richly bless your family.

angie rodriguez
7 years ago

Please know my sympathies during this difficult time. I hope the memories shared among family and friends brings great comfort. May God also help through his comforting words at Rev. 21:4. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Jan Owens Perry
7 years ago

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. My prayers are with you all. Much Love from your family in Tennessee.

Karen Bunch Moore
7 years ago

Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Karen Bunch Moore, Norma Bunch and Ray & Derinda Bunch

Chris Davidson
7 years ago

Thank you Bill for inviting me to wrestle at FC back in 83. I was mediocre at best and I learned a hard lesson I’ve never forgotten- quitters never win. In Mechanical Drawing class, you demonstrated time and again that only perfect practice makes perfect. I will never forget you, Coach!

jesse and joann
7 years ago

We are so sad to have lost Bill but his pain is over and he is well with the Lord. All of our sympathy is with you.

berkeley bannerman
7 years ago

Were very sorry for your loss bill was a good friend and a good person and he will be missed.