Dorothy Jean (Adkins) Miller

October 21, 1928 ~ August 12, 2019 (age 90)


Dorothy Jean (Adkins) Miller was born in Hawesville, KY on October 21, 1928 to Otis and Beatrice (Spencer) Adkins. After a life well lived for 90 years, she entered Heaven’s gates on August 12, 2019.  She died peacefully at home in Flowery Branch, GA after a two-year struggle with vascular dementia.

Dorothy was valedictorian of the Beechmont High School class of 1946 and loved attending her class reunions, including the one held this year. Besides being a wonderful mother and homemaker to five children, Dorothy worked for the Hancock County Board of Education for over 20 years, retiring as Treasurer.  In her retirement years she enjoyed quilt making and traveling with her husband to woodcarving shows.

Dorothy had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of the Hawesville Baptist Church for over 50 years before moving her membership to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Hendersonville, TN. Over the years, she was always active with her church, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School.

Dorothy was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years, Thomas Orville Miller. She was also predeceased by two sons, Thomas W. Miller and David L. Miller, one sister, Gloria Adkins Paulison, and one brother, Otis Miller Adkins.  Dorothy is survived by her son Neil A. Miller of Clawson, MI, and daughters Robin M. Young of Flowery Branch, GA and Paula J. Tolbert and husband Joe of Bradenton, FL and one brother, Bruce Adkins and wife Maureen of Hanahan, SC.  She is also survived by two daughters-in-law, Robbie Miller of New York and Devonna Miller of Temecula, CA.  Dorothy was lovingly know as “Granny” to her 9 grandchildren. 18 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Hendersonville, TN on Friday September 27. Visitation will begin at 10:30 am and the service will begin at 11:00 am. A brief graveside service will be held at Serenity Hills Cemetery in Hawesville, KY on Saturday, September 28 at 2:00 pm.  Local arrangements are being handled by Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Hawesville. 

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