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Orion Columbus Miller, Jr. died on March 30, 2016, at the age of 68. He was born in Cumberland County, TN, to Orion Columbus Miller and Sally Lucille Dodson Miller, the fifth of six children. He married his wife, Nancy Helen Miller, 45 years ago, and the two of them shared a contented life, full of traveling, collecting, and learning. "Mr. Miller" graduated from Cumberland County High School and Tennessee Technological University. He was, above all, a teacher whose students loved him and learned so much more than math from him. He spent his entire teaching career in Memphis, teaching at Porter Junior High, Longview Junior High (where he was also Assistant Principal), White Station High School in Memphis for 23 years, and St. Mary's Episcopal School for 16 ½ years. Orion and Nancy planted a garden and many trees at White Station High School, and there is a garden named for him there. Earlier this year they both won the Apple Award at St. Mary's, given to teachers who show exceptional kindness and compassion for their students. Orion's many collections include maps, Southern decorative arts, old jugs, and museum-quality mathematical instruments and telescopes, many of which will be donated. In addition to his beloved Nancy, Orion is survived by his sisters, Josephine Dulaney of Crossville, TN, and Barbara Ann Ferris of St. Louis, MO, many, many loving friends, and generations of students to whom he means the world. In lieu of flowers, the Millers request that memorials be sent to: St. Mary's Episcopal School, St. Jude Hospital, WKNO, the Brooks Decorative Arts Trust, or a charity of donor's choice.
Published on April 22, 2016
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