Cover photo for Roosevelt Lee Miller's Obituary
Roosevelt Lee Miller Profile Photo

Roosevelt Lee Miller

May 29, 1933 — December 25, 2023

Madison Heights

Roosevelt Lee Miller

Roosevelt Lee Miller, lovingly referred to as "Paul" or "Pete" by those nearest to him, was a beloved resident of Madison Heights, Virginia. He peacefully departed this life on Monday, December 25, 2023, at Lynchburg General Hospital.

Born on May 29, 1933, in Amherst County to the late William Nathaniel Miller, Sr., and the late Clara Miller Douglass.  Roosevelt was preceded in death by his sisters Arlene Miller and Joan “Yvonne” Douglass Armstrong, two brothers Edgar Miller and Aubrey Miller, as well as two grandsons, Trevi Sha-Ron Edwards and Kevin Edwards, Jr.

He is survived by his devoted wife and best friend of sixty-six years, Mary Turner Miller of Madison Heights, Virginia. His legacy is carried on by two daughters: Arlene Edwards-Tucker of Lynchburg, Virginia, and Patricia Rucker Akers (Terence) of Bedford, Virginia. Additionally, he is survived by three brothers: Robert Miller of Detroit, Michigan; Richard Miller (Linda) of Gastonia, North Carolina; and William Miller of Jersey City, New Jersey.

He is further survived by his granddaughter, Clarissa Rucker of Washington, DC, whom he referred to as "Baby." A great-grandson he affectionately called “The Boy,” Tavian S. Edwards, along with three great-grandsons, Kelton, Kingston, and Karston of Medford, Oklahoma, and one great-granddaughter, Tavonya, of Austin, Texas. He also loved being a grand-fur parent to his daughter's dog, "Baby Rucker," who also preceded him in death. Further, Roosevelt is fondly remembered by four sisters-in-law: Flora Ann Anderson, Edith Turner, and Florence Johnson, all of Lynchburg, Virginia, and Henrietta Miller of Rochester, New York, as well as one brother-in-law, Joseph Turner, Jr. (Criscilla) of Easton, Pennsylvania, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

In addition to being a devoted family man, Roosevelt, an Army veteran, found joy in simple pleasures. Whether casting a line while fishing, enjoying scenic drives, or immersing himself in the challenge of word search puzzles, he radiated contentment. After 35 years of dedicated service, he retired from Flowers Bakery of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Roosevelt's heartwarming nature extended beyond his family. Known for his extraordinary love for people, he never met a stranger. His infectious laughter echoed the joy he found in telling jokes and connecting with others.

Arlene and Patricia extend their heartfelt gratitude to their honorary brother, Reverend James Braxton, "Buddy," (Margaret), as well as Carletta Saunders, for their unwavering care and support for their parents, as well as their extended family on Amelon Road, including Melvin Knight (Santina), Cathy Brown (Charles), Joseph Wade (Cynthia), and others.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. A graveside service will be held Friday, December 29, 2023 at 2:00 p.m., at Fort Hill Memorial Park with Reverend James D. Braxton officiating.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. 

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Roosevelt Lee Miller, please visit our flower store.

Past Services


Thursday, December 28, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory-Lynchburg

220 Breezewood Dr, Lynchburg, VA 24502

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Graveside Service

Friday, December 29, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Fort Hill Memorial Park

5196 Fort Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24502

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 894

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree