John Clayton “Clay” Miller, age 59, of Brandon, MS passed away on July 8, 2020. In keeping with his final wishes, there will be no memorial or funeral service, but he would want friends and family to remember him fondly for the good times and great laughs that were had in life.
Clay was born in Jackson, MS on May 22, 1961. He attended St. Mary and St. Joseph before his family moved to Brandon, MS where he graduated from Brandon Attendance Center in 1979. He was a Boy Scout and made Eagle Scout, holding the honor as the youngest in Mississippi at that time. He continued his education at Mississippi State University and The University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Marine Biology. While at MSU, he met his future wife, Angie Allen, also from Jackson, MS. They shared a love of the outdoors, fishing, camping, water skiing, horse shoes and volleyball on Sunday afternoons.
The young couple married and made Jackson, MS their home where Clay began working for Mississippi Valley Gas Co. as a meter reader, which reinforced his fondness for cats (Max, Stinky and Pickles over the yrs.) and disdain for dogs. They were blessed with a daughter, Alexandra Bond, who can thank her Dad for learning to ride a bike, stumped toes and all - his mainly! He also enjoyed learning the trade of locksmithing at Butler’s Locksmith & Key Company and kept his proficiency current throughout the years by letting his daughter back into her home when she would misplace her keys. The couple moved to Madison, MS and Clay attained his desire to have a career with Ergon, Inc., which he enjoyed for the next 30 yrs, making many friends and memories there; first as a dispatcher in the Trucking Division, then overseeing Mississippi River barges in the Marine Division. The marriage didn't survive the years, but their friendship lasted a lifetime.
Clay was an avid reader, capable of reading 5 books at one time while keeping up with all storylines. He was a frequent face at the Eudora Welty Library, visiting every Sunday and checking out 10 books on average. Clay enjoyed deep-sea fishing trips, hunting, a game of pool, golf or cards. He had a charismatic, witty quality, and always enjoyed a good laugh (which would usually be followed with an unintentional “snort laugh"). Clay was a phenomenal writer, making even the most menial email endlessly entertaining. He loved pickles and salt with a beer, was notoriously late because he truly believed that it was fashionable and always rooted for the underdog (which explains his love for the Cleveland Browns, Bernie Kosar and the Dawg Pound). Many knew him as the life of the party. People may not have realized the depth of true affection he had for his friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents Charles Hooker Miller, Jr. and Frances Florestine Philibert Miller. He is survived by his daughter, Alexandra Miller Guy (Stuart) and granddaughters Allyn Alford Guy and Bonnie Brynne Guy of Madison, MS; one sister: Frances Kimberly “Kim” Miller Purvis (David) of Brandon, MS; brothers: Charles “Hooker” Miller III of Brandon, MS; Phillip “Blake” Miller of Puckett, MS and Glen Wade Miller of Monticello, MS; four nieces: Ashley, Jera, Bridget and Sara; two nephews: Lowell and Charlie and many more family and friends; especially long-time buddies: Ken Hall, Lee Kennedy, Dan Williamson and Bill Moss.
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