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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Former state Rep. John Miller died Wednesday at 85.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 9:09 AM

click to enlarge JOHN E. MILLER: His photo as speaker in 1979-80.
  • JOHN E. MILLER: His photo as speaker in 1979-80.
Former state Rep. John Miller of Melbourne died last night. Funeral arrangements are by Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne.

Visitation will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Ozarka College, John E. Miller Auditorium, 218 College Drive, Melbourne. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Melbourne.

Miller's slight stature belied his immense influence as a 40-year representative and former House speaker, as this resolution passed in his honor recounts. His place on the Revenue and Taxation Committee was one of the keys to his importance. He retired in 1998. Miller, 85,  was a 1949 graduate of Arkansas State. He was a county and circuit clerk before running for the legislature.

A small piece of trivia: The first color photograph to appear on the front page of the Arkansas Gazette, in the late 1980s, was of John Miller. Not exactly dramatic photography, but the news was that Miller had finally succeeded in his years-long quest to build a new state office building on the Capitol mall, familiarly known as Big MAC (multi-agency complex.) A local community college building and the city airfield bear his name.

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