John Franklin Miller, Jr. (Sign Guestbook)

John Franklin Miller, Jr, known to family and friends as John, Johnny or Buddy, passed peacefully on Friday morning, November 1, 2019 at UT Medical Center, Unit 6 East where he was cared for by a fantastic team of caretakers. John and his wife Ella Jean Miller were residents at Park Place on Colonial Circle in Fountain City. John was a native of Chattanooga and moved to Knoxville, around 1950 where he worked for a time at TVA as a draftsman. Subsequently he worked at Rohm and Haas, Knoxville as a plant engineer for over 30 years before retiring in 1986. For over 50 years he lived in Fountain City on Garden Drive, where he and his first wife, Lorena (Jackie) raised two sons, Ben and Greg. John and Jackie were active members of Northside Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

John served in the US Navy in the South Pacific on the USS Bunch from 1942-1945. In addition to his deep commitment to Northside and to service to the Disciples of Christ denomination statewide and nationally, John was civically active throughout his life, serving at various times with the Lions’ Club; the Bright Hope Masonic Lodge; St. Mary’s Hospice Volunteer; Cub Scouts; Boy Scouts; and many other civic activities. John and Jackie were avid square dancers.

In August 2010, over a year after Jackie had died, John Married Ella Jean McPhetridge Chappell. John and Jean had a wonderful marriage for the past nine years. Other survivors include son Gregory A. Miller, MD MBA and husband James Godfrey of Portland, OR; step-daughter Ann Chappell and her son Cody of Knoxville; grand children Angela M. Miller of Knoxville and Alan B. Miller and Wife Meredith Miller of Chelsea, AL; great grandson, John Ryan Miller of Chelsea AL, Sister Martha Bradshaw, brothers Dan Miller and wife Martha; Don Miller and wife Louise all of Manchester TN, and many nieces and nephews.

John is preceded in death by his son Franklin Benton Miller, his brothers Bill and Sam Miller; his sisters Ruth, Edith and Jenny, and his mother Grace Miller and Father John Franklin Miller, Sr.

Visitation and viewing will be held on Monday, November 4 from 5-7 pm with services to follow at Northside Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 4008 Tazewell Pike, Knoxville, TN. 37918. Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, November 5 at 10 am at Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are appreciated to: Northside Christian Church
( Disciples of Christ), 4008 Tazewell Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918.

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Miller family and invites you to view and sign the online registry below.

10 guestbook entries for “John Franklin Miller, Jr.”:

  1. Robert Stauffer says:

    John F.Miller, Jr was a great friend since my ministry at Northside Christian Church in the 1960’s. John was a wonderful Husband and father, a great family man. He was a wonderfully committed Christian. I have always cherished my relationship with him. Will miss John very much. My condolences to all the family. –Robert S.Stauffer, Richmond, KY.


  2. Cindi Palazzi says:

    I am so sad reading John’ s obituary! He was a wonderful man who I will never forget. He loved life, his family and his friends, and we all loved him back. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jean and her family and Greg and Jim and their extended family. May the Lord bless you all.

  3. Teresa Wilsdorf says:


    Charles and I are so sad to hear of the loss of your father. Please know that our love and prayers are with you, Jim and the rest of your family. Heaven has another Angel smiling down upon you.
    Charles and Teresa Wilsdorf

  4. Carol Blessing says:

    Dear Greg,

    If you are anything like your dad, he must have been a remarkably kind and caring man. Condolences to you, your family and all who are touched deeply by his loss.

    Carol Blessing, Albany NY

  5. jennifer wade says:

    Oh, Greg, and other family members: I’m so sorry. It hurts so much.

  6. Erin Tankersley-Shellman says:

    Wishing you peace and warm memories.

  7. Jodi Lombard says:

    I have great memories of Uncle Johnny that I will always treasure. He was always so kind and loving with a wonderful smile. Give my Granny a hug from me Uncle John. Love you! ❤️
    Jodi Jacobs Lombard
    (Jenny’s granddaughter)

  8. Mary Smith and Susie says:

    So sorry for loss. We really thought a lot of John and enjoyed his company.
    Our prayers are with you Jean and your families.

  9. Darlene Polander says:

    Jeanne, I am so very sorry for your loss. I did not know John well but, in the years I did know him I thought him to be a very nice man. I also valued his bravery and commitment to our country. It will be sad to no longer look forward to seeing him at our community center. My loving thoughts and prayers are with you now as well as Johns family.

  10. Vareen O’Keefe Domaleski says:

    My dearest Greg and Jim.
    I am so sad to hear of your dad’s passing. In the end, all that matters is the love that we share with our most precious family and friends. Life flies by in a heartbeat and we can’t lose touch with the values of caring for one another. So happy that you and Jim have one another to share good times and sad.
    I wish that I was located so I could come to pay my respects and give you a big hug you are often in my thoughts.
    With much love, Vareen

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