Bill Miller’s children like to say their father was short in stature but larger than life.
William Russell Miller was born April 6, 1922, in segregated Kentucky and went on to become a vice president at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., spending 34 years at the company until retiring in 1986. After leaving Goodyear, he worked at the University of Akron and remained involved in other business ventures, spent two years teaching capitalism in Russia under the Peace Corps and was active in numerous Akron-area organizations.
He was a World War II Army veteran who fought in the South Pacific in a segregated unit. After the war he got a bachelor’s degree under the G.I. Bill at Tennessee State University and then a master’s degree at the University of Akron.
The family requested instead of flowers that donations be made to the William R. and Edith Pitt-Stamps Miller Endowment Fund, care of Tennessee State University Foundation, 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209.