Miller, 73, passed away Sunday morning. He retired from the Bradley County Trustee’s Office after serving there for 24 years.
“We attended church for many years with Jute and his family,” said Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland. “He was always willing to help someone in need, and provide service to others.”
Miller’s son, local attorney Jeff Miller, said his father was a “gentle man.”
“Jute was always smiling, always cordial,” Rowland remembered.
Rowland also recalled Miller’s participation in the annual Bigsby Creek Rook Tournament which is held around the New Year’s holiday.
“We would all eat breakfast and the group of players would begin usually on a Saturday. Jute was a part of the tournament,” Rowland said.
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said he worked both personally and on a professional level with the former trustee and businessman.
Davis recalled Miller dressing as “Superman” once during a political campaign. Miller could often be seen walking the sidewalks of the city, recalled Rowland.
“He would always stop by City Hall just to say hello,” Rowland said.
“He will be greatly missed by the people in Bradley County. Jute continued to cut hair after leaving office, but would usually work only on Saturdays,” Davis said.
Miller was born in Meigs County. He owned Jute’s Barber and Hairstyling, and served with the National Guard.
While attending church at Wesley United Methodist Church, Rowland said Miller sang in the choir.
“We are sorry to hear of his death. It is a tremendous loss for our city,” Rowland said.
Miller is survived by his wife, Sarah Wynette Miller; his son, Jeff; daughter, Ginger Harness; several grandchildren and a great-grandchild, as well as other family members.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Big Spring Baptist Church with the Rev. Nolan Phillips officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.