Daddy is sick

Discussion in 'Help From Above' started by bhambulldog, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Dad has been at the nursing care for a month, now. He went to the cardiologist and the urologist again today. No real change in his condition. They are evaluating the feasibility of surgery to his prostrate, to relieve pressure on his bladder.

    My news of a new job was good tonic for his mood. My new boss and Dad have a long time professional relationship and are family friends.
  2. 1967GS340

    1967GS340 Well-Known Member

    Hope they can help him out with a little surgery.

    I'll bet that the new job was a pick me up for him.
    Nothing like good news to help the mood, especially when it's about your kid!
  3. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Yes David,
    Thanks ! Let's hope and pray.
    My new boss's dad and my dad did a lot of land devolpment work together back in the days. It's a good company to work for. I'm very happy to be there. I just hooked up the all the batteries to charge for the GPS. Now it's time to charge my batteries. 4:00am comes early!!
  4. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Dad has taken a turn for the worse. Dad had to taken to the Emergency room. His kidneys are failing and the doctors say Dad has hours or or Days at the longest.

    Here is Dad in some happier times;

    Dad; circa 1935. Birmingham Fire Station number 3. Dad's Grandfather was the Fire Chief. The City provided the chief's family with an apartment above the station. Dad lived there in the fire station with his Grandfather.

    Dad U.S. Army circa 1952 ( Korea 1951-1953);

    Dad home on leave, with Mom;

    Mom and Dad 1979 my Sister's wedding;

    Dad's car in the Buick Bugle May 1980;
  5. cobra94r

    cobra94r Dad/Daughter Project SBB

    James... I am sorry to hear about your father not doing well.... I can promise you that my thoughts and prayers go out to you for a full recovery.
    BTW... I love all the pics!!

  6. DaWildcat

    DaWildcat Platinum Level Contributor


    Not much I can say to make you or yours feel any better.

    One thing I CAN say though, it doesn't matter if your father lives a day or a week or a month or a decade longer, you are living proof that he's done a good job and that his legacy is alive and well.

    I said goodbye to my father in '88 and I was with my mother and said goodbye when she passed in '10. The most important thing for us all is to realize our own mortality and to do a great job of loving each other while we all travel life together. Sounds like you have done a good job.

    You just keep making sure he knows you love him. Tell him, over and over, and tell him he did a really good job, and tell him everyone is going to be just fine thanks to him.

  7. cobra94r

    cobra94r Dad/Daughter Project SBB

    Great advice!!

  8. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Thanks Tom!
    Thanks Devon!
  9. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Daddy is gone. Dad passed away at 12:45pm (central)

    Joseph Avery Miller, Jr.
    July 3 1929 - October 13, 2011

    [​IMG]Joe and Sara Miller and their seven children, 2001.
  10. my69buford

    my69buford Silver Level contributor

    So sorry to here that. May the Lord be with you all in your time of sorrow.
  11. 1967GS340

    1967GS340 Well-Known Member

    I'm so sorry to hear this. I can't imagine how what you are going through.
    It sounds like you have a close family so time together for support is the best thing you can hope for right now.

    Be strong.
  12. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Thanks Dave
    Thanks David.
  13. cobra94r

    cobra94r Dad/Daughter Project SBB

    I am so sorry James.... my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in your time of need. I am sure his legacy will live on thru the hearts of his family and friends.

    God Bless You all,
    Tom Duncan -n- Family
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2011
  14. Dale

    Dale Sweepspear

    My condolences to you, your family and all that knew him.
    Losing a parent is one of the hardest things to come to terms with.
    The most comforting thing that has helped me with the grieving process with my Dad, and more recently my Mother, is having all the wonderful memories to fall back on.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

    BUICKRAT Torque Rules!

    So sorry to hear this, James. I know it sounds lame, but I wish you and your family strength. Please accept my condolences, and hold onto those happy memories.
  16. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Thanks Tom
    Thanks Dale
    Not at all lame Steve! It is prayers that has given us strength. 20 years ago this week my Grandmother died (Dad's Mom). I left the hospital to go to my Parents house while driving there was a beautiful rainbow , I mean one with bright colors and a full arch. That sight gave me peace.
    Yesterday driving to Tuscaloosa, I saw a similar rainbow. I felt the same peace yesterday.
    No, Steve it is not lame, but Strong. That is what Dad is now, not lame but Strong!

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  17. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    MILLER, JR., JOSEPH AVERY July 3, 1929- October 13, 2011

    Joseph Avery Miller, Jr., 82, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday afternoon.

    A lifelong resident of Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Miller attended Ramsey High School, matriculated at Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) on a ROTC scholarship, graduating as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 1950.

    Mr. Miller was commissioned an officer in the United States Army as a combat engineer during the Korean War and was honorably discharged with the rank of First Lieutenant.

    Mr. Miller was honored to have served under the command of General Douglas MacArthur in Korea. Before his deployment to Korea, Mr. Miller married Sara Skinner on March 10., 1951 at Southside Baptist Church.
    Upon his Army discharge, Mr. Miller begin his professional career with the State of Alabama Highway Department and then worked for several years in the private sector.

    In 1961 he founded the firm which would become Miller Triplett & Miller Engineers Inc. (now headed by his eldest son Joey.)
    Mr. Miller retired in 2001. Mr. Miller was a founding member and past President of the Greater Birmingham Chapter of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors.

    Mr. Miller's interests were varied and many. Mr. Miller was Victorian in spirit and temperament and believed the Victorian ideals of God, Family and Country were worthy aspirations.
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" was a favorite poem. A trained pilot as a teenager, Mr. Miller was an amateur historian with a special interest in WWII aviation.
    Along with Douglas MacArthur, he counted among his military heroes George S. Patton and Winston Churchill.
    A moral and principled man, Mr. Miller was a small business owner for over forty years.

    Mr. Miller was a staunch conservative in political outlook and admired the governing philosophies of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.
    For many years, Mr. Miller was an enthusiastic and successful coach in the Crestwood Colts youth football program and was instrumental in overseeing the planning and engineering of Crestwood field.

    Mr. Miller also coached youth basketball for many years at Woodlawn Baptist Church.

    Mr. Miller was an avid record collector and had an eclectic taste in music: Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Willie Nelson were just a few of his favorite recording artists.

    Mr. Miller had a soft-spot in his heart for his household dogs and cats.
    He especially had a fondness for large breed dogs such as Great Danes, English Mastiffs and Bull-Mastiffs: Baron, Hotspur and Othello, were particular favorites of these respective breeds.

    Mr. Miller, a faithful Auburn football fan, was a life-member of the Auburn Alumni Association and was also a long-time Auburn Tiger football season ticket holder.

    Another of Mr. Miller's passions was restoring antique cars. He was a life-member of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Also, a member of Buick Club of America for 41 years and took special pride in the 1955 Buick Roadmaster Riveria 76-R two door hard-top that he and his son James showed and placed in many regional and national meets.

    Mr. Miller was a devoted husband and loving father.
    He leaves behind to cherish many memories: his beloved bride of over sixty years, Sara;
    seven children: Joseph Avery Miller III (Lisa Smith,) Catherine Elizabeth Benton (William David 'Skip' Benton,) Howard Philip Miller (Kathryn Wagner) Thomas Brown Miller (Leigh Lassiter,) James Anderson Miller, Jane Allison "Dolly" Stokes (Jeff Stokes,) John Forrest MacArthur Miller (Karen Russell;)

    ten grandchildren: Sarah Elizabeth Wagner (U.S. Army Captain Tom Wagner,) Katherine Paige Benton, Joshua David Benton, Avery Ann Miller, Thomas Jordan Lassiter Miller, John Joseph Miller, Sarah Grace Miller, Robert Allen Banks, Anna Leigh Miller and Timothy Joseph MacArthur Miller; countless friends and numerous business acquaintances.
    Mr. Miller was predeceased by his parents Mae Brown Jordan and Howard Jordan.
    Services will be held Monday, Oct. 17 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 2 Xavier Circle, Birmingham, Alabama. Visitation opens at 9:30 a.m. and the service will start at 11:00 a.m., the Reverend John G. McDonald and the Reverend Jeffrey Greer, celebrants. The family is to hold a private memorial celebration in Auburn, Alabama at a later date.
    The Miller family would like to offer special thanks to the physicians, nurses and staff of Brookwood Hospital. Likewise, the family wishes to thank the wonderful care team at Golden Living Center-Riverchase and the Greenbriar at the Altamont.
    Also a special thanks to the Birmingham Fire Department's Engine 7 crew, the medics of Rescue 3 and Rescue 15.

    Memorial gifts may be made to an engineering scholarship established in honor of Joe and Sara Miller: Joseph A. & Sara S. Miller, Jr., Civil Engineering Scholarship C/O Allyson Dozier College of Engineering Development Office 1320 Shelby Center Auburn, Alabama 36849 Services are under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel (879-3401) in Homewood.​

    Written by John "Mac" Miller
  18. GSXMEN

    GSXMEN Got Jesus?

    James - Sorry to hear of your father's passing.

    Prayer's for you and the rest of the family.
  19. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Thanks Scott
  20. cobra94r

    cobra94r Dad/Daughter Project SBB

    Awesome Picture!!! I'm sure he is up there cruzin' in a Buick of yester-year.... Looking down and smiling at his Baby-Boy....


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