Charles (“Charlie”) Lee Miller, Jr., 65, loving husband of Debra Gail (Rambo) Miller for 36 years, died peacefully in his home on Thursday, November 12, after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. Charlie was born January 1, 1955, in Cameron, West Virginia. He served the United States Marine Corps for 27 years having retired in 2003 as a Master Sergeant. He also retired in 2018 from MCCS as the Manager of the Theater on Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune in Jacksonville, NC.
Charlie is survived by 4 daughters, Daveta Miller (Cocoa, FL), Stephanie Miller (Cookeville, TN), Taira Aviles (Nelson) (Cherry Point, NC) and Galan Turansky (Ben) (Cleveland, OH), 10 Grandchildren, 1 Great-Grandchild, 2 brothers – Mike Miller (Tracy) (Georgetown, KY) and Rusty Miller (Tampa, FL), 2 sisters, Cindy Cain (Robert) (Cameron, WV) and Kimmie Coffee (Paul) (Cameron, WV), nieces, nephews and his in-laws, Doyle and Cathy Rambo of Lexington, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sheryl Gorby, step-father, Larry Gorby, and 1 brother, Dean Miller. Charlie was a member of Devotion Lodge #160 in Lexington, KY, a Shriner with membership with the Oleika Shrine Temple in Lexington, KY, and a member of Jacksonville #327 Order of the Eastern Star. He was a Christian, having been baptized into Christ at a young age and a member of First Christian Church in Lexington, KY.
Charlie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October 1973 and graduated recruit training from Parris Island, SC. He immediately reported to Quantico, Virginia for Motor Transport Operator School. Following his assignment at Quantico he was transferred to Okinawa, Japan where he took part in Operation Frequent Wind, evacuating American personnel from Vietnam. Upon returning from Japan he served as a Drill Instructor at Parris Island, SC from 1978 – 1981. After completing his tour of duty on the drill field he was transferred to the 1st Marine Brigade in Hawaii where he deployed to Lebanon for contingency operations.
After completing Recruiting School in San Diego, CA he served as a Marine Recruiter at RS Louisville, Kentucky. Following recruiting duty, he was transferred to 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC. Shortly thereafter, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia for operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was then sent overseas to serve as Motor Transport Chief for Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 in Iwakuni, Japan. He returned to the Carolinas serving as Transport Chief for Wing Support Squadron 271, Marine Air Station, Cherry Point. Prior to his retirement, he returned to Camp LeJeune for reassignment to 5th Battalion, 10th Marines as the Motor Transport Chief. His personal awards included the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star in lieu of the second award.
Charlie loved his family, loved his children, absolutely adored his grandchildren but above all loved his wife Debra with all his heart. He was a friend to all and often opened his home to family and friends for swimming parties, pig pickins’ and football games. He supported his favorite West Virginia sports teams and his wife Debra’s favorite University of Kentucky basketball team. He enjoyed cook-outs, camping and beach time with the family. Charlie is now resting and at peace in the presence of the Lord, and for that we too have peace.
Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home, 303 Chaney Avenue in Jacksonville, on Thursday, December 3, with a Masonic Funeral at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Scott Turansky on Friday, December 4 at 12:00 noon with visitation at 11:00 a.m until the time of the service. Marine Corps Honors will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the following:
USO, (in memory of MSgt (Ret.) Charles L. Miller, Jr., USMC), USO NC Jacksonville, 9 Tallman Street, Jacksonville, NC 28540
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OR -- Vidant Foundation (Cancer Care Wigs in Memory of Charles Miller), 690 Medical Drive, Greenville, NC 27835.
Acknowledgements for contributions to be sent to: 203 Audubon Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28546
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