Published in The Capital Gazette on Apr. 12, 2017
James Rolland Miller
James Rolland Miller, 95, passed away peacefully at his
home in Mayo, Md. on April 1, 2017 with his loving wife,
Rachael Iola Miller, by his side.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry B. Miller and
Josephine Miller and sister Doris Miller Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Ollie Miller of 58 years, his
sister-in-laws, Emily F. Carr, Ann F. King, brother-in-law,
Ben W. Carr, nieces, Pam W.Carr, Wendy M. Carr, Jill W.
Carr, Sherry S. Sechler, Bridget S. Roth and numerous
great and great, great nephews and nieces.
Jim was born in Shepardstown, WV. on May 31,1921. He grew up in Washington, DC. and
attended Mckinley High School (1939) where he was an avid sportsman playing on their
baseball, basketball and football teams.
After graduation, Jim proudly served his country as a Motor Machinist Mate in the United States
Coast Guard during WW2 in the Pacific. He was injured in battle when the Japanese sunk his
LST ship in Vella Lavella. Jim went on to receive the distinguished Purple Heart for his gallant
service before returning to active duty in Pearl Harbor. He was honorably discharged from the
Coast Guard after four years of dedicated service.
After the war he attended Southeastern University where he graduated with a degree in
Business Administration. Upon graduating from college, Jim held sales careers with American
Airlines, Hare Brothers Auto Parts and the Autoline Oil Company. In 1969, Jim became the
Branch Manager and later the Assistant Vice President of the First Federal Savings and Loan
in Annapolis, Md. In 1975 he opened The Chifforobe with his partner and wife, Ollie Miller. In
1990 Jim began working at the Anne Arundel County Public Library until his retirement in 2011.
Jim will always be remembered for his agreeable demeanor, his great sense of humor, his
dapper style and his winsome smile. His good nature and charming personality attracted
people the moment he walked into a room. He had the ability to endlessly engage everyone
around him with interesting (and often witty) conversations about all subjects. Jim lived his life at
his own pace, on his own terms and with a charismatic and carefree spirit. He was a true
gentleman who will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
The burial was a private service.
In lieu of flowers the family members ask that donations be made in care of Hospice of the
Chesapeake (90 Richie Highway, Pasadena, Md.21122).