Vivian June Billingsley Miller, age 95, of Speedwell, died peacefully in her home on
March 5, 2020. Born on March 31, 1924 in Middlesboro, KY, Vivian was raised there with her six brothers and sisters. Graduating Valedictorian from Middlesboro High School, she went to
Western Kentucky University and then to University of Louisville for her Medical Technology and teaching degrees. She headed the laboratory at Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY.
Vivian married Joseph L. (Jay) Miller on May 29, 1944, while Jay was on a furlough from
WWII. They had 3 children: Douglas Bruce, Bradford Lee and Debra Jeanne. In 1971 her family moved to Nashville, TN, where she taught at a medical technology school. Upon retirement, she opened a bookstore, ‘Book Den’, in Franklin, TN, which she sold to move to LaFollette in 1996. She was an avid reader, and also enjoyed sewing, gardening and oil painting.
Vivian is preceded in death by her parents, William and Lennie Billingsley, five siblings,
husband of 69 years Jay Miller, and son Brad Miller. Vivian is survived by one sibling, Janet
Matthews of Middlesboro, KY; two children Doug (Elleen) Miller of Roswell, GA and Deb (Jeff) Ellison of Speedwell, TN; two grandchildren, William H. Ellison ll of Chicago, IL and Elizabeth Mahaley Ellison of Speedwell, TN; three step-grandchildren Sandra VanHassel (Dan) Bunting, Alan (Lynda) VanHassel and Noel VanHassel; and four step-great-grandchildren, Jordan Bunting, Marissa, Ty and Cole VanHassel.
Vivian was beloved as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed the
LaFollette Garden Club and was a devoted member of LaFollette United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be held at Cross-Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, 3/21 from 1:00-3:00,
with the funeral following. Rev. Dr. Chris Stanfield will officiate. Interment will be at Ellison
Cemetery, Speedwell, following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be appreciated to LaFollette United Methodist Church, LaFollette, TN.
Condolences may be given online at http://www.cross-smithfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home