Former magistrate, BOE member passes away

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INDIANAPOLIS - Magoffin County said goodbye to a former magistrate and school board member this week with the passing of Kellie Lee Miller.

Miller, 76 years old, of Royalton, served Magoffin County in an official capacity for 20 years of his life, serving two terms on the Magoffin County Fiscal Court as the magistrate for District 3 and three consecutive terms (from 1981 through 1992) on the Magoffin County School Board, serving as chairman for a time.

By serving the county in various capacities, at one point in time there were five different newly-constructed buildings with Miller’s name on the plaques.

“He had a strong desire to help people,” Miller’s brother, Sam Miller, told the Independent. “It sounds self-serving and you hear people say that all the time, but it was true. He really wanted to help, saw a need and people really supported him.”

“He was a common man,” Sam Miller said. “There wasn’t a home he wouldn’t go in and visit. He wasn’t above it.”

Sam described Miller as “the common man” who loved people, Bluegrass music and fox hunting. 

While a small group of fox hunters may call him “The Legend,” Miller was proud of the fact that he once went fox hunting with the “Father of Bluegrass,” Bill Monroe.

In addition to public service, Miller was also self-employed as a welder, and when the coal industry was booming in this area, he owned and operated coal trucks. 

Miller was a member of the New Life Worship Center in Salyersville.

He is survived by two sons, three daughters, four brothers and two sisters, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He is preceded in death by his wife, Connie Risner Miller, parents, Sam and Evalece Montgomery Miller and Bonnie Summa Miller, one son and one brother. 

Funeral services will be conducted at the Magoffin County Funeral Home tomorrow, Friday, August 25 at 1 p.m. For the full obituary, see page A4 of today’s paper.