Charles Franklin Miller

Published 10:30 am Tuesday, September 12, 2023

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Charles Franklin Miller, 69, of Johnson City, passed away on September 8, 2023, peacefully at his home surrounded by family.
A native of Washington County, Charles was born on February 21, 1954, to the late John A. and Cinderella (Henley) Miller. He grew up in Jonesborough, Tenn., graduated from David Crockett High School, and received his BS degree in Industrial Technology at ETSU.
For the last 40 years he worked alongside his father and son at Colonial Machinery Sales, Inc. as Vice President and President of the family business, buying, refurbishing and selling industrial woodworking machinery. He was regarded as one of the industry experts, and has provided guidance and information to many furniture and woodworking businesses worldwide.
Charles was an avid fisherman and never missed the opportunity to be out on the water with his son Jonathan and brother-in-law Kent! He loved wading the Nolichucky River, and bass fishing on various lakes. He was also an excellent billiards player, winning several tournaments. However, the thing that brought him the most joy was seeing and playing with his grandchildren, Mason and McCoy.
Survivors include his son, Jonathan Charles Miller and wife Lauran, grandson, Mason Charles, and granddaughter, McCoy Rose Miller, all of Jonesborough, Tenn.; sister, Susan Miller Thompson and husband Kent of Piney Flats, Tenn.; step-daughter, Liza Christine Gibbs and husband Chris, and step-granddaughter, Tia Laws, all of Fletcher, N.C.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He also leaves behind his long time companion and girlfriend, Elena Coelho of Gray.
Visitation will be held at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home on Saturday, September 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, September 17, at Telford United Methodist Church Cemetery at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be sent to the Miller family online at
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, (423) 753-3821.

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