Sunday, January 28, 2007


As I’ve just pretty much hung up my newspapering spurs, Dr. Robert Miller, Class of ’56 and ex-tuba player (well, actually, technically, a Sousaphone) has hung up his drill.

Yesterday, Saturday, 1/28/07, “the girls” – his professional staff – threw a Goodbye Reception in his honor. The venue was Ann’s Bridal Boutique, the Rose Room, and a goodly crowd showed up.

Among those of note …. former County Judge Bob Parish (Left) and Judge Bill Mills …

The Class of 59’s Larry Haile, whom I’ve not laid eyes on since 1956 (he’s married to the former Judy Butler, who was there, too).

Mary Kathryn Van Patten James and her husband, Larry, were there. Mary Kay grabbed my camera and got this shot of Larry and me.

Also on hand were Robert’s oldest sister, Martha, who came up from Grand Prarie, TX, just for the event, and Nancy Patterson, one of Robert’s sisters, herself a successful dentist locally.

Robert and Marge’s eldest son, Kenny, made the only speech of the day. With his Dad’s staff lined up behind him, Kenny paid tribute to his Dad as “a great role model” for him and his siblings.

Especially sorry to see Robert go were the members of this staff, past and present. Here’s Ronda Edwards, Katie Latimer, Martha Patton, and Shelley Berg. Only Katie is staying on with Dr. Paul Teeg, the man who bought Robert’s practice.

And, finally … the whole family. From left to right, Richard Miller, here from Tontitown, AR, Kenny Miller, in from St. Louis, Marge and Robert, daughters Patty Allison (San Angelo, TX) and Missy Wolfe (Montgomery, AL).

Each table, incidentally, had as its centerpiece a chunk of Robert’s quite artistic wood-turning, like this decanter.

To see more of this marvelously creative work from Robert, go to (a site put together by son, Kenny).

Bye, bye, Bobby (a name I never dared use in high school)!


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