Celebrating the life of longtime Judge Mike Miller
None like ever before. Those who knew Mike Miller knew he was an extraordinary man.
Friends and family knew he served Marshall County and the state of Kentucky for 40 years as a dedicated public servant. Friday afternoon, the Marshall County High School auditorium filled with those who came to pay their respects.
Those who attended the afternoon funeral chose to celebrate his life and legacy.
Miller was the youngest and longest-serving Judge ever elected in Kentucky. With memory of his public service, his family asked several to officiate and speak at the funeral: Brian Roy, Deputy Director of KACo, Kentucky Representative Will Coursey, Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen speaking on behalf of Governor Steve Beshear, and Bro. Joel Frizzell closing the ceremony.
First to speak, Brian Roy offered his condolences and sympathies to the family Miller leaves behind. Roy also shared for the first time with Miller’s family and friends a letter written by Former President Bill Clinton, “Mike was truly one-of-a-kind he will long be remembered for his deep devotion to the people county I was privileged to meet him more than 30 years ago.”
Rep. Will Coursey reminisced in light hearted, emotional stories of who Coursey remembers as his ‘adopted’ father. He told stories of how Judge Miller would make a young Coursey do manual labor in the state parks as punishment, and hand out cash to those who needed Miller’s financial help, “Some days I didn’t know if I was working in the Judge’s office or the ‘Bank of Miller’.”
The auditorium was at standing room only, and Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen shared words on behalf of Governor Steve Beshear, “His kindness and thoughtfulness were legendary, his passing is a terrible loss not only for family and friends but also for Marshall County and the Commonwealth.”
Friend and Former Governor Paul Patton spoke, joining in remembering Coursey’s stories and speaking of the great friendship he shared with Miller. Patton said, “He was certainly an exceptional person and you have every right to be proud of him and he will not be forgotten not be forgotten by the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and I was blessed to of called them him friend.”
Closing the ceremony was brother Joel Frizzell who spoke of Miller’s love for his family, his faith, and his people. Frizzell reflected what many questioned with Miller’s passing, ‘How do you replace Mike Miller?’ and offered a prayer in the spirit of doing right by Miller.
After the service, all service departments, friends, and family followed the procession to Judge Miller’s internment in Hardin at Pace Cemetery.
There has been no replacement named for Judge Miller as of now.