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John Patrick Miller

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Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 9:53 am | Updated: 9:54 am, Sun Apr 15, 2018.

November 29, 1954 - April 10, 2018


John Patrick Miller, 63, of El Maton, Texas passed peacefully in his home on April 10, 2018.  He was born in Waco, Texas on November 29, 1954 to Joseph and Laura Ferrell Miller.  John graduated from Cleveland High School (Texas) in 1973.  

John met and swept Barbara Davis off her feet at a dance in Houston in 1977.  They were married and shared an adventurous 40 years of dancing, camping, rodeos, their kids, grandkids and so much more.

After 32 years as an operator for Phillips 66, he retired in 2013.  Of all his work accomplishments he was most proud that he was never late a single day in those 32 years.

The Lord gave John a passion for helping others, especially the youth of Matagorda County and around Texas, teaching them skills, character and hard work.  He was an Expos Little League Coach, formed a cub scout group in Matagorda, founded the Thundering Hooves/Texas Thunder 4-H Mounted Drill Teams, the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys Drill Team, and helped found the Phillips 66 Employee Benefit BBQ Cookoff. His longest service was with the Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association, in which he volunteered for over 20 years in various capacities.   

Preceding him in death are his mother, Laura James; stepfather, Jodie James; sisters, Jo Lynn James and Jimmie Srubar; father, Joseph Miller, and niece, Tami Dabney.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Jennifer Miller and Samantha Denbow; son, John (Brooke) Miller; grandchildren, Annie Tyler, Peyton Miller, JasePatrick Denbow, and soon to be Cole Miller; brother, Bill Miller (Angleton); in-laws, A.C. and Bernice Davis; and many extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 Thursday April 12, 2018 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas.

Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

Officiating the service is his pastor, JimBo Warren of Coastal Plains Cowboy Church.

Pallbearers are Donnie Dawes, Michael McCrory, Phillip Gates, Tony Gray, Max Howell and Josh Wagner. 

Special thanks to El Campo Hospice staff, the nurses of Matagorda Regional and all his friends and family who stepped forward to help during his illness. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas; 979-245-4613.

Luke 23:43 “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”