James Tresslyn Miller

April 21, 1938 –

Sept. 24, 2013

J. T. Miller was born April 21, 1938 in Dallas, Texas to O’Rene (Billings) and James Richard Miller. He graduated from South Oak Cliff High School (1956) and attended North Texas State University. He served in the United States Army as a Warrant Officer, both state-side and in Germany.

After the army years, he began his many years of association with Highland Park Cafeteria in Dallas. Beginning on the serving line, he later became assistant manager at the original location on Knox St. and then their Sakowitz location. Ultimately, he opened the Casa Linda location of HPC.

In 1980, he joined his family’s business, Goodman Music, serving as general manager of that company’s various piano and organ stores in the DFW area. In 1997, he began his association with Cingular/AT&T Mobil just as the cell phone industry was emerging. He worked in sales initially and moved into sales management, working at several established locations as well as opening their Town East store and their North Park store. Throughout his career, he most enjoyed working with people and being of service. He was most proud of his ability to identify and recruit potential sales talent and mentor the  growth of that talent.

J.T. was a member and seeker of Central Presbyterian Church, Waxahachie, where he was a long-time teacher of various adult Sunday School classes as well as serving as an Elder. His faith and his church family were a source of strength for him.

J.T. was preceded in death by his father, James Richard Miller; his mother, O’Rene Billings Miller Goodman; his step-father, Lonnie Darwin Goodman; his son, James Darwin Miller and his brother, Andy Miller.

J.T. is survived by his wife of 39 years, Benita Fenter Miller. His also survived by his son, Tresslyn Wayne Miller of Frisco and his daughter, Hilary Locke and son-in-law Gerard Locke of Mesquite; his sister and brother-in-law, Darrene and Ernie Bryant of Duncanville; his brother and sister-in-law, Lonnie and Cheryl Goodman of Irving. He is also survived by sisters-in-law and brothers-in law John and Vicki Fenter of McKinney and Valeria and Danny Edwards of Lubbock. He is survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren as well as eight nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held for J.T. at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Restland Memorial Park, Dallas.

A memorial service to celebrate J. T.’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Central Presbyterian Church, Waxahachie with the Rev. Matt Curry officiating.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at Wayne Boze Funeral Home, Waxahachie.