Viola was born to Dock and Pinola (Presnell) Duckett in Hartford, Tennessee. She was a former member of Kirk Hills Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, where over several decades and at various times she faithfully served as nursery coordinator, choir member, deacon, and elder. In recent years she was a member of Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church in Kingsport. She was a retired employee of Washington Pike United Methodist Church in Knoxville where she enjoyed many years of devoted service. Viola also showed her love of people and community through her many volunteer activities – as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, visiting the ill and elderly, and as a volunteer at various organizations and numerous neighborhood events. As her mobility decreased in recent years, she phased in a robust and much-appreciated greeting card and telephone outreach to her friends and loved ones. She had a lively, inquisitive, and humorous personality and was well-known for her bright smile and amazingly positive attitude. She was a kind person with a sharp mind and a deep and abiding Christian faith, and among her spiritual gifts were discernment, encouragement, and service. She loved the outdoors and nature and in her younger years enthusiastically hiked and camped with church and family, maintained a plentiful vegetable and fruit garden, and nurtured one of the prettiest yards on her street with abundant and vibrant flowers and shrubs. She intensely appreciated all kinds of music and for many years was a keen fan of WIVK radio and its many concerts. In the late 1990’s she became a passionate fan and supporter of WDVX radio in Knoxville, with bluegrass music being her special favorite.
She was predeceased by her parents; Dock and Pinola Duckett; sisters, Virginia Decker, Della Fling, Edith Turner, and Ila Lee Hodge; brothers, Homer Duckett, Hugh L. Duckett, Patton Duckett, Charles Duckett; and her ex-husband, Auton N. Miller.
She is survived by her children, Norma Jean Miller, Brent (Patty) Miller, Berl (Cathy) Miller, and Brenda Kaye Clark (Steve); grandchildren, Travis (Christy) Miller, Cody (Jennifer) Miller, Jennifer Sampson, and Neil Sampson; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn (Miller) Barnett, Aubryn and Abigail Markl, and Olivia and Bennett Miller; sister, Alene Hodge and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends also survive. She had a heart full of love and was much-loved in return by her family and her many friends.
The family will receive family and friends from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Friday, March 9, 2018, in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral and Cremation Services, 800 Truxton Drive, Kingsport, TN.
The Funeral Service will follow in the chapel with Rev. Shane Smith officiating.
The Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 10, 2018, in The Garden of the Good Shepherd of Oak Hill Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers she requested donations to your church or favorite charity.
The care of Viola Duckett Miller and her family has been entrusted to the staff of Oak Hill Funeral and Cremation Services.