Bill Miller, pioneering Goodyear employee, dies

Posted on January 7, 2014

William "Bill" Russell Miller, former vice president of governmental personnel relations at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., died on Dec. 26, 2013, in Cocoa Beach, Fla., after a lengthy illness. He was 91.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, his family believes he was the first African-American vice president at a major rubber company.

Miller was born in Albany, Ky., on April 6, 1922. After graduating from high school, he served his country in World War II in the South Pacific as a technical sergeant with the United States Army.

Going to college on the G.I. Bill, he graduated with a bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University and received his Masters of Science degree from The University of Akron.

Beginning at the Goodyear atomic energy plant in Piketon, Ohio, Miller climbed the corporate ladder to become a vice president. He retired in 1987, but remained active in various business ventures and consultancies. He served on more than 19 boards, six of which he chaired.

Miller was preceded in death by his parents, Flossie O'Della (nee Sprouls) and John "Dude" Miller; his three brothers, Johnnie, Lyle and Richard Miller; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Williams.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 18 years, Edith; children Richard Ross, Anita Rankin (William), Rosanne Miller-Cleveland and Shana Miller; sisters Imogene Moffett and Sally Mae McDougal (Robert); and grandchildren Stefani Fullum, Anthony (Shelli) Fullum, Royce Cleveland and Amanda Cleveland. Miller also was a loving great-grandfather to Castor and Dakota Cleveland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the William R. and Edith Pitt-Stamps Miller Endowment Fund (777450), c/o Tennessee State University Foundation, 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209. For more information, click here.

Related Topics: obituary

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
The retail business may be the foundation, but Point S Battle Mountain Tire and Auto Service wants to expand its commercial footprint. That means hauling tires to its customers’ locations or work sites is a regular task.
Article From Miner to Tire Dealer

Walt Holland comes from a family of miners. Growing up he worked in the uranium mine his father owned, and he went on to spend 30 years working in Nevada’s gold, silver and copper mines. He eventually became a mine operations manager for Newmont Mining Corp., one of the largest mining companies in the U.S.

The employees of family-owned Iowa Tire Sales are (front, left to right): Betty Howard, owner, bookkeeper; Kassie Howard, office manager; Scarlett, helper and granddaughter; Jeremy Howard, owner; Sydney Howard, front desk manager; (back, left to right): Gary Reneker, service technician; John Mineart, alignment technician; Corbin Kissling, tire technician; Jeff Thomas, tire technician; Austin Gire, ag tire technician; and Tyler Krumboltz, tire technician.
Article Iowa Tire Sales Helps Keep Growers in Their Fields with Top-notch Service

Iowa Tire Sales Co. sells tires for everything from lawn mowers to mining equipment. But agricultural tires and the growers who own them are special to store owner Jeremy Howard.

Toyo says aggressive side protectors molded into the sidewall protect the new M588 tire from cut damage by rocks, and from the continued use of snow chains in severe winter regions.
Product Toyo Introduces M588 On/Off-Road Drive Tire

The new M588 heavy duty on/off-road drive tire Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. is designed for severe service applications including oil, gas, mining, and logging operations.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from MTD delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the tire industry and don't miss a thing!