Darrell Miller

Born on July 27, 1958

Departed on December 13, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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On Sunday, December 13, 2020, Darrell Miller, loving husband, father, and friend, passed away at the age of 62.

Darrell was born on July 27, 1958 in Marion, VA. He was a 1974 Gallatin High School graduate, received an associates degree from Volunteer State Community College, as well as Management Leadership certification from Northwestern University. He worked for the Tennessee Highway Patrol for 30 years where he retired as a Captain of Planning & Research.

Darrell had many passions and hobbies that ranged from writing poetry and gardening to mechanical work and collecting music. He was a friend to many which even extended into family-like bonds. He never met a stranger and would do anything to assist another person any way he knew how. Darrell pursued perfection within every moment or venture within his life and this was noticeable to all. His love for others was much like Jesus as it showed no regard for race, color or creed. He was a self proclaimed ‘simple man’ but his life was extraordinary all in the same breath. He was also a member of Old Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Castilian Springs.

Darrell is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cathy of Gallatin, his three children, Gloria Spears of Gallatin, Marian Evilsizer (Joe Evilsizer)of Murfreesboro, and Benjamin Miller (Ashley Miller) of Lebanon. He was a grandfather of 7: Jared Spears, Trenidy Walker, Emily Evilsizer, Halle Evilsizer, Elizabeth Evilsizer, Elijah Miller, and Addison Miller. He is also survived by his mother, Rita Miller of Gallatin. A graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Crestview Funeral Home and Memory Gardens in Gallatin, TN.

13 Comments to Darrell Miller

  1. Dana Bruce
    December 15, 2020 5:13 pm

    I worked with the Captain for THP and truly enjoyed every interaction with him. He was hilarious, loveable, likeable, respectful, generous, and tough all at the same time. A true leader that I was sorry to see leave the THP, and that I am sorry to see leave this world. RIP Captain, you will be missed sir.

  2. Tim Southerland
    December 15, 2020 8:47 pm

    One of the greatest people I’ve ever had the honor to work with. Such a humble and gifted soul that leaves a pair of shoes no one can fill.

  3. Chris McClellan
    December 15, 2020 10:17 pm

    During my service with THP I never had the pleasure of working with Darrell. Each time I spoke with him or had any dealings with him, on duty or off, he smiled and made everything a pleasure. After we’ve retired and had our gatherings Darrell was a good soul and will be missed greatly.

  4. Dave Crohn
    December 16, 2020 7:08 pm

    I was sadden to hear that Brother Darrell passed away. I considered him a great friend and neighbor. I loved helping him in his workshop and our discussions about solving all the worlds problems. We shared many common interests, among other things, repairing anything mechanical and our love of music. He will be missed and I will always think of him as a positive influence in my life and I’m sure many others.

  5. Cleo Spears
    December 18, 2020 11:09 am

    Dear family so sorry for your loss.Darrell was a fine man. Bought a push mower from him a few years ago.Still using it may God comfort each and everyone of you.Love and prayers Cleo and Shirley Spears

  6. Connie Alexander
    December 18, 2020 11:06 pm

    Oh my goodness… WHY? You had just begun the “ good part”…,you and I saw our boys through some stupid things… but more importantly , was how you made my mom feel so special every Christmas… I am going to miss our conversations and your smile… Good job Darrell… rest easy friend…

  7. Carter MacFarland
    December 19, 2020 9:03 am

    Darrell – I wil forever miss you and the times we had growing up from Motorcycle adventures to seeing our loved ones at Vanderbilt Critical Care. This poem to me best describes you from John Walter Wayland – You were a TRUE GENTLEMAN!

    The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.

    – John Walter Wayland

  8. Terrie Woodward
    December 19, 2020 10:13 pm

    Darrell has known my family since he worked with my mom in Nashville years ago. He was a simple man. He didn’t carry a cell phone and wasn’t on FB. He LOVED family and friends.One of my favorite memories was when he made a pecan pie every year for my mother at Christmas. He and Cathy would deliver it promptly every year. And I personally know his son Ben. He was friends with my daughter, Katherine. He would spend some time at our house. You can always tell about the parents from their children’s behavior. Ben is top notch which is a direct reflection of his parents,
    Heaven sure gained a great angel. Until we meet again.
    RIP Darrell

  9. Luther Frank Wright
    December 21, 2020 3:47 pm

    Darrell, you were a great friend of our family for many years! You will be missed for sure and always remembered. Praying for the family during this time ~ Luther F Wright

  10. James Chaney
    December 22, 2020 10:15 am

    Darrell and I worked together when I first started with the state. We worked the midnight shift together and it was never boring. He always had a smile and could turn around a bad day. He never met a stranger and he could work with anyone. I just saw him this last fall at Walmart and it was just like old times. I was preparing to retire and he told me how wonderful it would be. He was right! He will be greatly missed and I will miss our conversations. Rest easy in Heaven Darrell!

  11. Penny Tucker
    December 22, 2020 10:21 pm

    I’m so heart broken for each of you. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time. The last time I saw Darrell was at Old Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. I’m a phone call away if any of you need anything.

  12. Sonny Deaton
    December 22, 2020 11:32 pm

    So sad to hear this.

  13. Sonny Deaton
    December 22, 2020 11:42 pm

    So sad to hear this.
    RIP Darrell

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