Terry L. Miller

September 10, 1946
July 31, 2018
Charleston, West Virginia

Terry L. Miller

Terry Lee Miller, 71, of Charleston, lost his 6+ year battle with brain cancer Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at the Hubbard Hospice House with his loving family by his side.  Born September 10, 1946, in Parkersburg, Terry was the son of Barbara Jean Miller Dennis of Belpre, Ohio.  Preceding him in death was his precious grandmother, Winnie O’Dell Oliver; brother, Dale Eugene Miller; and infant son, Michael Miller.

Left to cherish his memory is his devoted wife, Terasa; daughter, Tara O’Dell Miller of Parkersburg; son, Kevin Wayne Miller and wife Aimee of Parkersburg; son, Jamie Lee Miller and wife Sarah “Sami” of Cross Lanes; daughter, Camilla Jean Miller of Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter, Sabrina Dawn Miller of Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter, Teagan Leigh Miller of Charleston; and daughter, Terynn Lynn Miller of Charleston; 16 grandchildren, Brent Miller, Tristan Miller, Sierra Loftis, Tiley Miller, Zachary Miller, Michael Miller, Madison Miller, Alexander Miller, Devan Wilson, Sierra Deem, Abigail Wilson, Jaylin Wilson, Logan Deem, Jamie Miller II, Dakota Deem and Noah Miller; 3 great grandchildren, Lyla Miller, Cyruss Wolfe and Julian Miller; sister, Becky Dennis of Parkersburg; aunt, Donna Solano of Jacksonville, FL; niece, Brandi Dennis; nephew, Daryl Miller; cousin, Minda Budney; and several great nieces.  Lastly, his loyal English Springer Spaniel, Bentley, will continue to wait for his return.

Terry graduated from Parkersburg High School with the class of 1965.  He served in the United States Air Force as a Sergeant from 1965-1969.  He was a graduate of West Virginia State College, with a bachelors degree in criminal justice, and a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy.

Terry retired as a Lieutenant from the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Office in July 2004 and moved to Charleston to marry his wife and continue his career. He actively worked on the campaign, and thereafter, for Governor Joe Manchin where he served as the Director of Homeland Security during Hurricane Katrina, and as the Executive Director of the Regional Jail Authority.  He also continued to work as a police officer for the Kanawha County Parks and Yeager Airport, and was currently employed with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office as a civilian employee.  He served with honor for a total of 43 years as a law enforcement officer.

Terry was extremely proud to serve as the State President of the West Virginia Deputy Sheriffs Association for 16 1/2 years. He also served on the Governor’s Law Enforcement Training sub-committee; as President of the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association; Second Vice-President, Secretary and Chaplain of the Fraternal Order of Police, Blennerhassett Lodge 79; and as a Trustee of the WV Investment Management Board.  However, it was his service as a board member on the Consolidated Public Retirement Board that led him to meet his wife, Terasa, and, in turn, require him to submit his resignation from the Board in order for her to agree to go on a date.

Terry not only had a distinguished career in law enforcement, but was the driving force behind many legislative efforts that affected deputy sheriffs and law enforcement officers across the State of WV.  He proudly lobbied the Legislature for deputy sheriffs and other law enforcement officers for over 40 years.  His most cherished accomplishment was his involvement in the creation of the Deputy Sheriff Retirement System in 1998, and the legislation passed (SB 501) during the 2018 Legislative session which significantly increases the retirement benefits for current and future deputy sheriffs across the State of WV.  What a wonderful achievement to occur prior to leaving his earthly body.

Terry loved the Lord, loved his large family, attended Bible Center Church and was an avid Mountaineer fan.  He deeply cherished attending Mountaineer football games with his family.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.Saturday, August 4, at Bible Center Church, 100 Bible Center Drive, South Charleston, WV, 25309.  A memorial service celebrating his life will begin at 4:00 p.m. with Pastors Matt Friend and Richard Thompson officiating, and Pastor Robert Ballard blessing us with song. A committal ceremony will follow at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the compassionate physicians and staff of the Duke Cancer Center, specifically Dr. Annick Desjardins, CAMC Cancer Center and CAMC Memorial 5 South.  In addition, a special heartfelt thank you to J. Michael Adkins for without his constant friendship and care throughout this medical journey, Terry would not have survived for as long as he did.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations for the college fund of Teagan and Terynn Miller.  Checks must be made payable to Terasa Miller and mailed to: Huntington Bank, 280 Southridge Blvd., South Charleston, WV 25309. Please write in the memo line “Miller College Fund”.

Memories of Terry may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary.  Snodgrass Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

9 replies
  1. Darlene Carns Castelli says:

    Terry and Terasa were my great neighbors years ago. Thinking of you and the kids. Love and hugs

  2. Jill Hampton says:

    Thinking of you all in this time of sorrow. Heaven will be a little brighter with Terrys smile greeting everyone!

  3. rick modesitt says:

    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of FOP brother and long time friend. He served his community well. May he now rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

    Rick Modesitt
    Parkersburg, WV

  4. Faye Harkins says:

    Sorry for your loss Teresa he will be missed. Prayers to you and the girls at this time. Sorry I can’t be there tomorrow but you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love Faye

  5. Chuck Mills says:

    So sorry Jamie i knew what your dad meant to you, had some fond memories of your dad, if you need anything im here for ya.

  6. Camilla Miller says:

    My dad and my hero he was always a fighter through all the years of chemo. I am proud to call this man my father. I miss him and love him very much.


    I will miss seeing Terry @ St. Assoc. Meetings, & my trip’s to Yeager Airport.
    I considered him a very good friend & brother in Law Enforcement.

    All of Terry’s family are in my prayer’s..

  8. Lindsay Coffey says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Terry. He was a great man and very good friend to my dad, Bob. My prayers to the Miller family.

  9. Robin Blankenship-Nichols says:

    To all the family. I have known Terry since I was born. I will be 54 this year. He was always wonderful to me. He was at my wedding almost 25 yrs. ago. He was a best friend to my Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Robin Blankenship-Nichols and family.

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