Joseph Charles ‘Joey’ Miller Jr., 59, had a deep appreciation for science and space

Joseph Charles 'Joey' Miller Jr.
Joseph Charles ‘Joey’ Miller Jr.

Joseph Charles ‘Joey’ Miller Jr., 59, passed away Saturday June 15, 2019, in Norfolk.

Joey is survived by his mother, Doris Miller of Virginia Beach; twin daughters, Jackie Miller of Virginia Beach and Jamie Miller of Virginia Beach; granddaughter, Mackenzie Mason; three sisters, Maureen Larrabee of Norfolk, Theresa Davis of Illinois and Judy Starling of Virginia Beach; two nieces, Cheryl Larrabee and Cristie Key; four nephews, Brian Larrabee, Michael Starling Jr., Lonnie Widing and Nathan Widing; three great-nieces and great-nephews; and longtime partner, Sherry Swafford. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Charles Miller Sr. of Virginia Beach; maternal grandparents, Ruby and Ralph Hamill; and paternal grandparents, “Nellie” and “Flay” Clary.

Joseph C. Miller Jr., was born January 31, 1960, in Norfolk to Doris and Joseph Miller. Joey graduated from Bayside High School in 1978. After the age of 19, he promoted to a 7th degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu. He loved competing and teaching martial arts classes when he was younger. Over time, he worked at the Ford Motor Plant in Norfolk and created a patent that earned him the title of vice president at Air Systems in Chesapeake.

Joey loved the ocean, deep sea fishing, jet skiing and taking trips with his twin daughters and longtime partner. He also had a special and deep appreciation for science, outer space, galaxies and the solar system, in addition to a love for history.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 29, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville, Virginia Beach. The service will be officiated by Celebrant Laura Barnes. In honor of Joey’s memory, you are welcome to wear his favorite color, cobalt blue.

Flowers and donations may be sent to Doris Miller c/o Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville, 4889 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

Share online condolences with the family at Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville.

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