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Keith Allen Miller

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Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 12:00 am

Keith Allen Miller, 73, passed away Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011.

He was born April 17, 1937 in Anahuac, Texas to Anthony and Mabel Bincent Miller. Keith graduated from Southwest Texas Teacher's College in San Marcos and was the catcher on the college's baseball team. He married Carolyn Cooper on Aug. 17, 1956 in San Marcos.

Keith was working as an instructor at the Brown School in San Marcos when he and Carolyn started their family. In 1960, he accepted a coaching position at the Gonzales Junior High School and moved to the Gonzales community. After a few years of coaching Keith accepted a position as the Gonzales County Truant Officer. Keith eventually became the chief probation officer in Gonzales and worked in that capacity until he opened K Automart in 1981 where he would buy and sell used cars and trucks. Keith Miller was a gruff but tender-hearted man, through the years he has helped many, many people that came to him in need of financial assistance and never turned a child away that was in need of love or protection, frequently opening his home to these children. Keith was passionate about his conservative political beliefs, so much so he ran for State Representative in the 1960s.

He loved the game of golf and as an athlete and golf enthusiast he was fairly proficient around the course. Keith enjoyed collecting guns, trading jokes, watching sporting events and supporting his children in all their endeavors, whether it was academics, twirling, cheerleading, band or golf he was 100 percent behind them. He loved his grandchildren and was very proud of all their accomplishments and the people they had become.

On Aug. 4, 2008, his loving wife Carolyn passed away and a large part of Keith's will to forge ahead had departed with her. On Jan. 22, 2011, Keith was reunited his loving wife and there will be no more loneliness, no more heartache, just love, just love.

Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law, Christi and Kenneth Leonhardt, Kelly and Ricky Lester all of Gonzales; son and daughter-in-law, Kyle and Myrlah Miller of Amarillo; grandchildren, Derrick Lester (Janelle), Kenna Leonhardt, Katie Garcia (Gabe), Jacey Lester, Loni Kay Lester, Connor Miller, great-grandchildren, Draiden Garcia, Dixie Rae and Ellie Mae Lester. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother Enoch Miller and grandchildren Abby and Bella Lester.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 26, 2011, at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home with the Rev. Andy Smith and the Rev. Kenneth Hibbs officiating. Interment will follow in Hermann Sons Cemetery. Pallbearers: Kyle Miller, Ricky Lester, Kenneth Leonhardt, Derrick Lester, Gabe Garcia and Paul Nix. Honorary pallbearers, Bill Ploetz, Bill Dumas, Bubba Hermann, and Bobby Caruthers. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Accolade Hospice, Parkinson's Research, St. Jude's Children's Hospital or charity of one's choice. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Services are under the care and direction Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, 906 St. Paul, Gonzales, TX 78629, 830-672-3232