FORT WORTH-Norman Miller, a lifelong Fort Worth resident, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 with his family at his bedside.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Brown Owen Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Norman was born Sunday, September 27, 1953 to the late Geofrey Ion and Pauline Annie Miller. He attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth. He attended college at Tarrant County College, and received his State Auctioneer license in 1979. With his brother Warren, they sold antiques and estates at auction. Drew, his only child, was born in 1983, while Mr. Miller worked as a carpenter. In 1978, he started shaping hats in Longview, Texas, and soon after started his career in shining boots and shoes. He shined throughout the historic Stockyards at Billy Bob’s Texas and at the Longhorn Saloon, plus outdoors at all the festivals. For over 30 years he shined boots at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, along with all the major Western events at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. He also took his portable shine throne to work and applied his boot shining abilities at numerous world and international horse shows in Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and in Mississippi.
Norman Miller never met a stranger. He carried on great conversations and shared pearls of wisdom with the movers and shakers at every location, and yet he was always a friend indeed, to those having troubles in their own lives. His customers left his shine booth with clean shoes and a refreshed soul. Mr. Miller’s hobbies included fishing, gardening, bicycle riding, and especially drawing. He drew some type of picture every day. Mr. Miller was adopted. His biological family came into his life in his early 40s.
Norman Miller is preceded in death by his father Geofrey Ion Miller and mother Pauline Annie Williams Miller; biological mother, Barbara Moreno; and a brother.
Survivors: He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Hearn Miller; son, Norman Andrew Miller; and his brother, Brock “Charlie” Miller; his biological father, Shorty Moreno; six sisters; one brother; brothers-in-law, Matt Hearn and Andrew Hearn; numerous nieces and nephews and our chosen sister, Blanche Waters and husband, David; and many friends.
Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.