Former NACS Chairman Dies at 87

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Former NACS Chairman Dies at 87

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Former NACS chairman of the board, George C. Miller Jr., died April 30 at the age of 87 in his summer home in Virginia Beach, Va., following a brief illness, NACS reported.

Miller, the 1983-84 NACS chairman, was also the chairman of the board of directors for Miller Enterprises Inc., a company founded in 1922 in Crescent City, Fla., by his father, George C. Miller Sr. Miller Enterprises grew to 150 Handy Way and SuperValu stores, 12 Miller's Supermarkets, one of the country's largest privately-held petroleum distributorships, and an ice plant, according to NACS. Miller retired from Miller Enterprises in 1983, which was sold in 1999.

During his time as NACS chairman, Miller oversaw the NACS Show's growth, which more than doubled its highest previous attendance in 1984, drawing 6,994 attendees to Los Angeles, NACS reported. In addition, the size of the show exceeded 100,000 net square feet for the first time, almost doubling the previous record of 56,000 net square feet.

Miller attended Duquesne University, located in Pittsburgh, but left before finishing to enlist in the United States Navy in 1941. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1941 through 1945, achieving the rank of chief petty officer. After being discharged from active duty, he remained in the Naval Reserve, and was commissioned an Ensign. In 1987, Miller was awarded Duquesne University's honorary bachelors degree in business administration, the only one ever awarded by the university. He also was named a distinguished alumnus, according to NACS.

Outside of his service at NACS, Miller served as chairman of the board of Certified Grocers of Florida Inc.; and was president of the Retail Grocers Association of Florida. He also served on the Putnam County School Board, Crescent City Commission, Crescent City Rotary Club, Bethune-Cookman College board of trustees, The Bolles School of Trustees, the Chamber of Commerce and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Miller is survived by his wife, Irene P. Miller; sons George C. "Skip" Miller III, Thomas A. Miller, Daniel L. Miller and Joseph E. Miller; daughters Susan E. Miller and Deborah England; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.