Atticus Franklin “Atti” Miller, 31, of Paris, Texas, died suddenly April 8, 2019, in Dallas Texas. He was born Nov. 21, 1987, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to Frank Henslee Miller and Anne Stevens Miller.
He attended North Lamar elementary schools, Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in Tyler, Lindale High School and graduated at the IMG Academy of Golf in Bradenton, Florida. He then enrolled at Trinity University in San Antonio, earning a Bachelor’s degree in business and studying international business abroad at La Universidad Pablo De Olavide in Seville, Spain (2008).
Atticus loved a challenge. He was the CEO of Cooper Propane (The Propane Company), Red River Transport and Delta Logistics and was chairman of the board at First National Bank of Cooper.
But when he was not working, he most enjoyed nature and being outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer, water skier and snow boarder, and in his younger days loved playing baseball with his friends. He was an enthusiastic reader, collecting classic and antique books. His Excalibur car was a prized possession, and generally had Elvis streaming from the speakers.
Atticus was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America in Paris, Troop 2, where he obtained his Order of the Eagle rank. He went on many adventures both near and far and earned many badges. Atticus continued his father’s legacy of supporting BSA, giving our youth the same opportunities he had for becoming a future leader in our community.
But Atticus’s personality was his best feature. His uncanny ability to lighten the mood, change the beat or simply make you feel welcome never went unnoticed. If all else failed, he would just make a Chewbacca noise, and put the awkward silence into a whole new light! His presence was always felt, and is already terribly missed.
Atticus is survived by his mother, Anne Stevens Miller of Lindale, Texas; sister Jessica Nation Holtman and husband, Gary, and brother, Chase Nation, both of Paris, Texas; a niece, Gracie Holtman of Paris, Texas; second mom, Stacy Miller of Paris; and sister-in-law JuJu Miller of Dallas; his aunts, Judy Miller Falls, and husband, Sam, of Cooper, Texas, and Jan Phillips and JR Riderick of Houston, Texas; cousins, Austin Vaughan and wife, Tobi, of Midlothian, Texas, and Callie Falls Sonntag and husband, Kip, and Matthew Falls and wife, Jolene, all of Cooper, Texas; a great-aunt, Becky Young of Dallas; plus many other extended family members and a plentitude of friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, Frank H. Miller; his brother, Quentin Stevens Miller; his paternal grandparents, Quentin and Catherine Miller of Cooper; and his maternal grandparents, Robert and Dorothy Stevens of Longview, Texas.
Judy Falls and Jan Phillips invite those who knew Atticus as a friend, family, colleague, customer and business associate to attend a gathering in celebration of his life on April 25, 2019; 3 to 6 p.m. at Heritage Hall Event Center, 1009 W. Kaufman St., Paris, Texas.
If so desired, a memorial may be made to the Boy Scouts of America via our local representative, Brian Lamirande, by phone at 214-215-8987 or email at [email protected] or to the Delta County Public Library, 300 W. Dallas St., Cooper, TX 75432.