Tyrone Benjamin Miller

Tyrone Benjamin Miller was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on June 7, 1946, to Maxine Miller and Willie Tart. After a courageous battle with COVID 19, he peacefully passed away on April 19, 2020.

Tyrone attended Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Northern High School. He attended Macomb Community College and Wayne State University. He was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War and admirably served, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medal. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he held several short-term jobs before he began working for American Standard Corporation. He attained the position of Materials Manager. After working there about 20 years, the company relocated out of state. He subsequently began working for the Detroit Transportation Corporation (People Mover) as a Materials Manager. He worked there 17 years and retired in 2008.

Tyrone thoroughly enjoyed spending quiet time with his wife Verna, traveling, family dinners, holiday gatherings, picnics and a good political or sports debate. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. They were the joy of his life and brought a smile to his soul. When not spending time with family, Tyrone could be found on the sofa watching sports on TV. He loved the Michigan teams both professional and collegiate. His favorite sports were football, basketball, baseball, and golf. However, he would even watch soccer, bowling or tennis if his favorite sports were unavailable on TV.

He was loved by everyone who knew him because of his compassionate and gentle spirit. He found good in everyone no matter the circumstances.

Tyrone leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory, his beloved wife Verna, his Stepmother Atha Logan; Children, Christopher Miller (Denise), Jon Campbell (Sabrina) , Gail Campbell, Samantha Miller and Kristin Miller; Grand Children, DeVante, Trint, Kaiana (Sean), Khadijah, Taylor, Ariyana, Kennedy, Jayden, Langston, Jon Jr., Saborn, Joshua, McHale, McKenzie, James and Justin; Great Grand Children TiYania, Amari, Allen, Ayiden, MiAngel, Alaynah, Asher and Karson. Sister Cheryl Washington, Brother Maurice Tart, Special Aunts Erma Crowder and Evelyn Palmer, a host of other beloved relatives and lifelong friends.

And from Jon Campbell:
It’s not hard fathering children, but to step in and be a father when a child is fatherless makes a Man! We lost that Father who me and my Sister affectionately called Papa Ty “Tyrone B. Miller”.

Papa Ty came into my life when I was about 12 years old. He was a Godsend! The support he brought made a stable home. He was a true spirit of joy and happiness. I never saw him upset, except about the LIONS. The challenges in life always worked itself out with Papa Ty.

Papa Ty thank you for bringing love and happiness into my Mom’s life for 38 years.
God knows I’m thankful for having you in my life. I would not be the man I am today without you.
Papa Ty, you rest in peace and with much love!

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please keep the family in your prayers.

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  1. I love your grandpa, I miss you. Damn I wish I could have talk to you one more time.

  2. My thoughts prayers go out to the entire Miller family. I can never repay this family for the love and support they provided to me as a child. I will always consider your families an extension of my family. Be strong and continue to love on one another. Thanks for all the memories and love. I love you all dearly.

  3. Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Bryant

    Our condolences to the Miller family. As we pray for his wife Judge Miller and family we are reminded of how we were neighbors on Houghton in Detroit. He was a strong protective father. He was an involved neighbor. Later in his life, I got the pressure of seeing him as a great grandfather. He was loved, admired, and respected. RIH Mr. Miller

  4. I love you Grandad and you will forever be remembered, I’ll always remember all of the football games you’ve tooken me too, going golfing, or playing pool in the basement, the unconditional love you showed me, the advice you given me, and all the the things you have done for me in general. This is hurting me as I write this I’m trying my best to continue. Love Devante (GrandSon) rest easy until we meet again #MyBigGuy 😢😢😢

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for all the support to me when i was younger. You treated me and my sister well,and for that..I thank you. You will be missed.

  6. Marjorie Greer McIntyre

    Heartfelt sympathies and prayers to Verna and family. Our thoughts will forever reflect upon the big smile Tyrone always greeted everyone with and his inherent kindness. He will surely be missed. Praying for your strength and comfort. 🙏

  7. Jayden Benjamin Miller

    Hey grandpa. I know you aren’t going to see this but, I love you. Thank you for being the father figure that I needed. Thank you for telling me about your stories and your experiences, for teaching me how to drive, dropping me off at my early college doing high school, making me laugh when all I felt like doing was crying. Thank you for those hugs, those words of reassurance and passion, those nicknames you gave me as a child that you still called me even if I felt like I was too grown to have them, for always looking out for me and being there for me when I felt cold and alone. Thank you. I can never thank you enough for what you’ve done, and I hope we can meet again some day. I love you grandpa. I always will.

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