Judge Minos Dorsin Miller, Jr

Judge Minos Dorsin Miller, Jr

Birth
Jennings, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 1 Jul 2006 (aged 85)
Jennings, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Jennings, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, USA
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MILLER, Judge Minos D. Jr. 07/04/2005
JENNINGS — Judge Minos D. Miller Jr., 85, of Jennings, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2006, at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home of Jennings. The funeral with full military rites will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, at the Jennings United Methodist Church. The Rev. Josh Milliron will officiate.
Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Matthews and Son Funeral Home of Jennings, La. Miller was born in Jennings on Sept. 9, 1920. He graduated from LSU and... full obit can be found in the LCAP July 4, 2005 Pg. A2
Miller, longtime judge, dies at 85
STAFF REPORTS LCAP 07/04/2005

Parents: Minos Dorsin Miller, I
Grandparents: Pierre Valcour Miller, II (buried in tomb with the Judge - his headstone was placed behind tomb in 1957 when Hurricane Audrey destroyed Cameron Parish). Spouse: Beatrice Sterlese.
Great-Grandparents: Pierre Valcour Miller, I & Emelia (Broussard) Miller.
FAMILY:

CHILDREN:
Daughter: Bonner Miller Cutting, born 1948; married to Jack E Cutting Sr of Longview, WA. At age 14, Bonner was Louisiana State High School girl tennis champion, and in 1964, Louisiana's top ranked senior girl tennis player; a
performing pianist and artist; an early admissions student to Woman's College of Georgia; Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude graduate, Newcomb College of Tulane University, 1969; Master of Performing Arts, McNeese State University,
Lake Charles. Bonner has two children: Adele Hunter Menard and her husband
Bennett (Benny) James Menard, are parents of Justin Jules Menard (born 2000).
Adele played varsity tennis for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette for two years, and received her degree in psychology/sociology at the University of Houston. Bonner´s son Edwin Ford Hunter III was a cum laude graduate Tulane University Law School; and Bonner´s step-son, Jack E Cutting, Jr., a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, is married to the former Janet Oshko. Jack Jr is a
graduate of the University of Hawaii and Janet of University of California-Berkeley.
Son: Minos D Miller III ``Dusty,´´ born 1950; married to the former Sandra(Sandy) Caldwell of Jennings [who, after spending her Freshman through Junior years at ULL, received her BS at LSU in 1974 - Sandra has a doll design
business - ``Sandolls.´´] "Dusty" lettered in varsity tennis at Jennings High School, Sewanee Military Academy, Tennessee, and University of Louisiana-Monroe. He received his cum laude B.S. degree at University of Louisiana-
Lafayette, and his J.D. at Louisiana State University Law School. Dusty and Sandy reside in Lafayette and have two children: Sarah Rose Miller, a Summa Cum Laude Graduate (4.0 average) 1999 from Louisiana State University, with
a major in Psychology, a minor in Business, and received her MBA from McComb School of Business, University of Texas in Austin; and a son Colin Blake Miller is a Junior at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Son: J Valcour Miller, born 1951; married to the former Sharon Cave of Huntsville, Alabama; lettered in varsity tennis at Jennings High School, Sewanee Military Academy, Tennessee, and University of Louisiana-Monroe; B.S.,
M.B.A., University of Louisiana-Monroe. He is an Independent Oil & Gas Landman, a Certified Professional Landman, and an Estate Management Consultant. His wife Sharon holds a degree in English from Northwestern
Louisiana University, Natchitoches, and a degree in Art from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. She has graduate credits from McNeese State University, a teaching certificate with certifications in two subject areas, Art and English and has taught Engilsh @ Crowley High School.

JENNINGS — Judge Minos D. Miller Jr., an ex-POW who desegregated Southwest Louisiana courthouses during a long career on the bench — and who spent free time scrutinizing the authorship of Shakespeare's works — has died. He was 85.
He was elected judge of the new 31st Judicial District Court in 1953 and promptly ordered the desegregation of the Allen and Jeff Davis parish courthouses — a move that came a year before the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling on race.
He elected to the Third Circuit Court of Appeal in 1968.
Miller also joined his wife, Ruth Loyd Miller, in her scholarly pursuit of the true authorship of the works of Wiliam Shakespeare. Whether speaking at a symposium or a high school classroom, the Millers put forth the case that the real writer was Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.
The Millers were also active in civic and church circles. He was a charter member of the American
Legion Hospital's board of directors.
Miller flew Hellcat fighter planes during World War II. He became a prisoner of war when he was shot down over Formosa in 1945.
After the war, he returned to school to earn a law degree from LSU in 1947.

MARITAL STATUS:
On December 22, 1942 she married Minos D Miller Jr [LSU 1937-41; 1946-47; B.S. and J.D.] of Jennings, LA, then an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and traveled with him to Navy bases at Pensacola and Deland, Fla; Atlantic City, NJ; Cape
Cod, Mass. M.D.´s fighter squadron was based on CV-18 USS Wasp. While strafing after bombing the control tower at Japan´s antiaircraft training center, M.D. was shot down by anti-aircraft fire in the Pacific and Missing-In-Action
from January 1945 until WWII [in Pacific] ended with the dropping of atom bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. M.D. was found alive in Omori Japanese Prison Camp located in Tokyo Bay. M.D. returned to the U.S. in September 1945 and resumed law studies at LSU in 1946.
In 1953 MD was elected Judge 31st Judicial District Court of Louisiana comprised of the Parishes of Allen and Jefferson Davis. He was subsequently reelected
three times without opposition. In 1968 he was elected to the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Third Circuit, running in twenty-one parishes (containing parts of 4 Congressional Districts and approximately a third of Louisiana´s voters at that time). He retired in 1977.
Minos D. Miller
Last Name: Miller First Name Middle Initial:
Minos D. Nick Name:M.D.
City & State: Jennings, LA E-Mail: md@ruthmiller.com
Zip: 70546 Phone: 337 824-4580 Spouse:
Conflict: World War II Service Branch: Navy Unit: Air Group 81 VF-81
Theater: Pacific Fleet, Ulithi, Philippines, Formosa, Lineayon Gulf, Where Captured: Formosa Date Captured: 3 Jan 45
Camps Held In: Formosa, Tokyo, Ofuna, Omori - We were "special prisoners" not entitled to be treated by Japs as POW - given up for dead. How Long Interned: 8 months
Liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 29 Aug. 45 Age at Capture:
Medals Received: Purple Heart, "In Navy Before WWII", Victory medal, etc.
Military Job: Fighter Pilot - Hellcat F6F-5
Flew off USS Saratoga CV-3, USS Ranger CV-4, USS Wasp CV-18 Company:
Occupation after War: Lawyer, Judge, Retired
Born 9-9-20, BS & LLB LSU 1947
Retired Third Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Minos D. Miller, Jr., 85, died Saturday, July 1, 2006. He served as a combat pilot for the U.S. Navy during World War II where he earned a Purple Heart after he was shot down by enemy fire, spending 30 hours in the water and eventually captured and held in a prison camp. After being among the first Louisiana prisoners liberated and repatriated, he immediately began taking correspondence courses to continue his studies. In 1947, he received both his undergraduate and LL.B. degrees from Louisiana State University. Prior to his military service, he attended LSU and was a member of many honorary, scholastic and leadership organizations, including Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity, and Phi Eta Sigma scholastic fraternity. He was first elected to the bench of the newly-created 31st JDC in 1953 and was re-elected without opposition in 1954, 1960, and 1966, serving as the only judge for that district during that time and earning recognition for maintaining a current docket with no backlog of cases while serving a population of almost 60,000. In 1968, he was elected to the Third Circuit Court of Appeal where he served until his retirement in 1977. He was a past president of the Louisiana District Judges Association and served on the Louisiana Judicial Council. He worked on various projects of law revision conducted by the Louisiana Law Institute and in 1967 served as a faculty advisor for the National College of State Trial Judges at the University of Pennsylvania. He served by special appointment on the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1958 and also by special appointment on the First, Third and Fourth Circuits of the Courts of Appeal. He was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court as an interim judge with the First Circuit Court of Appeal in 1961-62. He was active in a number of civic, charitable, and community organizations including service as commander of the Jennings American Legion Post, vice-president of the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association and chairman of the Jeff Davis district of the Boy Scouts of America, earning the Silver Beaver, one of scouting's highest awards.







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  • Maintained by: Mardrie Bergeron Dupuis
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  • Added: 2 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14803206
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Judge Minos Dorsin Miller, Jr (9 Sep 1920–1 Jul 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14803206, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Jennings, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Mardrie Bergeron Dupuis (contributor 47145065) .