Dr. Bayne E. Miller
Published 4:04 pm Monday, January 24, 2022
Dr. Bayne E. Miller
Dr. Bayne E. Miller, native son of Davie County, passed away on Sunday morning, Jan, 23, 2022, at the age of 89.
Dr. Miller was born Oct. 23, 1932 to the late Joseph Vernon and Florence Magnolia Throneburg Miller. He was raised on farm land that has been in the Miller family for over 200 years and to a family that had been in America prior to the Revolutionary War. Dr. Miller graduated from Farmington High School followed by NC State University in 1954, with a degree in animal husbandry. In 1954, since there was no veterinary school within the confines of the state, he was one of only 10 individuals from North Carolina that was selected to be enrolled in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia that same year. While in veterinary school, the local draft board withheld his name from the Korean War draft since he was deemed by county leaders to be “essential to the future of the county.” He married the love of his life, Emily Inez Ferguson, in June of 1957, before his last year of graduate school. After graduating “magna cum laude” with a degree in veterinary medicine in 1958, Dr. Miller served as a NC State Veterinarian for a couple of years before “coming home” to practice in Davie County in 1960. After partnering with Dr. Clyde Young for 10 years, he opened Davie Veterinary Clinic in 1971, at 140 Salisbury St. in Mocksville and retired from that same clinic after 32 years in 2003. In all, Dr. Miller practiced veterinary medicine for 45 years and treated a countless number of “patients” that ranged from dairy cattle to folks’ beloved dogs and cats. “Doc” Miller as he was known to many dairy cattlemen, also served in his community as a leader in PTA, member of the Jaycees, as well as an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Mocksville. Upon his retirement, the city of Mocksville bestowed the “Key to the City” to Dr. Miller for all his years of community service, the first time it had been done since the WWII era.
Dr. Miller is survived by: his wife, Emily Inez Miller; his 2 sons, Dr. Aaron Bayne Miller (Lisa) and Anthony Brent Miller, RPh (Annette); and 4 grandchildren, Justin Aaron Miller, Carrie Elizabeth Miller, Emily Kathryn Miller, and Nichole Rayne Miller, who all will miss him terribly along with all others whose lives he touched.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2 pm., Thursday, Jan. 27 at First United Methodist Church, Mocksville with the Revs. Lori Anne Bowen and Darren Alexander officiating. The service will be available to view on the Lambert Funeral Home website. Interment will follow in Rose Cemetery. The family invites friends to come by Lambert Funeral Home from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26 to pay their respects.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to: the Davie County Public Library, 371 N. Main St., Mocksville, NC 27028, where Dr. Miller was well known and visited often.
Online condolences: www.lambertfuneralhomenc.com.