September 5, 2014
Date of Service: September 9, 2014
Interment Location: Mausoleum of Peace
Fred Milam, 77, Johnson City, passed away Friday September 5, 2014, at his residence following an extended illness.
He is survived by wife, Katherine; two sons: Chuck (Abby) Baker, Sean (Molly) Milam; Four Grandsons: Ethan, Mason and Noah Baker and Ayden Milam, all whom he adored. Extended family, Carolyn Milam, Karen Crowe and Kenneth and Debra Nave; Nieces and Nephews, Angie Milam, Chuck Milam, Eddie Milam, Lisa Edwards, Caroline Corbin, Derrick Nave, Whitney Glover, Janice Campbell; and his Uncle and Aunt, James and Frances Blevins, with whom he spent childhood summers and created many memories. Special friends who became family, Ronald and Carol Ann Jacobs and their children, Natasha, Tyler and Kara Jacobs; and best friend since youth and like his brother, Joe Lilly and wife, Kate.
He was a member of East River Park Christian Church, where he had served as deacon, elder and treasurer. He grew up an active member of Brick Christian Church and served there as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving three years in the first homeland security program in the Nike Hercules Air Missile Defense in Waukesha, Wisconsin, during the Cold War and met his good friend, Jerry Clayton and wife, Phyllis. It was there he became a private air pilot which became a passion for him.
He was the retired plant manager of Sekisui TA Industries, previously managing Cantech Industries. After retirement he became friends with Mike Bergendahl who taught him the skill and art of clock repair. Throughout his life, he was a master woodcrafter, engineer, mechanic and sportsman.
He was a member of Watauga Masonic Lodge, Knoxville Scottish Rite Bodies and Jericho Shrine Temple.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Dick Cain, Minister, officiating.
Entombment Service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2014, in the Mausoleum of Peace, Happy Valley Memorial Park with Dr. Kenneth Jordan officiating. Active Pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, will be: Sean Milam, Chuck Baker, Kenneth Nave, Chuck Milam, Eddie Milam, Tyler Jacobs, Rick Milligan, Warren Thacker, Zane Abbey and Antonio Ruiz.
Honorary Pallbearers: Ronald and Carol Ann Jacobs, Joe and Kate Lilly, Jerry and Phyllis Clayton, Mick Bergendahl, Phillip Hill, the Ladies Bible Study group of ERPCC, Carl and Nell Cates, Eddie and Phyllis Taylor, his cousins, Phyllis Davis, Carolyn Morrison, Linda Nidiffer and Tony Milam, friends and neighbors and his caregiver, Debbie Hart.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday prior to the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of James Fred Milam be made to support research in the Division of Interventional Radiology at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Please send your tax-deductible contribution, made payable to “Johns Hopkins University,” to Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Department Programs, 550 North Broadway, Suite 701B, Baltimore, MD 21205; and in the memo section of the check include “in memory of James Fred Milam.” If you would like to make a contribution online, please visit www.hopkinsradiology.org, click on “Ways of Giving” and designate your gift to “Other: Interventional Radiology in memory of James Fred Milam.”
Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Milam family.