William Sutton Miller, 84, of Lake Leelanau, Michigan, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014, in Quincy, Florida.
He is survived by; his nephew, Craig McMillan (Jane) of Quincy; nieces, Suzie M. Johnson (Buddy) of Quincy, Florida, and Cindy M. Murphy of St. Petersburg, Florida; great nephews, Ryan Murphy of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Daniel McMillan (Meredith) of Quincy, Florida; great nieces, Samantha Collier (Matt) of Tallahassee, Florida, Mary Hilliard Harrington (Ryan) of Nashville, Tennessee, Brooke Mitchell of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Sarah Franklin Johnson of Birmingham, Alabama; three great-great nieces and one great-great nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, A.L. Jim Miller and Willie Mae Sutton Miller; and his sister, Barbara Miller McMillan.
Bill was born in Evanston, Illinois, July 20, 1929. Bill moved to St. Petersburg in 1934 and later lived in Chicago and New York City before retiring to Lake Leelanau, Michigan. He graduated from Northwestern Military Academy as the Valedictorian and attended Northwestern University, Grinnell College, and the University of Michigan.
He worked in the insurance industry before launching a career in advertising and marketing.
He was employed by Leo Burnett of Chicago and later by McCann Erickson in New York. He was an independent consultant for Coca Cola, Green Giant and Sunkist.
Bill will be remembered for his insistence on perfection, stating that “good enough is never good enough;” his love for his family of cats; his appreciation of nature; his flamboyance and histrionics; and his obsession with all things culinary. Bill loved movies, so when his family asked what they were to say when friends asked about his death, he replied, “Just tell them ‘He’s somewhere just a little west of Laramie’” (A line from an old western he enjoyed).
Memorials may be made to Robert F. Munroe Day School, 91 Old Mt. Pleasant Road, Quincy, FL 32352; or the Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, Michigan 49696.
There will be a celebration of Bill’s life on his birthday, July 20, 2014, in Leland.