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Norman Miller

FORT WORTH-Norman Miller, a lifelong Fort Worth resident, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 with his family at his bedside.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Brown Owen Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Norman was born Sunday, September 27, 1953 to the late Geofrey Ion and Pauline Annie Miller. He attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth. He attended college at Tarrant County College, and received his State Auctioneer license in 1979. With his brother Warren, they sold antiques and estates at auction. Drew, his only child, was born in 1983, while Mr. Miller worked as a carpenter. In 1978, he started shaping hats in Longview, Texas, and soon after started his career in shining boots and shoes. He shined throughout the historic Stockyards at Billy Bob’s Texas and at the Longhorn Saloon, plus outdoors at all the festivals. For over 30 years he shined boots at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, along with all the major Western events at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. He also took his portable shine throne to work and applied his boot shining abilities at numerous world and international horse shows in Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and in Mississippi.
Norman Miller never met a stranger. He carried on great conversations and shared pearls of wisdom with the movers and shakers at every location, and yet he was always a friend indeed, to those having troubles in their own lives. His customers left his shine booth with clean shoes and a refreshed soul. Mr. Miller’s hobbies included fishing, gardening, bicycle riding, and especially drawing. He drew some type of picture every day. Mr. Miller was adopted. His biological family came into his life in his early 40s.
Norman Miller is preceded in death by his father Geofrey Ion Miller and mother Pauline Annie Williams Miller; biological mother, Barbara Moreno; and a brother.
Survivors: He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Hearn Miller; son, Norman Andrew Miller; and his brother, Brock “Charlie” Miller; his biological father, Shorty Moreno; six sisters; one brother; brothers-in-law, Matt Hearn and Andrew Hearn; numerous nieces and nephews and our chosen sister, Blanche Waters and husband, David; and many friends.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Norm was always a gentleman! Will greatly miss his kindness & spirit. Prayers to family & friends.

  2. Cowboy Bob Fisher

    Loved him for 40 years and he loved me.
    Nuff said-ti many things together to mention

  3. Vicky Sommerville

    Praying for your family. Norman was a good man, we were blessed to have him be part of our families life. He will be missed.

  4. Will miss his smiling face, good conversation and the best shined boots around. Norman will be missed by many.

  5. Very sorry for OUR loss. He was a great man and great friend. He will be missed by all. Rejoicing in his freedom from pain and suffering. Until we meet again my friend.

  6. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for y’all’s loss.

    • “Stormin Norman”, Texas King of shine! Celebrated our birthdays together for 27 years. Love you like a brother. “The King is gone but not forgotten! Peace be with your family

  7. Praying for peace and comfort.
    I’m sorry for your loss.

  8. So sorry for your loss. My daughter, Kimberly spoke of him fondly. And I recall she said he had real character.
    My prayers are with his family and so many friends.

  9. So sorry Ms. Blanche. May God bring you & yours peace thru this difficult time

  10. Wade and Tresa Smith & Family

    Stormin’ Norman always had a smile and a very generous spirit. He always had a kind word for everyone. We can’t eat cold watermelon without thinking of him. Fly high friend! ♥️♥️

  11. So sorry for our loss I know Norman will be greatly missed people coming to this world work through it looking for something to be remembered for! Norman did something very special keeping alive the history of a cowboy and the days that meant so much to many you’re an awesome man you became part of History be blessed Your loved by many!

  12. Stormin Norman will be sadly missed. He always had a smile on his face and you just had to smile when you saw him. He managed to make the world a little brighter even though he had health issues the last couple years. Happy Trails Norm!

  13. John Claude and Darlene Axberg

    We first met Stormin’ Norman in the late ‘70s in East Texas and he was a true gentleman. He always had a kind word to brighten your day. Our sincere condolences to you, Kathy, Drew and other family members.

  14. I have known Norman and Kathy for many years. They have always been there with a smile and a helping hand. Norman was such a unique gentleman always made you smile and laugh. He seemed to make the day brighter . Rest in peace my friend .

  15. Ksthy, I’m very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories during this difficult time.

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