Margaret Ann Miller, longtime county GOP leader, dead at 82


Margaret Ann Miller of Brentwood, who oversaw the 1,000% growth of the Williamson County Republican Party during her 23 years as executive director, died Friday, Nov. 7, at her home. She was 82.

Margaret Ann Miller of Brentwood, who oversaw the 1,000% growth of the Williamson County Republican Party during her 23 years as executive director, died Friday, Nov. 7, at her home. She was 82.

During her colorful political career, Ms. Miller also served as President of the Republican Women of Williamson County, as well as a State Executive Committeewoman. In 2001, she was honored by the Tennessee Republican Party with the Statesman of the Year award.

She was instrumental in the county party establishing a permanent office site; establishing the Chairman’s Circle membership to raise major funds for Republican candidates; and establishing the popular Williamson County “Just Desserts” annual fundraiser.

Ms. Miller also managed campaign correspondence for [Van] Hilleary for Governor, Blackburn for Congress, Bryson for State Senate, Casada for State Representative, and Johnson for State Senate.

Family and friends said from a young age, she took great interest in politics, a subject matter she believed deeply in and that would become a life-long passion. Her campaigning involvement began as a student – serving as coordinator for the Congressman Bill Avery campaign when he won the First District of Kansas.

As the matriarch of a military family, Ms. Miller devoted the majority of her life to raising five children while they lived in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Virginia, and Tennessee.

Ms. Miller was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Rose McMullen, and father, Francis Leo McMullen.

Surviving are her daughters,Debra Blackmon (Michael) of Kissimmee, Fla, and Elizabeth Alexander (Mike) of Franklin; sons, George M. Miller II (Dana) of Nashville, Jeffery Miller (Diane) of Franklin, and Christopher Miller (Alison) of Charleston, S.C.; , nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 9-11 a.m. at Brentwood Methodist Church, with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. The family asks that memorials be made to The American Lung Association.

Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home, 2707 Gallatin Rd. 262-3312, is in charge of arrangements. See more at: http://www.phillipsrobinson.com/obituary/Margaret-Ann-Miller/Brentwood-TN/1449106#sthash.uC0kKNqb.dpuf

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