Gregory Wayne Miller, 48, of Dallas, Texas passed away Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at home in Dallas, Texas. Funeral services are will be held Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel, Duncan, Oklahoma with Alan Simmons officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, Nov. 14th from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Viewing will begin Sunday, November 12.
Gregory Wayne Miller was born on September 15, 1969 in Topeka, Kansas to Leslie E Miller and Sylvia Kay Sisson. He was raised in Oklahoma and was a resident of Dallas since 2001. From an early age Gregory was introduced to the world through the encyclopedia. This exposure to art, design and history resonated with him. His mother, who has an artist’s spirit, introduced Gregory to many art and craft mediums. This combination led to his pursuit of a BA in Art History from Oklahoma State University. The need for a 3-D Studio class re-introduced Gregory to medium of ceramics. Under the guidance of Richard Bivins, Professor Emeritus, he learned the fundamentals of ceramics. It was an exhibit by James Watkins at Texas Tech University that inspired Gregory to truly pursue the medium through the experimentation of form, texture and finish. Gregory’s pieces reside in numerous residential and commercial collections; with pieces placed from Florida to California that have been exhibited in several juried shows, galleries and have had articles in several art magazines.
During this time he curated an exhibit at the Gardener Art Gallery, bringing attention to the art and culture of Tibet. During the second week of the exhibit they were honored with a visit from nine exiled monks, who among other activities created a sand mandala. This experience combined with working in the ceramics studio set Gregory on a new path in his life both artistically and spiritually.
Gregory is survived by his parents, Leslie E Miller of Goldsboro, NC and Sylvia Kay Sisson of Marlow, OK; his brother, Ron Miller and his wife Donna and his sister, April Robinson and her husband Jeff; his nephews and nieces, Ean Miller and fiance Sarah Renfro, Tegan Toellner, Summer Sisson; his great nieces and nephews, Aurora Miller, Kyla Toellner and Gabriel Walton all of Duncan, OK; best friend, Alan Simmons of Dallas, Texas; and many many close friends and colleagues.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial donations be made to Dallas Children's Advocacy Center 5351 Samuel Boulevard Dallas, Texas 75228 or to http://www.dcac.org/gregorymiller
Online condolences may be left to the family at: www.granthamfuneralhomes.com