Zachary Martin Miller was born the son of Phillip C. Miller and Sharon Ellen (Goetting) Miller on October 19, 1984, in Little Rock, Arkansas, and departed this life August 10, 2013, near Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 28 years.
He is survived by his parents, Phil Miller of Van Buren, Arkansas and Sharon Miller of Gassville, Arkansas; one sister, Jo Ellen Miller of Russellville, Arkansas; maternal grandmother, Hasseltine Goetting Coats and her husband, Warren of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; paternal grandparents, Hollis and Jean Miller of Murray, Kentucky; his fiancée, Kylie Austin of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many friends, co-workers, softball and baseball teammates from Arkansas, Tennessee, and across the United States.
He was preceded in death by his beloved maternal grandfather, “Pa” Monty Goetting and uncle, Rick Dills.
Zachary graduated from Mountain Home High School in 2003 with numerous baseball honors including: All State and All Conference his junior and senior years; Arkansas Democrat Gazette All Star Team; Arkansas Coaches All Star Team and state batting average leader in 2003 with .518. He spent his summers playing Mountain Home Youth Baseball, Babe Ruth, Southern Tag and Lockeroom, and for wooden bat leagues on the East Coast.
Zachary played Division I baseball for Lipscomb University and the University of Arkansas. He was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team in 2006 and to the SEC Academic All Conference Team in 2007. Zachary was a member of the SEC West Championship Team in 2007.
He received his undergraduate degree from Trevecca University in Nashville and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Tennessee State University. He worked as a physical therapist in skilled nursing facilities and in home health.
Growing up, Zachary attended College and North Church of Christ where he was baptized into Jesus Christ and was a member of the youth group. He continued his spiritual journey through his church family in Nashville.
Zachary was known for his quirky sense of humor and his ability to light up a room. He lived his life to the fullest and filled his spare time playing softball, playing lead guitar, helping others, and spending time with those he loved. He will truly be missed by all.
Funeral Services will be Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the College & North Church of Christ in Mountain Home, Arkansas with Brother Bill Dillon officiating. Graveside Services will follow at 3:30 PM at the Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. of Thayer, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Zachary Miller Memorial Fund: Benefiting East Nashville Little League Baseball – Caroline Sparrow, Scholarship Coordinator (803)-292-8816.