Jill Franco Miller

  • Born: November 18, 1953
  • Died: May 17, 2020
  • Location: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel

1494 Mathis Ferry Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Tel. (843) 881-9293

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jill Franco Miller, 66, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, wife of Robert "Bobby" E. Miller, Jr. joined her Heavenly Father on May 17, 2020. She was an Emmy Award-winning journalist of 28 years and worked across the southeast. She was a political activist, top-producing realtor for Carolina One, a passionate community member of Charleston, and a dedicated follower of Christ.

Jill was born on November 18, 1953, in Atlanta, GA, daughter of the late Frank Sousa Franco and the late Doris Leggett Franco. She graduated from the University of Georgia's in 1977, majoring in Journalism and Political Science. She enjoyed her career in broadcast and print journalism for 28 years, beginning with the Atlanta Constitution Newspaper. She started her broadcasting career as a news reporter in 1978 at CBS-affiliate WJHL-TV, in Johnson City, TN, and then at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, SC. In 1983 she joined WSB-TV (Satellite News Network) in Atlanta, Georgia as their first female National News anchor. In 1984, she moved to Charleston, SC to join WCBD-TV (Channel 2), then WCSC-TV (Channel 5) and WCIV-TV (Channel 4) where she worked as a journalist and news anchor until 2002. She was awarded the second-highest favorability Q-score nationally in 1986, was the Recipient of the 1987 Broadcast Journalist of the Year, and the recipient of the 1999 SE TV Emmy Award.

Shortly after moving to Charleston, Jill met Bobby Miller while interviewing him for a news story. They married in 1987 and had one daughter, Madison.

Over the course of her life, she worked and volunteered across numerous Republican platforms and groups; she was the founder and President of the Charleston County Republican Women's Club, a founding member of South Carolina Winning Women where she recruited and assisted Republican women to run for state and local office, the Executive Director of the South Carolina Republican Party Commerce Caucus, Executive Director of the Board of Elections & Voter Registration of Charleston County, and a board member of the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women.

As an active and passionate community member, she followed her passion for Christ, her love of animals, interior design, and gardening. She was a First Scots Presbyterian Church Sunday School teacher, a member of the John Ancrum SPCA (now Charleston Animal Society), the Charleston Symphony League Public Relations Director, and a long-time member of the Garden Club of Charleston. Since 2011, Jill followed her passion for real estate and joined the family at Carolina One as a realtor, where she was regularly a member of the Top Producers Club. She was a lifelong follower of Christ and a member of the Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Bobby Miller, and daughter, Madison Miller of Mount Pleasant and Charleston, South Carolina; step-daughter Christie Fowler (Adam) and grandson Robert "Gus" Fowler of North Charleston, SC; sister, Robin Thomason (Danny) of Richmond, VA; niece, Leslie Thomason and nephew Wesley Thomason (Meghan).

A private graveside service will be held this Friday, May 22nd. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be announced when conditions permit a large social gathering. Flowers may be sent to J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant.

Donations may be made to the Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403. Arrangements are by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc Mount Pleasant Chapel

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Bobby and family of Jill - I met Jill when I headed up I/T at Charleston County and she came on board heading up Elections & Voter Registration. We worked well together and I found her to be such a hard worker. We co-miserated at times and had respect for each others challenges at work. I am so sorry for your loss, such a loss to our community. I know you must have been so proud of her. She accomplished more than most do in a long lifetime. I am sorry she has gone too soon.

Posted by Connie Berardinis - Coworker   June 15, 2020

Bobby and family -- it was with huge shock that I read of your loosing Jill. We go so far back to my early days of Pet Helpers- 1980's and Jill was the pretty, energetic, first class news anchor at Chan 2...in the old Hut bldg off Coleman. As the Founder of Pet Helpers, I was rescuing animals, and challenging so many things on behalf of animal welfare, Jill was so supportive and was my 'message voice' We did many interviews over the years on different animal issues, cases, etc as she moved forward - one of the last times I was talking with her was re our taking in some rabbits. Jill was being very specific about what to do, how to care for and educating the Pet Helper staff on rabbit care! . She was so dedicated and loved her rabbits, among all other animals. As well, she was a great realtor and involved in more community than I even realized (altho I remember when she was made Exec Dir. of the Elections Board - I said, are you crazy? You dont have enough going on? ) . She left way too soon - her energy, love, beautiful smile, heart and compassion.. she will be so terribly missed. Prayers and love to all. Carol

Posted by Carol Linville - Folly Beach, SC - Friend   May 25, 2020

PRAYERS for your family!

Posted by Linda Webb - Camden, SC - Acquaintance   May 24, 2020

PRAYERS for your family!

Posted by Linda Webb - CamdenV, SC   May 24, 2020

Jill was a good friend to me. I will truly miss her and I will be praying for comfort for your family. I will always be here if you need me.

Posted by Charles Milford - Friend   May 23, 2020

My condolences go out to Jill's family. She was so beautiful and full of life. The Lord must have called her home to take care of all the bunnies in heaven. I truly enjoyed working with her at BEVR.

Posted by Karen Chambers - Friend   May 22, 2020

Bobby & Family, So sorry for your loss, Jimmy & Kathy Tindal

Posted by jimmy tindal - Classmate   May 22, 2020

Jill was a remarkable woman who I greatly admired. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, today and in the days ahead.

Posted by Rebecca Skinner - Hartsville, SC - Acquaintance   May 22, 2020

y prayers to our Heavenly Father and deepest condolences to Jills family.

Posted by Deb Fowler - Friend   May 21, 2020

Our deepest condolences,
The Milstead, Williams, And Hughes families

Posted by A friend   May 21, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you, your daughter, and family. We are sending air hugs to you. God bless you all

Posted by Matt and Latonia Carraher - Kingsland, GA - Family Friend   May 21, 2020

Oh, my gosh! I am so sorry and so saddened to learn of Jill's death. What a tremendous and energetic person she was. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God's peace to you.

Posted by Sherry Martschink    May 21, 2020

I met Jill and Bobby when I was on a girls trip to Charleston. Bobby and Jill joined us for dinner and we had so much fun with them. Jill was so vivacious and full of life!! She will be missed! Our thoughts, prayers and love to the family.

Posted by lynn wilson - The Woodlands, TX - Acquaintance   May 21, 2020

Bobby, our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family during this very sad time. ❤❤ Heart breaking to hear this about your beautiful Jill.

Posted by Phil and Betty Turner - Classmate   May 21, 2020

Jill had a smile that wold light up anyone's day. Bobby, our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. I know Jill is now dancing on the streets that are golden and she is at total peace. May you be comforted by all the memories you shared and may her precious soul rest in peace. We love you-Sara and Paul Thayer

Posted by sara and paul Thayer - The Woodlands, TX - Friend   May 21, 2020

Bob and Family:

Please accept my sincerest sympathy on the passing of your dear wife, mother, sister and aunt. Jill was such a lovely lady and a very nice person.
God bless Jill and God bless all of you.

Allen Young

Posted by Robert Allen Young - Friend   May 21, 2020

thoughts and prayers

Posted by alleen sweat - Acquaintance   May 21, 2020

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