Dwayne Jackson Miller, 66, was born on June 3, 1951, in Wewoka, Oklahoma, to Charles and Susie (Powell) Miller. He left for his final journey on Nov. 30, 2017, surrounded by his entire family.
Dwayne Jackson Miller, 66, was born on June 3, 1951, in Wewoka, Oklahoma, to Charles and Susie (Powell) Miller. He left for his final journey on Nov. 30, 2017, surrounded by his entire family. He lived in Earlsboro, Oklahoma, with his wife of more than 47 years, Linda (Roy) Miller.
Dwayne leaves his family to cherish his memories, two daughters, Deanne Haney, Dana Miller and her husband Billy Tiger; his grandchildren, Kelsey and Paul Morrell; Zachary and Hailey Self; Jake Tiger and Jagger Tiger; great-grandchildren, Kalea Miller and Roman Morrell, all of Seminole, Oklahoma. and a host of other family and dear friends.
He is preceded by his parents Charles and Susie (Powell) Miller; three sisters, Roxie Haynes, Jeanette Postoak, and Virginia Miller; two brothers James Miller and Eugene Miller; and son-in-law Vincent Haney.
He leaves behind six sisters; Joanne Factor, Esther Fourkiller, Arlis and Sam Banagas, Tojunia and Gary Cole, Cindy Miller, and Angelina (Kitty) and Justin Fawcett; and one brother, Reo Miller.
Pallbearers will be Jason Fourkiller, Jake Tiger, Zachary Self, Billy Tiger, Jagger Tiger, Paul Morrell. Honorary Pallbearers are Rodney Factor, Kenneth Coody, Randy Northcott, Greg Chilcoat, Lewis Johnson, Charlie Hill, Wayne Shaw, Gary Cole, and Justin Fawcett.
“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” C. West
Dwayne was a strong and courageous leader, and an ardent advocate for social justice issues and the rights of Native Americans. He served on the Seminole Nation General Council as a representative of the Tom Palmer Band for more than 40 years, and nearly as many years as the Band Chief. He strongly believed in empowering his people with information about their history and their rights. He founded the Registered Indian Voters League to encourage people to vote, served as Secretary of the Native American Chamber of Commerce of OKC. He was a member of the Seminoles for Justice Group, and testified before Congress to petition for the rights of the Seminole Nation to receive a judgement award that has benefited almost all Seminole citizens. He also founded and promoted the Seminole Independence Day Celebration. As a full-blood Seminole he was a passionate historian, with enormous pride in his tribe, culture, and family.
He was a statesman with a quick witted sense of humor, a humble heart, unyielding and fearless commitment to the service of his people as well as his family and friends. He was strong in faith and traditional Seminole values.
In his professional career, Dwayne enjoyed and excelled at helping people succeed. He was compassionate, respectful, and tirelessly used his wisdom to help others. A typical week for Dwayne; he could be found Friday evenings cheering for the Varnum basketball teams; or at the Mekusukey Mission on Saturday morning standing firm in his commitment to the Seminole Nation; or at a local café having lunch and solving the worlds problems with his colleagues and friends; or at a museum or historical site studying Native American and Seminole history; or simply at home with Linda, his girls, grandchildren, and dogs enjoying a home-cooked meal.
Wake services will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Mekusukey Mission gymnasium.
Memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Varnum High School gymnasium, Seminole, with Dr. James Branscum officiating. Interment will follow at Little Cemetery, located north of Seminole.
In honor of Dwayne, his family encourages all to wear traditional tribal regalia at the memorial service. Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, OK.
Messages of condolences may be sent to the family online at www.swearingenfuneral.com.