Gary Lee Miner, Sr. GSgt, USMC Ret.

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Gary Lee Miner, Sr., 72, died Saturday, July 7, 2018 at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill.

Mr. Miner was born in Circleville, Ohio to the late Wayne and Lucille Hickey Miner.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 am with Fr. Gregory Spencer officiating.

Mr. Miner served in the United States Marine Corps, was a Drill Instructor from 1974-1976, J-15 Instructor at Camp Johnson (Montford Point) from 1977-1980, Inspector-Instructor (I&I) from 1980-1983, J-15 at Camp Johnson from 1983-1986 and a Civilian Master Instructor at Camp Johnson (Montford Point) from 1988-2000.
His fraternal organizations and community involvement included; Master Mason, Scottish Rite (32nd degree). Member of Toastmasters (silver) Jacksonville, NC, Past President (two terms) of the Marine Corps Motor Transport Association. Past Scout Master and District Commissioner for the White Oak River District Boy Scouts of America Jacksonville, NC. Member of and spokesperson for SAVE (Survivors and Victims of tobacco Empowerment). Past president of the IAL (International Association of Laryngectomees). Technical audio/video advisor and member of the Voice Institute of the IAL, President of the Eastern North Carolina Nu-Voice club, Past President (three terms) of the Eastern North Carolina Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Club both of Jacksonville, NC. Chairman for Project Assist Coalition, Onslow County, Member of the Onslow County Asthma Coalition, Onslow County, Board of Director member of CHIP (Community Health Improvement Process) Onslow County. Member of the Community Strategic Plan for Children and Families, Onslow County, Member of the Mayors Committee for persons with disabilities, City of Jacksonville, Onslow County North Carolina. Founder of STR2KE (Students Teaching Resistance 2 Kids Everywhere). Onslow County Coordinator for Teen Empowerment School Summit. Member of Onslow County Teen Court. Life member of Jacksonville DAV. Area Ambassador for the American Cancer Society for Celebration of the Hill. Co-Chair for the Onslow County Relay for Life Committee. Board member of the University of North Carolina Otolaryngology Head and Neck Cancer Department. Board member of the North Carolina Alliance for the Community Health Action Council.

Mr. Miner enjoyed raising his children to be good and productive citizens. He was proud of the three great years he served on the drill field. He enjoyed touring the USA with his wife beside him, they would stop at a campground one night and spend the next night in a Walmart, depending on their mood and where they would want to stop that night.

Mr. Miner is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janet Lusk Miner of the home; one son, Gary Lee Miner II and his wife Janie of Richlands; two daughters, Suzanne Miner-Ringham (Anthony Catino) of Jacksonville, Julie Miner and her wife Debra of Jacksonville; three brothers, Thomas Miner and Betty of Circleville, OH, Allen Trego and Becky of Aiken, SC, and Bill Trego and Nancy of Circleville, OH; one sister, Edith Polly of Circleville, OH; twelve grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. He is also preceded in death by his special four-legged friend and companion “Simba”.

Family will receive friends Friday, July 13, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm at Jones Funeral Home and other times at the home.