In Loving Memory

Samuel “Sam” Miller, I

August 22, 1944 - September 8, 2020


Samuel “Sam” Earl Miller I, 76, of Gulf Shores, Alabama passed away on September 8, 2020.  Born on August 22, 1944 in Falls Creek, Pennsylvania, he was the youngest of four children. He graduated from Dubois High School in 1962, later attending and graduating from Widener College. Moving to Louisville, Kentucky in 1967, he worked for Ford Motor Company.  In 1970, he purchased, along with his brother, Drennan Education Equipment Company. They grew that into a national organization that also included Commonwealth Fabricators, several Best Western hotels and a waterfront boat condominium in Naples, Florida.

Very active in both tennis and golf, he was a long-time member, supporter and volunteer of United States Tennis Association (USTA); Persimmon Ridge Golf Course and Gulf Shores Golf Course where he is the record holder for most “Hole in One” shots.

He was involved with several charitable organizations and is one of the founders of Raise a Racquet, an organization that was started to give children in Louisville access to tennis. He also gave free tennis lessons around Louisville and Raise a Racquet has since grown to support all tennis in Kentucky as a charitable foundation.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Elizabeth Miller, his brother, Robert Nicholas Miller and his sister, Sally Miller Cowan.

Sam is survived by his wife and the love of his life of 57 years, Judith “Judi” Miller, of Gulf Shores, AL; a daughter, Melissa Miller Chastain (Robert) of Anchorage, KY; a son, Samuel “Sam” Miller, II (Sherry) of Prospect, KY; sister, Jayne Shaffer of Ft. Myers, FL; and grandchildren, Austin, Sarah and Rebecca Chastain, Sam Miller, III and Taylor Scott.

The family will be holding a Celebration of Life memorial service in Gulf Shores, Alabama later this fall.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at  Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Doug Draper

    So sorry to hear of the passing of a very good man, Sam Miller. I worked at Drennan Equipment Company in Louisville for a few years in the mid-1980s and enjoyed the guidance of Sam and brother Nick. I wasn’t really cut out for sales, so when they let me go, they were doing me a huge favor. I learned later that the Millers were saddened in making that decision, but I went on to a very rewarding career in public relations with Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Kentucky. I truly appreciate the friendship extended by Sam and Nick, and my thoughts and prayers go to the Miller family.

  2. Carol

    Sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. Sympathy to the Miller family.

    Carol Michuck Lines Class of 1962 DuBois Area High School

  3. Lee Berry

    Dear Mrs Miller, Missy, Sam and family. I wanted to tell you all how very very sorry for I am for your loss. I will admit, I pretty much fell out of my chair when I read about your Dad in todays paper. You all have always been in my thoughts and In my heart, never far away. I remember when Missy went to France and I stopped by the house on Nassau to say hello, only to be told, that your Dad backed into my car, still can’t understand how that happened, I parked in the same place every time I came over, but, then again, he also backed into your car and Rob’s. I still find humor in that. I know all your hearts are weighing heavy, but, I am sure your Dad is playing a game of tennis, walking the beach somewhere and letting you all know things will be ok. Please take care. With Deepest Sympathy and much Love always. Lee Anne Berry

  4. Michael Mathes

    Judy I am so sorry for your loss. You and Sam where a perfect couple. I go to know Sam real goo when we had the sectionals in Louisville in 2001. We began to be buddies. He always had that smile. I knew he had Parkinson and trying to box to keep himself active. Prayers for you and your family. Now that you live in Gulf Shores I miss seeing you at the Kroger in Middletown. LOL

  5. PHIL Scholtz

    Went with Sam on many trips with the guys to Sarasota.
    Stayed in his mom’s double wide
    Have many wonderful memories from those days.
    Rest in peace, Sam.

  6. Mark Powell

    Ms. Miller,

    I worked for Sam in the 80’s and always respected him as being a stand up kind of man who would go out of his way to treat everyone with respect. A very honorable man whom I will miss greatly. He always shared great advice and helped me through some tough career decisions after I left Drennan. So sorry for your loss.

    Mark Powell

  7. Arman Miller

    My condolences to Sam’s family and friends. I grew up in Falls Creek PA. and I knew the family. I knew Nick and Sam from childhood. They were the kind of people that could bring the best out of their friends and associates. Sam will be missed greatly by many friends. May you rest in peace my friend. God Bless you and your family.

    Arman Miller

  8. Paul Schenk

    Judy, we are thinking about you and offer our sympathy to you and your family. We are remembering about all the fun times we had together.
    Paul and Yvonne

  9. Donna Hughes

    Michael I am sorry but we can not give out personal information.

  10. Sonia Christopher

    Judy – So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.


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