History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Our HistoryMiller Funeral Home and Crematory was established in April 1970 by Toby and Dianne Miller under the name of Miller-Robinson Funeral Home.
The Robinson name belonged to James H. Robinson, a licensed embalmer who agreed to partner with
Toby Miller until the time he completed Embalming School and earned his embalmers license.
Toby Miller enrolled into the funeral service program and Jefferson State Junior College in 1970 and commuted four nights a week for two years earning his degree.
Initially, the business operated with Toby Miller being the only full time person and a couple of part time people.
After receiving his degree in Mortuary Science the business was relocated in 1972 to its present site at 50 Hamric Dr East. The initial building was a modest 6000 square foot facility. In the same year, Congressman Bill Nichols selected him to be Oxford’s Outstanding Young Man of the Year. He purchased Mr. Robinson’s part of the business and officially changed the name to Miller Funeral Home.
In 1974 Toby Miller was appointed to The Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors to represent the City of Oxford serving six five-year terms.
During those 30 years of service, he served on many committees and was chairman on several committees.
When he retired in 2005, he was serving as Vice Chairman of the Board.
In 2009, he once again was asked by RMC to serve on another of its boards. He has the distinguished honor of serving more time than any other appointee. RMC is Calhoun County’s second largest employer.
Toby Miller was a charter member 0f the Oxford Quarterback Club, the
Rotary Club, and organized the Oxford Rescue Squad which operated out of the funeral home for a few years.
Currently the campus of Miller Funeral Home and Crematory houses a 17,000 square foot facility,the largest in the area.
1983 Miller Florist was founded. In 1992, Miller Monument Company was founded; and in 1995, Kids First Day Care Center was founded on the same property.
In May of 2006 a crematory was added. Recently, Miller Funeral Home and Crematory opened the Event Center capable of seating 100 people. The center can be utilized as a place for meals, or for those family's who wish to have a reception in lieu of the traditional visitation.
In 2000, Toby Miller joined eight other businessmen in the organization of Cheaha Bank.
Cheaha Bank has grown to serve in four locations in Calhoun County.
Miller Funeral Home Crematory was recently awarded Calhoun County’s Sustaining Business for 2010.
Miller Funeral Home has been selected as the Best Funeral Home by the readers of the Anniston Star for 5 straight years.
Miller Funeral Home and Crematory is the oldest independently-owned
funeral home in the Calhoun County area.
Our Valued Staff
Dudley Miller PhD, Vice- President
Dudley grew up around the funeral business often accompanying his dad on services as a young child. He entered the funeral business after graduating from high school and graduated from Jefferson State Community College with a degree in Funeral Service. Realizing the need to offer more services to families, he earned a PhD from Cornerstone University in the field of Christian Counseling and received Board Certifications in the areas of Temperament Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Crisis and Abuse Counseling, Integrated Marriage and Family Counseling, and Death and Grief Therapy. Dudley has over 30 years experience in the industry.
Amber Champion, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Jason Bedford, Funeral Director
Garvis Swafford, Funeral Director/Embalmer
H.D. Miller Sr, President
The establishment of Miller Funeral Home was a childhood dream of Toby's at the age of 8. At the age of 28 in 1970, his dream had become a reality. He rented a building for 2 years and then he opened the doors of a modest 6000 sq. ft. facility at out present location. That modest facility has grown in size to over 22,000 sq. ft. of facilities and amenities unlike any other firm in our area, including a flower shop, crematory, reception/catering center, monument company, and our main building that has the largest visitation rooms in the area. Having stated the company with himself as the only full-time employee, these entity's now provide employment for 18 full time individuals and 4 part-time people.