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Johnny A. Milner Sr.

Posted 11/27/20

Johnny A. Milner Sr., 81, of Shelbyville died Tuesday, November 24, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer.

There will be no visitation or funeral services.

Doak-Howell Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Johnny A. Milner Sr.


Johnny A. Milner Sr., age 81, a longtime Shelbyville resident passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer.

He was born in West Point, GA in August 11, 1939 to the late Jessie H. Milner and Annie Catherine Potts Milner. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Martha Jane Stem Milner. Two sons, Audie Brian Milner (Tammy) of LaFollette, TN and Johnny A. Milner Jr of Shelbyville, TN, one stepson, Danny Eugene Boyce, two stepdaughters, Betty Boyce Allen of Murfreesboro, TN and Demetris Boyce Rhodes (Mike) of Shelbyville, TN, 11 step-grandchildren and 7 step-great-grandchildren, two brothers, Harvey F. Milner (Janice) of Montgomery, Al and Krallin Hodge (Cindy) of Lafayette, AL.

He was preceded in death by a stepson, Edward Lee Boyce.

John graduated from Lanett Hugh School in Alabama, attended Auburn University and graduated from Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Donelson. John worked for Sears 15 years, managing Sears catalog stores in Belle Glade, Fla., Boca Raton, Fla., and Murfreesboro and served as district sales manager for catalog stores in South Florida. He obtained the franchise for the Sears catalog store in Shelbyville and operated it until Sears discontinued their catalog sales.

Beginning in 1987 John started his career in law enforcement working as a deputy sheriff and detective for Sheriff Don Edwards and as Chief Administrator for Sheriff Clay Parker for 12 years. He then served as a Judicial Commissioner for the court system of Bedford County.

John and his wife, along with many friends, traveled many states in their motorhome and riding their Harley Davidson motorcycle.

John was of the Baptist faith.

There will be no visitation or funeral services. Per request of the family, please make a memorial donation to a good family with children that may be having a hard time.

Doak-Howell Funeral Home is serving the family.


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