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Arthur D. "Art' Miller Jr., 87, business executive

Arthur D. "Art" Miller Jr., a retired business executive and former Pinellas County land owner, has died at age 87.

Mr. Miller, former owner of Florida Timetable Service, a brochure-distribution company, and of Art Miller Travel, died Sunday (Nov. 2, 1997) at Givens Estate in Asheville, N.C.

The cause was cancer, said his son, Arthur Miller III. He said his father, a longtime St. Petersburg resident who moved to Gulfport in 1996, spent his summers in North Carolina in recent years.

In the 1950s, Mr. Miller and Lawrence W. Baynard bought the Shore Acres Golf Club, later developed into Patrician Point and Waterway Estates by Irving Green and Charles Cheezem. He and Baynard also acquired a 120-acre tract between 66th Street N and Belcher Road that had been part of Bryan Dairy, Mr. Miller's son said. They sold the land to developers from Cleveland.

From 1957 to when he retired in 1974, Mr. Miller owned and operated the San Rafel Apartments in the Old Northeast section of St. Petersburg.

The son of a wholesale grocer-turned-real estate developer, Arthur Day Miller was born in Harrisonburg, Va., and came here in 1925 from Morgantown, W.Va. The next year, he graduated with the first class at St. Petersburg High School at its present location on Fifth Avenue N.

After studies at St. Petersburg Junior College and Strayer Business College in Washington, D.C., he went to work in St. Petersburg in 1934 as branch manager for Curtis Publishing Co., publisher of the Saturday Evening Post.

"He employed just about every young man in town," during the decade he worked for Curtis Publishing, his son said Tuesday. "He picked up the Saturday Evening Post at the train station each week when they arrived from Philadelphia. He then distributed them to his "Post Boys' who sold them door-to-door for a nickel throughout Pinellas County."

After Navy service in the Pacific during World War II, he worked for Curtis Publishing in Columbia, S.C., for two years before opening a real estate management and investment business at 111 Sixth St. N.

Mr. Miller was a founder and a past president of the St. Petersburg Exchange Club. He also belonged to the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Promise Keepers and Lakewood Country Club.

His wife of 58 years, Dorothy S. Miller, died four years ago. In 1996, he married Eva Queen Primm, a former principal at Rosa Park Elementary and Fairmont Elementary schools. They had known each other since high school, his son said, and she survives him.

Other survivors include a daughter, Marsha Miller Starkey, Odessa, and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 700 Beach Dr. NE. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors, Hendersonville, N.C., is in charge of arrangements. The family suggested memorial contributions to the church, where Mr. Miller was a founder of the Highlander Sunday school class in 1935.

_ Information from Times files was used in this report.