Richard Cecil Miller III
Richard Cecil Miller III, 41, died May 12, 2017, in Washington, DC, at George Washington Hospital. Ritchie’s Celebration of Life Service will be held June 3, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Logan Circle Park in Washington, DC 20005.
Born March 6, 1976, in Columbus, Miss., Mr. Miller graduated from Immanuel High School in 1994, before continuing his education at Mississippi State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration in 1998. Mr. Miller added a Juris Doctor degree, which he received at the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2001.
Degrees in hand, Ritchie moved to Baltimore, MD, where he served as a project manager for electronic evidence work at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. In 2006 he moved to Washington, DC, and joined Deloitte as a Manager specializing in electronic evidence. Mr. Miller was a proud resident of Washington, DC, and lived in his Logan Circle row house that he lovingly christened “The Court of Logan.”
Ritchie was larger than life; his spirit was kind, hilarious, brilliant, selfless, and infectious. He was an advocate for the less fortunate, a voice to those who needed to be heard and loved. He went out of his way to make “outsiders” feel like friends, and through him, we all did. Ritchie proudly wore a “coat of many colors” made up of a multitude of friends. He was the definition of Southern Gentleman, full of class and dignity, and owes much of his personal development to the time that he spent at Camp Rockmont in North Carolina, where he served as a Camp Director from 1998 to 2004.
Ritchie enjoyed bridge on Sundays with his Tricks & Rubbers bridge club, all things Dolly Parton, and only the finest bourbon spirits. Although Ritchie resided in Washington, DC, Mississippi was cherished in his heart and emblazoned on his sleeve. He was the largest advocate as anyone could be of one’s home state. A fierce Mississippi State Bulldogs fan, he found himself in Starkville, Miss., often, visiting friends, attending tailgates and cheering on the Maroon & White. If not in Starkville, he was glued to every game on television, watching until the final whistle.
Ritchie also had a special place in his heart for Oxford, Miss. He loved the tulips in the spring, bourbon on Faulkner’s grave, Square Books and Southern writers. Oxford didn’t have the famous cheese, the cowbells or the winning spirit of Starkville, but he loved the history and his law school. It was a place that allowed him to develop his social justice lens.
He was a generous person whom anyone would aspire to be like. Ritchie is greatly missed. Mr. Miller is survived by his mother, Sherry (Larry) Caves Kostka Feagans; father, Richard (Beverly) C. Miller, Jr.; sister, Jana Miller; one step-sister; three step-brothers; a host of nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends and colleagues that were his chosen family.