Two well-known Clinton natives pass away

Posted January 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

One of Clinton County’s most successful and influential natives in the business world has passed away at his home in Florida.

Russell Miller.psd

William Russell Miller, who rose through the ranks to eventually become a Vice-President of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, in Akron, Ohio.

Although Miller left the Clinton County area as a young man, shortly after graduating from what is now Tennessee State University, he frequently returned to his home to visit with friends and family as well as spend time on the local golf course, 76 Falls Country Club.

Known as “Bill” to his friends in Akron, he was fondly referred to as “Russell” by those who knew him here.

A complete death notice for William Russell Miller appears this week on page 4.

Ralph Groce.psd

Ralph Groce, who served as Clinton County’s Circuit Court Clerk for nearly two decades, passed away Wednesday, January 1, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was 70 years old.

Groce was elected to three terms as the Clinton County Circuit Court Clerk, serving from the early 1980s until 2000.

Before being elected to the office of Circuit Court Clerk, he had been a long-time employee at Citizens Bank of Albany.

He was also active in local civic organizations and was a long-time golf enthusiast.

A complete death notice for Ralph Groce appears this week on page 4.