Clyde Miller and Hexie

In 1995, Clyde Miller launched the Hexie Gazette to celebrate the people and environs of Hexie or Hexabar, a section of Upper Turkeyfoot Township. Only four issues were published before Clyde's untimely passing. Since then, these four issues, now rag-tagged, have been passed from one genealogist to another with hungry enthusiasm.

In his first 1995 issue Clyde described himself: " I am the youngest of ten children born to Alice Marie King Miller and Austin Broderick Miller. They were fantastic parents who instilled some sense of heritage in all of us eight who lived to adulthood. My mother is 84 years young and is at Patriot Manor in Somerset. (She had the final say before this issue was published.) I graduated from Rockwood Area High School in 1964. 1 received my Associates Electrical Engineering degree from Kent State University in 1977. 1 have worked for Honeywell Inc, in Houston, Texas, since 1978. And that is who I am."

In the same issue, Clyde described Hexie: "The area is nestled in the hills and valleys east of Laurel Hill Creek, south of Kingwood, north of Humbert, and west of Paddytown. It is along the banks of Moses King Run, May Run, Red Run, and Smith Run. It is among hills called the Church Hill, the Ed Kreger Hill, the Barney Kreger Hill, and the Knob. It is amidst places like the "Younkin Place," the "Henry Trimpey Place," the "Old Dumbauld Place" and the "May Girls' Place." It is in hollows like the Coke Oven Hollow and Chicken Bone Hollow. It had schools like Rhoads and King. It has a church called Old Bethel, with a scenic view. But most important of all, it has heritage."

Clyde Miller's obituary:

MILLER Clyde B. Miller, 49, of Richmond, Texas, formerly of Hexie, died Dec. 16, 1995, at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Born June 11, 1946, in Markleton. Son of the late Austin B. and Alice (King) Miller. preceded in death by his father and brothers Grant and James Miller. Survived by his mother; his wife of 26 years, the former Justine Bickerstaff; son, Todd Scott Miller of Houston, Texas; and a daughter Heather Lynn Miller of Richmond, Texas. Brother of Austin B. Miller of Satellite Beach, Fla., Samuel G. Miller of Pensacola, Fla.; Paul E. Miller of Sugarland, Texas; Mrs. Roy (Martha Jane) Tressler of Somerset RD 1; Mrs. J. Lloyd (Freda) McClintock of Rockwood Mrs. Armand (Velma) Libatore of Niles, Ohio; and Mrs. Betty Chonko of Somerset RD 6. He was an engineer for Honeywell Corp. in Houston, Texas. Member of the Baptist Church of Richmond. Graduate of Kent State University. A student of family genealogy of Upper and Lower Turkeyfoot townships, publishing a quarterly historical and genealogy paper called the Hexie Gazette. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilbur D. Miller Funeral Home, Somerset, where funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, the Rev. Douglas Baker officiating. Interment, Old Bethel Cemetery.