Michael Bauer Miller

September 9, 2021

CHARLOTTE – Michael Bauer Miller, age 45, died peacefully at home on Thursday, September 9, 2021 surrounded by his family.  Mike survived childhood cancer and recently battled a four-year fight with colon cancer. He was an inspiration to so many people who were amazed at how he stayed positive and maintained a never give up attitude as he faced cancer related medical challenges throughout his life. 

Mike was born near Toledo, Ohio and lived in Brighton, Michigan until the family moved to Charlotte in 1985.  Mike had a passion for sports and was a die-hard fan of the Michigan Wolverines and all teams Detroit: Lions, Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings.  He was a graduate of Charlotte Catholic High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and became a CPA. He started his career with Arthur Andersen and later joined Deloitte.  In 2011, Mike joined Food Lion/Ahold Delhaize and most recently served as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis for Retail Business Services until his passing.

Mike also had a passion for supporting families navigating the challenges of childhood cancer.  He was involved with Charlotte based Camp C.A.R.E. (Cancer Ain’t Really the End) an organization that provides a week of camp and other year-round activities for children with cancer.  He started as a camper at age 10, served as a camp counselor for over 20 years and ultimately served as the volunteer Chairman of the Board of Directors for many years before his passing.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Jada, and faithful dog, Eli; his parents, Paul and Diane Miller of Charlotte; his siblings, Mark and his wife, Susan of Winston-Salem and Matt and his wife, Shelly of Charlotte and Amy Walters of Charlotte.  He is also survived by his nephews and niece, Nick and Katherine Miller and Alex, Kyle, Kevin and Luke Walters and in-laws, Roger and Shirley Watkins of Bostic, NC.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Louis and Alice Bauer, and paternal grandparents, Dr. Ernest and Leone Miller.

A heartfelt thank you to all who have prayed and cared for Mike over the years. The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Kunal Kadakia and Dr. Joshua Hill with Levine Cancer Institute.  Mike really enjoyed and appreciated all the visits from friends during his last couple of weeks.  We will miss Mike’s enduring quick wit, love of family and friends and courage to embrace life to the fullest.

Mike will be remembered with a memorial service to be held at 3:00 PM Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 to 2:30 PM.  The service will be livestreamed at https://livestream.com/mpumc/funeral.  Per Mike’s wishes, a reception will be held at Sir Edmond Halley’s, 4151 Park Road in Charlotte following the service.

In lieu of flowers, Mike requested memorials be offered in his memory to Camp CARE, in care of The Mike Miller Memorial Fund, PO Box 35072, Charlotte, NC 28235 or at www.CampCARE.org

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Suelynne Remetio

    Mikey, you are missed. We miss your wit, your fight, and your humor. I pray you're at peace and your loved ones find peace.

  • Brad Horstmann

    Jada - Mike was definitely a fighter and your strength throughout the last few years has been impressive. Please know you are in the thoughts and prayers of everyone at WEDGE.

  • Judy Sengstock

    Bob and I are deeply saddened to learn of Mike's passing. He fought throughout his life and never gave up. His generosity to help children with cancer was his gift to those who needed a break from this horrible disease. May God comfort Diane and Paul and Jada and his entire family.

  • Ethel Davis

    Jada, please know you have my sympathy and kindest regards concerning the loss of you husband Michael. Wow! What a successful and caring person- great loss to so many. Always, Ethel M. Davis, former Sunday school teacher at Kistler's Chapel United Methodist Church

  • Jihad Rizkallah

    My heartfelt sympathies and sincere condolences to the family for the loss of Mike. He was my colleague at RBS and I got to work with him over the last two years. May he Rest in Peace and his Memory be Eternal.

  • Shanel DeBerry

    Sending my condolences to the family! I am a member of the Camp CARE family and any time I had an interaction with Mike it was always met with a huge smile. I’ll always remember him that way. The family is in my deepest prayers.

  • Beverly Stallings

    Hey Mikey! I am going to miss seeing your smiling face at Matt and Shelly's parties and on beach vacations. You and Jada were a dynamic duo and your presence will be sorely missed.

  • Lynn Dobson

    I fondly remember Mike as we began Camp CARE. Always a smile and pleasant disposition. So sad to hear of his passing, prayers of peace and love to his family.
    Lynn Dobson

  • Julie Hollar

    So sorry for your loss. I met Mikey at Matt & Shelly’s. He had a gift for ‘poking the dragon’ and getting a rise out of ya. Actually one of the reasons we hit it off in conversation so well. Really enjoyed getting to know him. May his peace bring you peace as well ?

  • Gerry Geier

    Mike- Wow! What a guy. I’ve known Mike since high school and our accounting careers have crossed paths many times. I am sad to hear that Mike is no longer with us. He always had a great sense of humor, loved his sports teams and was always a welcoming face to me.

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