Newspaper prints mean scandalous obit about great-grandma, 82 … someone needs to answer for it

“Ouch! At least someone had something to say about her.”

“Never speak ill of the dead” is a lesson that didn’t seem to take root with the editors of the Cherokee Scout, a North Carolina newspaper serving Cherokee county.

It published a blistering obituary accusing June Rogers Miller, an 82-year-old great-grandmother of being a drug addict. At least one relative was unamused.

The post began by stating that June Rogers Miller “died alone after a long battle with drug addiction and depression,” and then went downhill from there, with the claim that she was unloved by her family.

“We speak for the majority of her family when we say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed, and there will be no lamenting over her passing.”

That’s not to say that Miller didn’t offer love herself. The Scout reported:

“Drugs were a major love in her life as June had no hobbies, made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life.”

Even odder than the obituary itself is that the paper ran it on June 27 — four months after Miller’s death. In addition, she wasn’t even a North Carolina resident — she and her husband resided in Gainesville, Florida.

The couple’s only connection to Cherokee County is that they vacationed in Murphy, North Carolina, where the newspaper is based.

“Please let June Miller’s life be a cautionary tale,” the sendoff continued. “Addiction and hatred are no es bueno for the living.”

Local ABC affiliate WTVC News Channel 9 contacted her son Robert Miller, who disputed the publication’s claims.

Clip via WTVC

“The whole thing is just sad. It’s unbelievable that my sisters would write this,” he told the station, accusing them of being the source for the scandalous reporting.

“It’s really sad that they don’t have anything better to do,” Miller said, adding that until WTVC contacted him he didn’t realize that the North Carolina obituary even existed.

The claim that it came from a sister received some support from Cherokee Scout publisher David Brown. He told WTVC that the obituary ran because “the family’s will overrode the editor.”

It didn’t take long for news of the obituary to hit social media.

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Finally, there was this:

WTVC was able to contact one of Miller’s sisters, who denied any responsibility. The station was unable to get a hold of the second.


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