CHIPLEY - The Washington County School Board and Florida Panhandle Technical College staff honored the memory of longtime FPTC Cosmetology Instructor Kim Miller Monday.

Several members of Miller's family were on hand for the presentation, include Miller's wife, Charlene Corbitt Miller.

Miller, who passed away March 15 after a long battle with cancer, led the program for 17 years, quickly becoming beloved by students and staff alike.

FPTC Director Martha Compton fondly recalled Miller as she made a special presentation in his honor during Monday's regular school board meeting.

"Kim wanted to everyone to love what they did as much as he did," said Compton. "His love for it was a passion that carried over to the students."

Compton said Miller earned a reputation as a practical joker. She recounted one story in which an unsuspecting new instructor heeded Miller's late Friday advisement that all his lesson plans for the next week had to be turned in the following Monday.

"The instructor stayed well late into Friday night, only to come in to learn he had been pranked," laughed Compton. "However, he did have great lesson plans."

In honor of Miller's years of service to the school district and community, Compton announced the establishing of the Michael Kim Miller scholarship, which will be awarded to a cosmetology student each year.

"The FPTC Hairstyling Cowboy will definitely be missed by all of us," she said. "We have been blessed as a district to have such personal that saying goodbye is so difficult."