JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - An auction benefit was held at How Art Thou? Cafe on Wednesday night for Joshua Miller, the 33-year-old father and husband killed in a mid-March wreck on Folly Road.
Miller was a co-owner of the cafe before he died in the Mar. 18 wreck which also killed 75-year-old Jimmy Minchew. Miller left behind his wife, Liz, and two young children, 23-month-old Hannah and 7-week-old George.
"Josh knew exactly what type of business he wanted to own, but he was looking for a business partner, so it was serendipitous when the two of us got together," said Miller's father-in-law and business partner David Berger.
Miller, Berger, and their wives moved down from Virginia and opened the cafe last September.
"We went to Lowe's every day, built up that wall, put in this floor, built this bar, built this wine rack, those stands. It was Joshua and me, hammers to nails, nails to floors," Berger said.
"Words cannot describe the excitement. The euphoric. How many people have the opportunity? He was living his dream everyday."
Miller balanced being a husband, father of two, and running the shop, until tragedy struck. He was killed in a double fatal collision on Folly Road that also took the life of Folly Beach businessman Jimmy Minchew.
"To snatch that away, it was just tough. Truly in our hearts we know Josh is in a better place. He is paving the way for us to come up and see him," Berger said.
Even though Miller is gone, his family says they feel his presence here every day. They will continue his dream and vision, with hopes to expand in the future.
"Our next plan is we want to start teaching art lessons. I'm going to continue that venture," Berger said. "The only change in plans is Joshua is not here physically with us."
Two auctions were held to raise money for the Joshua E. Miller Memorial Trust Fund, which will go towards a college fund for little Hannah and George. Community members donated more than 160 items, including beach house vacations and a guitar signed by Darius Rucker.