98-year-old Asbury Place resident bests his own zip-lining record

October 31, 2016
Asbury Place resident Bob Miller bests his own record as the oldest person to zip line at Bays Mountain Park on Oct. 29.

Asbury Place resident Bob Miller bests his own record as the oldest person to zip line at Bays Mountain Park on Oct. 29.

On Oct. 29, Asbury Place resident Bob Miller celebrated his 98th birthday by breaking the record as oldest person to zip line at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport. Following Miller’s challenge to city leaders, Kingsport Mayor John Clark and Alderman Darrell Duncan¬†also joined the fun.

Miller held the prior record for riding the park’s 310-foot Flying Squirrel zip line, set last year on his 97th birthday.

“I’m a prime example that you’re never too old to have fun,” Miller said. “Living in a retirement community doesn’t mean I’ve stopped enjoying life; it means I’m freed up from the responsibilities of homeownership so that I can get out there and celebrate.”

Miller serves as an active-lifestyle inspiration to many, including residents and staff members at Asbury Place.

“Bob is an amazing person and so full of life,” said Sandra Brown, executive director at Asbury Place continuing care retirement community in Kingsport. “We’re so happy to share this milestone with him.”

Miller, a 36-year Eastman retiree, has a busy schedule ahead: On Nov. 5, he will be inducted into the Tennessee Lions Hall of Fame and on Nov. 19 will serve as grand marshal of the Kingsport Christmas Parade.

Asbury Place resident Bob Miller (second from left) celebrated his 98th birthday by besting his own record as the oldest person to ride the zip line at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport on Oct. 29. Miller was joined by his son, Henry Miller, and Kingsport Mayor John Clark and Alderman Darrell Duncan.

Asbury Place resident Bob Miller (second from left) celebrated his 98th birthday by besting his own record as the oldest person to ride the zip line at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport on Oct. 29. Miller was joined by his son, Henry Miller, and Kingsport Mayor John Clark and Alderman Darrell Duncan.

Kingsport Mayor John Clark addresses the media after completing Bob Miller's 98th-birthday challenge to zip line at Bays Mountain Park on Oct. 29.

Kingsport Mayor John Clark addresses the media after completing Bob Miller’s 98th-birthday challenge to zip line at Bays Mountain Park on Oct. 29.

Kingsport Alderman Darrell Duncan accepted Bob Miller's 98th-birthday challenge to zip line at Bays Mountain Park on Oct. 29.

Kingsport Alderman Darrell Duncan accepted Bob Miller’s 98th-birthday challenge to zip line at Bays Mountain Park on Oct. 29.

About Asbury, Inc.

Asbury, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, operates Asbury Place, CARF-CCAC accredited continuing care retirement communities in Kingsport and Maryville, Tenn. For more information, visit http://www.asburyplace.org.

Asbury Place is a proud winner in both the 2016 Kingsport Times-News and Maryville Daily Times readers’ choice polls.

About Asbury Communities

Asbury is a nationally recognized leader in aging services. A CARF-CCAC and Eagle-accredited system of retirement communities as well as a home care services provider, Asbury operates in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Tennessee. It is ranked by LeadingAge and Ziegler Capital Markets Group’s AZ100 as the nation’s 17th-largest not-for-profit multi-site senior living organization.