A sudden tragedy is now elevating the storied life of a man killed in a Fulton County explosion on Tuesday.

Charles "Chuck" William Miller's death will long be felt in the city of Chattahoochee Hills, a city that he not only lived in but also helped create according to an obituary by Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory.

He was described as "instrumental in the formation of Chattahoochee Hills" - a city of about 2,400 people as of the last census. Though a West Virginia native, Miller spent many years of his life in the metro Atlanta area, having met his wife while stationed at Fort McPherson and has been involved in several local civic organizations. 

He was also a local businessman and founder of Charles Miller and Company Inc. which the obituary said built the nearby Arlington Schools.

Outside of work and civic activities, the family described him as a fan of aviation, photography, sporting events of his grandchildren and "excellent food and wine."

The latter led him to become a member of several food-related organizations in the area including the Peachtree-Atlanta Chapter of La Chaine des Rotisseurs among others.

Miller was killed in what is being called a propane vapor explosion - though officials haven't explained exactly how it happened.

Visiting hours are scheduled for Feb. 112 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Parrott Funeral Home at 8355 Senoia Road in Fairburn. The memorial service for friends and family will be held March 26 at 7 p.m. at John's Episcopal Church located at 3480 E. Main Street in College Park.

In Lieu of flowers, the family has asked the public to make donations to the Sundown Surgery Fund at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine by way of gifts@vet.uga.edu.