OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - John Miner, owner of Miner Dolls and Toy Store, passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on Saturday.
Those who knew and loved Miner will remember the Ocean Springs icon as a true gentleman with a kind smile.
"It's a sad day for sure here in Ocean Springs," said Frankie Adams, owner of Islander Outfitters.
Ask anyone about John Miner and they'll say great things.
"I mean, he's a gentleman and absolute treasure for Ocean Springs. We're going to miss him immensely," said Kris Kwitzky, owner of Kwitzky's Dugout.
Miner and his wife Maryalice owned the iconic Washington Avenue toy store for three decades.
"I met him when I moved here 11 years ago. They adopted me as their other red head child who didn't have parents," said Paige Riley.
Riley, who owns Hillyer House right across the street from the toy store, is a close family friend who knows the impact Miner has had on his community.
"They have done more than I think any other person or family has ever been able to do for this community. They've just about devoted their entire 91 years to giving back and helping teach," said Riley.
Many would say Miner and his wife Maryalice were the definition of a true love story. They would have been married 71 years in June.
"I love him more every day," said Maryalice Minor said during a 2015 interview with WLOX News Now.
Miner's daughter, Merileigh, says her father was an optimist who loved his community, family, and dear wife more than anything.
"They were just such part of the fabric of our society and our city here. He is definitely going to be sorely missed and we wish her the very best," said Kwitzky.
Services for Miner will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ocean Springs. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., with the funeral immediately following.