He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II. Miniard was also a logger and a truck driver until his retirement. He believed in the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Alma Miniard; a brother, Murphy Miniard; and his parents, Joseph R. and Nancy Ann Miniard.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Gladys Slusher Miniard; a son, William J. "Joe" Miniard and wife, Karen, Elizabethtown; his daughters: Rose Marie Rains and husband, Gary, Teetersville; and Earlesa Ann Miniard, Fresh Meadows; a stepson, John R. Woje and wife, Tammy, Baxter; sisters: Thelma Mae Jackson and Alpha Estridge, Crossville, Tenn.; his brothers: William Randall "Darrell" Miniard and wife, Marybelle, Greasy Creek; and Major Miniard and wife, Carol, Miamisburg, Ohio; five grandchildren: John William Phelps, Louisville; Justin Earl Miniard, Fresh Meadows; Allison Elizabeth Miniard, Kaitlin Marie Miniard and Cody Joseph Miniard, all of Elizabethtown; and many beloved nieces and nephews and friends.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Rich Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Rodney Freeman officiating.
Burial will be Monday at 1 p.m. in the Miniard Family Cemetery at Napier with the Rev. Gene Harris officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Harlan County Honor Guard.
Rich Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.