Freddie N. Miller Sr.
Screven--Freddie N. Miller Sr., 81, died Dec. 19, 2018, at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A native and lifelong resident of Wayne County, he was born on June 8, 1937, to the late Joe and Mildred Dasher Miller.
He graduated from Screven High School in 1955 and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1957, where he played on the baseball team. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in 1959.
He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho and remained an avid Georgia Bulldog fan his entire life. He owned and operated Miller’s Dairy Farm for many years and retired from Rayonier Advanced Materials with more than 43 years of service.
He loved the outdoors. He spent his spare time hunting, fishing, gardening and tending to his beloved cows. He also volunteered his time coaching Wayne County recreation baseball teams for many years and was a member of Flint Branch Baptist Church.
Most of all, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather who always put his family first in everything he did, his family said.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Delores Strickland Miller of Screven; a daughter, Maria Miller, and her companion, Tony Sharpe, of Baxley; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Freddie N. and Lisa Miller Jr. of Jesup, Douglas and Hope Miller of Screven and Billy Murtha of Screven; one brother and sister-in-law, Durwood and Annette Miller of Screven; three grandchildren, Michael Miller Jacobs, Barrett Miller and Callie Ann Miller, all of Screven; five brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bernice and Charlene Strickland of Odum, Allen and Lorine Boyd of Odum, Linda and Donnie May of Nahunta, Shannon and Deborah Strickland of Jesup and Gwen and Terry Morris of Lineville, Alabama; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Scott Hickox and Dr. Ron Wilcox officiating.
Interment will follow in Screven City Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Billy Murtha, Keith Boatright, Levi Yoder, Ishon Roberson, George Roberson, Kee Roberson, Art Todd, Robert Todd, Scott Godwin, Billy Mac Burch, Steve Jones and Mark Jones.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Hospice of South Georgia, Members of the Local No. 787 Union and George Head.
Howard and Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Marion Louise Hilton Harris
Bristol—Marion Louise Hilton Harris, 92, of Bristol died Dec.17, 2018.
“She was a mama, grandma, great-grandma, great-great-grandma, wife, aunt, sister, neighbor, Christian —and in many books “saint,” her family said. She has sewn more stitches, broke more switches, flipped more pancakes, rocked more babies, forgiven more trespasses, shown more examples and blessed more people than most people will ever participate in collectively, in their whole families. She unselfishly gave of her time, money and talents for the betterment of her church, her family and her neighborhood. She was a true matriarch and beautiful Southern lady in the fullest sense of the words.”
She was preceded in death by her mama and daddy, Beatrice Wilson Hilton and John Wesley Hilton; husband, John L. Harris Sr.; son and daughter-in-law, John L. and Peggy Harris Jr.; granddaughter, Ginger Louise Harris; great-granddaughter, Bristol Kaye Harris; and sisters, Jessie Mae Beaver, Eureta Finn and June Rogers.
Survivors include five sons and four daughters-in-law, Donnie and Linda Harris of Waycross, Ronnie and Gayle Harris of Umatilla, Florida, Greg and Trisha Harris of Bristol, Rusty Harris of Bristol and Doug and Betsy Harris of Baxley; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Micky Morris of Odum and Sheryl and Jeff Ellis of Jesup; two sisters, Iona Lee Anderson of Jesup and Sidney Walker of Blackshear; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Bob Hilton of Screven and Leroy and Carol Hilton of Huntsville, Texas; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one and two-thirds great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.
The family says, “a large hole has opened in our family and it extends up to heaven, no doubt as the pathway for one true saint to enter the pearly gates. None can replace her on this earth, as the pattern from which she was formed is unique.”
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made by contribution to Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church, Women Active for Christ (WAC).
Services were held Dec. 20 at Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Bristol. Burial followed in Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home in Baxley.