George Edward Miller, 92, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017, at Brookridge Baptist Retirement Community, in Winston-Salem.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, February 12, 2017, at First Baptist Church, in Taylorsville, with Reverend Dan Redding officiating. Burial will be in Mountlawn Memorial Park, in North Wilkesboro. The family will receive friends from 1:15 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. prior to the service.
Mr. Miller was born December 7, 1924, in Wilkes County, son of Carl Presley and Electa Holland Miller. As a veteran of WWII, he served in the Navy as a Fireman 1st Class on the USS Hoel. On October 25, 1944, in the Leyte Gulf (Battle of Samar), the USS Hoel was sunk with George being one of only 86 survivors. Among his many medals were the Presidential Unit Citation w/1 Star Task Unit 77.4.3, the Purple Heart and the World War II Victory.
After discharge, he earned a four year accounting degree from Clevenger Business College. He then served as an Airman 1st Class in the Air Force during the Korean War. Discharged from the Air Force in 1954, he began a successful accounting career spanning 50 years. Mr. Miller was a dedicated member of First Baptist of Taylorsville.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years, Mildred Campbell Miller; his infant sons, Earl Michael and Carl Matthew; brothers, David, Ralph and James Miller; and sisters, Margaret Stroud and Opal Miller.
He is survived by a daughter, Lynne Miller Givens and husband David Givens of Winston-Salem; a son, Ronald Edward Miller and wife Frankie Watts Miller of Lewisville; six grandchildren and their spouses; 17 great-grandchildren; and his sisters-in-law, Reba Campbell Vannoy of Charleston, South Carolina, and Bernice Miller of Granite Falls.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Brookridge Baptist Retirement Community for their loving and supportive care during his stay there.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 305, Taylorsville, NC 28681.