H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel

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Merille Miller Joiner

December 23, 1936July 23, 2020

Merille Miller Joiner, 83, died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Clarkston, Ga on July 23, 2020. She was born in Fitzgerald, Ga to the late Odelia and Ruben Miller on Dec. 23, 1936. The family relocated to Albany, Ga in the early 1940’s. After graduating from Albany High School, Merille began working for Citizens & Southern Bank. She married Foster Edward Joiner, Jr. of Albany in 1959. Together they had two sons, Foster Edward Joiner, III and Stephen Merrel Joiner.

In addition to being a devoted mother, Merille volunteered for several civic organizations. Later her family relocated to Marietta, Ga. where she obtained her accounting degree and began a career at Lanier Worldwide until retiring at age 65.

She is survived by her sons Foster of Clarkston and Steve (Margaret) of Atlanta, and 3 grandsons Dallis (Martha Stewart) of Savannah, Everett of Warner Robins, and Thomas of Atlanta. Also, her only sibling Dorothy Miller Shamanski of Fayetteville and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held at Georgia Memorial Park on Tuesday, July 28 at 11:00 in Marietta, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hearing Loss Association of America or Eastside Baptist Church (Marietta Ga.).


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020


Merille Miller Joiner

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Dan Miller

July 27, 2020

Memories ...memories...one humorous one that I recall is one that Daddy told all of us: At Uncle Rub's meat plant in Albany, my daddy (Merille's uncle) Otis Miller worked there for a time & sometimes would be sent to the store to buy a small carton of ice cream for Dot & Merille. Upon returning with it, he would cut it in half to give it to them. Dot would say "Merille got more than me!" Then he'd have to go back to the store to buy another carton so they'd both have the same amount for certain. Kids say the darnedest things. Mine sure have. Laugh & hang onto the good memories. God bless.

Henrietta (Henri) Drew

July 27, 2020

I have very fond and happy childhood memories of my beautiful cousin, Merille. My father, Henry Rabon, Merille’s uncle, my Mother, & two sisters often came to Albany, Ga. to visit Aunt Odelia, my grandfather, & cousins, Merille & Dot. Merille was sooo beautiful, loving, and caring to her younger cousins. She made me feel special. She kept her little cousins busy with swimming, skating, drive-in- movies. Precious childhood memories. As a young girl in college, I often visited with Merille, Foster, & their precious sons, Foster & Steve. Again, Merille was gracious, kind, & loving. She definitely left footprints on my heart. My thoughts & prayers are with the family as you remember your beautiful amazing caring mother & grandmother. Treasure and cherish you memories as I will. Henrietta Rabon Drew


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