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East Lawn Funeral Home & East Lawn Memorial Park

4997 Memorial Blvd, Kingsport, TN

OBITUARY

Trula W. Miller

September 16, 1921August 30, 2019
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Trula W. Miller, 97, of Kingsport went to be with the Lord on August 30, 2019.

Trula was born in Dante, Virginia on September 16, 1921 to the late William M. and Bessie May Woods Wilkerson. Trula grew up a coal miner’s daughter. She moved to Kingsport at an early age, working at the lunch counter at Russell’s Drug Store on five points. Every week, she walked to Eastman to apply for work to get better pay to help move her mom to Kingsport. She worked in the cafeteria at Tennessee Eastman where she met a handsome man, whom she always gave extra ice cream on his pie; this man later became our dad. She and Albert Miller married in 1941 in San Antonio, Texas, where he was stationed at Ft. Sam Houston during WWII.

Trula had a full life! She has been a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church since 1954. After raising her daughters, she worked for over 25 years in the cafeteria at Cedar Grove Elementary School. She has always stayed involved in cooking for Meals on Wheels, her church love meals, delivering cookies to local hospitals, making hats for cancer and NICU patients, singing in the church choir, going to ETSU ballgames, watching the Atlanta Braves and UT Vols Basketball, playing bingo at Bloomingdale Ruritan and with her neighbors at Pinebrook. She never missed a chance to go somewhere and do something.

In addition to her parents, Trula is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Albert Miller; sisters, Dora Glovier, Lucille Horne, Gladys Lowe, and Virginia Doyle; and brothers, Arthur, Carlos, Vernon, Garvie, and Cline Wilkerson.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Moffitt and husband Don and Nancy Bishop and husband Tom; grandchildren, Celeste Arrowood and husband Kenny, Eric Bishop and wife Charlotte, Preston Moffitt and wife Kimberly; great-grandchildren, Christian, Brady, Emery and Aiden; sister-in-law, Vada Wilkerson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of church friends and many loving neighbors in her community of Pinebrook.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:30pm at East Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2:30pm with Pastor Larry Browder officiating. Trula will be laid to rest beside her husband following the funeral at East Lawn Memorial Park in the Chapel of Memories Mausoleum.

Pallbearers will be: Tom Bishop, Eric Bishop, Preston Moffitt, Kenny Arrowood, Christian Bishop and Brady.

Honorary pallbearers will include the Cedar Grove Ladies Sunday School Class and Pinebrook Neighbors.

Flowers may be sent to East Lawn Funeral Home or donations may be made to Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 125 Coley St., Kingsport, TN 37660.

The family would like to thank the loving people at Crown Cypress who assisted us as if she had lived there forever and Amedysis Hospice for their loving care for our mother.

  • FAMILY

  • Barbara Moffitt and Husband Don and Nancy Bishop and husband Tom, Daughters
  • Celeste Arrowood and Husband Kenny, Eric Bishop and Wife Charlotte, Preston Moffitt and Wife Kimberly, Grandchildren
  • Christian, Brady, Emery and Aiden, Great-Grandchildren
  • Vada Wilkerson, Sister-In-Law
  • Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins, Family
  • A Host of Church Friends and Many Loving Neighbors in Her Community of Pinebrook, Friends
  • William M. and Bessie Woods Wilkerson, Parents - Deceased
  • Albert Miller, Husband - Deceased
  • Dora Glovier, Lucille Horne, Gladys Lowe and Virginia Doyle, Sister- Deceased
  • Arthur, Carlos, Vernon, Garvie and Cline Wilkerson, Brothers- Deceased
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tom Bishop
  • Eric Bishop
  • Preston Moffitt
  • Kenny Arrowood
  • Christian Bishop
  • Brady
  • Cedar Grove Ladies Sunday School Class, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Pinebrook Neighbors, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, September 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, September 1, 2019
  • Graveside Service Sunday, September 1, 2019

Memories

Trula W. Miller

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Doris Gray Helton

September 1, 2019

Barbara and Nancy, I’m so sorry to hear the loss of your mother. She will be missed by all. She was one of my mothers dearest friends. They worked together for many years. But to hear them talk about it they loved every minute of it. It was more fun for them than they would probably admit. They sure did take care of the school kids. None of them ever went hungry. After retiring their little work crew stayed in contact with each other. Whether it was talking on the phone or having one of their amazing “girls day out” trips, which started early with breakfast and then on to do a little shopping but always ended with Stoney’s Hot Fudge Cake!! One thing for sure, we are left with lots of good memories. I send this little note to Honor the life and friendship of your Mother and in Memory of my Mother Patsy Gray. We will all meet again “Some glad morning when our life is ore”
“We will all see Jesus, What a glorious day that will be “ Prayers for all.

Carolyn Baker

September 1, 2019

My mother Nancy Arnold lived two doors away from Trula. Mother had difficulty walking and Trula would bring mother’s paper to her front door each morning so mother wouldn’t have to walk outside. Mother fell this spring, and after hospital and rehab stay, we moved mother to assisted living. Mother loved Trula and enjoyed her visits and was grateful for Trula’s service to the Pinebrook neighborhood. Please know our prayers are with you. Deepest sympathy.

Michael Surgenor

September 1, 2019

Barbara and Nancy, you two were fortunate to have such fine parents. When I was a beginning teacher in Sullivan at Cedar Grove School your mom worked in the cafeteria. My morning planning period was as 10:30 and I’d head down stairs for coffee. One of the things they made best was bread rolls. What made them so good was your mom’s ice box jam which she always had ready. She was so good to me and i’ll Always keep fond memories her discussion of the day. Albert? Now there’s another story. We were of the same political persuation and he, I, and other people of the Cedar Grove precinct spent a lot of time together during election time. I Believe he told me one time about taking the family on vacation toMexico which I once tried to replicate but not driving all the way. In 1990 I first ran for county commission and two of the first people I asked to sign my petition were those two. I’m telling you - They were a fantastic couple and I’ll neverforget them!
Michael Surgenor

Jewel Garren

August 31, 2019

Nancy & family... so sorry to read of your mother’s passing!! Prayers for peace & comfort that we know GOD gives to see her again one day!!! Love you & your family!!!

Jo McDavid

August 31, 2019

Nancy, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She will be missed.

Janet Mullins

August 30, 2019

Oh how she will be missed. She was loved by all. She will be especially missed by her Sunday school class and WOM at Cedar Grove.

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