Willard Abe Miles
February 26, 1933 – May 7, 2021
Willard Abe Miles, 88, of Pearl, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2021 while at home surrounded by his family.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Springfield Baptist Church in Morton.
He was born on February 26, 1933 in Polkville, Mississippi to the late Clifton Henry Miles and Hattie Mae Arender Miles. He was inducted into the Mississippi School for the Deaf sports hall of fame for his outstanding high school athletic career. His love for sports continued through many nights spent cheering on Ole Miss and the Atlanta Braves over the years. Most of all, he loved Jesus and his family. He wanted to be together with them all the time that he could and valued every moment they shared together. They fondly recall so many precious memories, including enjoying some of his delicious fried chicken. He was always talking about how proud he was of his grandkids and great-grandkids. Any time he was able to be there, whether attending events or just a casual visit, he never hesitated.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Miles; sister, Rodean Earls; and brother, Robert O'Neal Miles.
Willard is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Joyce Murphy Miles; son, Larry Miles (Tammy); daughter, Jeanette Strong; grandchildren, Tommy Strong, Ruben Miles (Delia), and Kayla Miles Saxton (Cody); great-grandchildren, Meredith Miles and Miles Saxton; brother, Jimmy Dale Miles (Diane); brother-in-law, Terry Murphy (Karen); sister-in-laws, Mary Miles and Sherry Hodge (Larry); and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and close friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Gideons International at www.gideons.org/donate
- Joyce Murphy Miles, Loving wife of 68 years
- Larry Miles (Tammy), Son
- Jeanette Strong, Daughter
- Tommy Strong, Grandchild
- Ruben Miles (Delia), Grandchild
- Kayla Miles Saxton (Cody), Grandchild
- Meredith Miles, Great-Grandchild
- Miles Saxton, Great-Grandchild
- Jimmy Dale Miles (Diane), Brother
- Terry Murphy (Karen), Brother-In-Law
- Mary Miles, Sister-In-Law
- Sherry Hodge (Larry), Sister-In-Law
- and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and close friends
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Willard Abe Miles
May 10, 2021
Our deepest sympathies, on your loss. May God give you comfort, in your time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dennis & McRee Auto Electric
May 10, 2021
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time of loss. While we are never ready to let our loved ones go, the Lord promises to sustain us through our grief. May His comfort and peace encompass you all.
John & Brenda Keith
May 9, 2021
I met Mr Miles and his sweet wife, Joyce through my involvement with the Deaf community and MSD.
Mr. Miles was a man of character,trustworthy, a Christian and a true Southern gentleman. He was dedicated to helping his fellowman his church, his school and his community through his involvement in various civic and social activities.
Our Deaf Nation owe Mr Miles a debt of graditude for all of his service he rendered to MSD and MAD. He was a MSD Bulldog through and through.
Mr Miles was a great dad and I was honored when he told me I was one of his "adopted" sons.
Brenda and I love you sir and we will miss you deeply. Rest in Peace knowing you fought the good fight on earth.... Hotty Totty!!!!
John P & Brenda K Keith