Durben Erie Miller

May 30, 1920May 12, 2018

Durben Erie Miller passed away peacefully at his home in SugarLand, Texas on May 12, 2018 just 18 days shy of his 98th birthday. Durben was born on May 30, 1920 in Cleveland Ohio to Pearl Elizabeth Morehouse and William Wade Miller. The family moved to Paragould Arkansas where the family owned a farm for many years. He is preceded in death by his brothers Robert (Bob) Miller and William (Bill) Dudley Miller. Durben is survived by his wife of 71 years, Pearl Fisher Miller, his four (4) children, Durben Erie Miller, Jr, of Slidell, Louisiana, Ray William Miller of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Peggy Jean (Miller) Arnold of Comfort, Texas, and his son, John Robert Miller of SugarLand, Texas. Mr. Miller is survived by eight (8) grandchildren and ten (10) great grandchildren. Durben graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1944 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation Mr. Miller joined the US Navy in the Pacific Theatre on multiple LST ships and was honorably separated in 1946 after participating in the Philippine Liberation, Asiatic-Pacific Theater, the American Theater and receiving the Victory Medal. After serving in the US Navy he married Pearl Ada Fisher of Merchantville, New Jersey on April 12, 1947. Mr. Miller then began his 38 year career with Gulf Oil Corporation which located the family nine (9) times in five (5) different states. In 1984, Mr. Miller received the golden handshake and retired from Gulf Oil (now Chevron). Mr. Miller served several Presbyterian and Methodist Churches in leadership positions over many years. He enjoyed his family, the outdoors, and gardening and was especially fond of ice cream. Durben was a wonderful husband, father, servant to the Lord’s work, and friend to all. The memories of times spent with Mr. Miller are treasures to be shared. A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday May 17th at 4 pm at the Christ United Methodist Church located at 3300 Austin Parkway. Pastors Michelle Hall and Chappell Temple will officiate the memorial service on Thursday. The following Monday May 21st there will be a military service for Mr. Miller who was a Naval Officer during WWII and then following a Naval Reservist. In Lieu of Flowers consider a donation to Christ United Methodist Church in Durben Miller’s name. Tribute and or words of condolence can be left at


  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 17, 2018

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