In Loving Memory

Raymond Miller, Sr.

April 20, 1941 - January 12, 2021

Tribute

Raymond Wade Miller, Sr., a resident of Daphne, AL, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the age of 79.

Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Erin Hearon Miller; brother, John Winston Miller (Janice); son, Raymond Wade Miller, Jr. (Lynn); daughter, Lee Anne Miller; grandchildren, Kyle James Van Hulzen, Zachary Raymond Miller, Audrey Lynn Miller; loving sisters-in-law, Betty Carolyn Hearon-Love and Viviene Hearon Wood.

Raymond left a beautiful legacy. He served his God faithfully and was very committed to his church. Not only did he have this deep connection with Jesus, but he also had a true love for his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. His love for people was amazing. He was truly a giving man. He loved trips with his family and especially his grandchildren. He loved camping, family dinners, times with his son grilling out, but he especially loved his wife. He loved being right by her side. Nothing made him happier than to be surrounded by his family. Unfortunately, six years ago he was given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and he slowly declined. He was surrounded by his family to the end. We will forever be better for having him in our lives and knowing his unconditional love.

He was a graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He served in the Mississippi National Guard. At that point, he joined International Paper Company and worked in Financial Systems for 41 years. He worked in several Southern Craft Paper Mills before going to Corporate Accounting within International Paper Company.

He served as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, went on Mission trips, and volunteered with Family Promise, Our Little Roses, and Emmaus. He volunteered wherever he was needed in the church.

A Memorial Service has been planned for Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Daphne United Methodist Church, 240 Main Street in Daphne, AL.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com.  Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.

22 Comments

  1. Frank Kustura

    Erin,
    I’m very sorry to hear of Wade’s passing.
    Always enjoyed seeing and chatting with y’all at Bayfront while walking Herbie.
    My deepest sympathies.

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  2. Milton Turney

    Wade, will be missed. He always greeted me with a smile and a joke. He loved the Church and it showed. I know he is with Jesus, I just wish I knew what he said, when they met.

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  3. Angela Hoffstetter

    Dear Miller Family,
    I have many fond memories of Mr Miller. While spending time with my best friend, Lee, as a young teenager, He welcomed me into his home and on camping and beach trips, treating me as if I were part of the family. Later as an adult we no longer lived in the same state. But on the rare occasion I did spend time with Mr Miller, It always felt comfortable and familiar. He was friendly and had a good sense of humor. I was saddened to hear of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis a few years back and know this was so hard on his family. I’m glad I got to have lunch with Lee and Mr. and Mrs. Miller last year.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    With love, Angela

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  4. Beverly Walker

    Wade sure could put a smile on your face. I enjoyed his funny stories and jokes. We will miss him here, but look forward to seeing Wade later.

    Terry and Beverly Walker

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  5. Jo Gullette

    Wade was my first cousin. I always admired his love for Jesus. He had a wonderful sense of humor. We laughed so much the last time we visited. I would have liked to have seen more of him and his sweet family. He was a lucky man with a loving wife and two beautiful children. Now he is with his Savior. The next time we laugh together will be in heaven. Jo Gullette

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  6. Shirley Yates

    Erin this is a wonderful tribute for Wade. He had a wonderful life and I know he loved Jesus. I will miss him and our church will miss him.

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  7. Katie Wallace

    Mr. wade was always a bright spot in everyone’s day. His smile was contagious. He will be missed.

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  8. Kim Ralph

    We love Mr. Wade and will truly miss him.
    Brad and Kim Ralph

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  9. Kay Fillingim

    We became neighbors when Wade and Erin into a house two doors from us. We quickly became friends with them, and went on many camping trips together. They made great neighbors and we ate many meals together. Wade was very generous and we were blessed to receive his generosity in many ways. We were in a supper club together for many years and wade loved to play board games with his friends. Our grandsons loved Mr. Wade because he sought them out and became their buddies.
    We will miss his smiling face and gentle spirit.

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  10. Rhena Burks

    Miller Family,

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Wade at International Paper and had the utmost respect for him. He really was a mentor to me in many ways. I learned a lot from him through those years and have fond memories of his jovial personality and how well he treated others. May the Lord wrap you in His care and give you comfort and strength at this time and in the days ahead.

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  11. Cyndi Clark Denmark

    Erin & family, I always loved working at Emmaus with Wade! He was always such a sweetheart! Thankful we got to know him! We love you & will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!

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  12. Jerry Norwood

    Through my work in Southern Kraft IPC accounting and Memphis corporate work Wade and I would on occasion run into each other. While I didn’t know him well, he was always friendly, well thought of and helpful. So sorry for your long goodbye but your special memories are to be cherished for a lifetime.

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  13. Marilyn Price

    Beautifully written, but no words can truly express what a great man he was!

    Much love to all of you! Prayers for healing grace as you all go through this difficult time.

    Love,
    Marilyn & Randall Price

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  14. Daneve Neal

    Erin,
    I always enjoyed visiting with Wade at church. He was a special person and will be missed by all who loved him so, especially you.

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  15. Tom Bice

    I knew and worked with Wade while I was with International Paper (1963-1999).
    We always enjoyed talking through problems and finding solutions for IP-Financial Systems applications.
    We (me and my spouse, Anne) lived in Mobile on 2-different occasions(1970-72 and 1980-1987)
    and were Members of Skyline Swim Club(now Oakwood) both times. If my memory is correct, when
    we departed Mobile in 1972 (to Camden, AR), we sold our SCC-Membership to Wade and Erin.

    I always considered Wade a friend and compatriot in our IP-endeavors.
    …Tom Bice Gulf Shores, AL (since December 1999)

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  16. Viki McGinty Woerner

    Erin snd family,
    Your precious husband always made me smile for years at DUMC. I’m glad we were able to visit a little since I moved back, but missed his quick wit. Y’all are in my prayers.
    Viki McGinty Woerner

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  17. Phil Moore

    Erin, my heart goes out to you. I have very fond memories of working with Wade in “Big O’s” group. He was always a gentleman and caring friend. Always had a smile to great you.

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  18. Kurt

    Wade has always stood by his convictions. A great friend always. When my wife (Kay) passed in Jan last year. Wade was there. May God bless and keep Erin and family. I’ll never forget you Wade. You were always an inspiration. Rest In Peace my friend.

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  19. Ann Boyd

    Erin, I’m so sorry for your loss. Wade will forever be in our hearts. He was a delight to work with at the Emmaus walks and I will miss him greatly.

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  20. David Jeffries

    Erin,
    Wade and I worked together off and on for most of his forty one years with IP, starting in Bastrop in the late sixties. He was very proficient in his job duties, but most importantly, he was a trusted friend. I always enjoyed visiting with him at IP Retiree functions.

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  21. Jeannie Fair

    Erin,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Wade was always a smiling whenever I saw him at Church.
    You and your Family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  22. Anita Murry

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I worked with Wade at International Paper starting in 1990 until he retired. He mentored me and I learned a lot from him through the years. We would joke around about him being my work dad. I remember him calling me a few years ago and us talking about old times. It was such a blessing to hear from him and talk about working together and catching up on our families. May God give you comfort and strength during this time.

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