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Pastor L. Joe Miller

November 16, 1931 - August 17, 2013

Pastor L. Joe Miller

REMEMBERING PASTOR JOE MILLER-HIS LIFE AND MINISTRY

Charleston, IL – Pastor Lloyd D. “Joe” Miller, of Charleston, IL, passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 12:55 p.m., at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home in Mattoon, IL.

The funeral service in his honor will begin at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon, IL, with Pastor David Draper officiating. Interment will be in Hazel Dell Cemetery, Hazel Dell, IL. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening, August 20, 2013 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

Upon being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Mr. Miller wrote the following:
According to his birth certificate, Baby Boy Miller was born on November 16, 1931, in Fayette County, Illinois to Leonard Albert Miller and Regina Juanita Bumgardner Miller. He was later named Lloyd Dean Miller. Shortly after this, his grandfather Bumgardner’s old mule named Dean died. His parents immediately called him Lloyd Joe. He has one sister, Marilyn Yakel of Brownstown, Illinois, and one brother, Larry Miller and wife Jan of Ocala, Florida.

Growing up, Joe attended several one room schools. His first day of school was quite eventful. On the way, he stopped at a bridge to watch the fish, arriving at school almost two hours late with bare feet, bib overalls, and a big straw hat, thus bringing an eruption of laughter by all the other students. When the Millers moved to the small village of Avena, Illinois, they attended the Methodist church. At the age of 13, Joe accepted Christ at the altar of that church. After graduating from Brownstown High School in 1949, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in September. Basic training was at Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas with schools to follow at Ft. Riley, Kansas and St. Louis, Missouri.

Home from St. Louis on a weekend furlough, Joe met Wanda Barrington, and they instantly fell in love. On May 26, 1951 they were married in Wanda’s parents’ home in Altamont, Illinois by her pastor.

In December 1951, Joe was sent to Korea. While there he worked with missionaries. During this time he received his call to the ministry. He returned from Korea in December 1952, to see his beautiful baby daughter, Fayetta for the first time. She was born June 25, 1952.

They moved to Charleston, IL, where Joe attended Eastern Illinois University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. While there, on January 19, 1955, a blond-haired blue-eyed boy arrived. He was named Terry Joe. In 1957, while attending Eastern Illinois University, as well as teaching and coaching boys’ basketball at Rardin, IL, Joe and Wanda became members of East Harrison Street Church of God in Charleston, IL.

In 1958, Joe became pastor of the Hazel Dell Church of God in Hazel Dell, Illinois. Wanda graduated from Eastern Illinois University and began a career of teaching in elementary schools. In August, 1962, they returned to Charleston, Illinois to accept the pastorate of East Harrison Street Church of God. Their children, Fayetta and Terry, graduated from Charleston High School. In August 1972, the Millers moved to Shiremanstown, PA, where Joe served as pastor and worked at Central Publishing House as editor and writer of the “Workman Quarterly” and “Workman Teacher’s Quarterly,” the adult curriculum of the Churches of God.

When the publishing house closed, they relocated to Findlay, Ohio. There Joe met David Draper who was editor of the “Church Advocate.” Since the new denominational office building was not completed, their offices were in downtown Findlay above a shoe store. Many amusing things happened there:

1. Joe tried to get Dave to pull his tooth by tying to the doorknob, but Dave didn’t pull hard enough, so Joe got on a chair and jumped-out came the tooth.
2. Joe liked to take off his shoes and one day he couldn’t get them back on, so with shoes part way on, he walked down the stairs to the shoe store to borrow a shoe spoon.
3. This is the best one-Joe was stopped by the police when riding his bicycle to work on a one-way street going the WRONG WAY.

While at the General Conference Administrative Office, Joe served as director of Church School Curriculum and Editor of The Gem. In September of 1983, he accepted the pastorate of Indianapolis First Church of God.

During Joe’s work with the publications of the Churches of God, he wrote several articles and the following books:

• “Fellowship Study Guide” for Cecil Osborne’s “The Art of Understanding Yourself,” published by Zondervan Publishing House.
• A group study of “Exploring Ephesians,” a “Study Guide for Responsible Christians,” a book authored by Dr. F.D. Rayle; “Adults Alive,” principles and techniques for building an adult Sunday School program; and “Vital Signs-a study of First John,” all published by John Winebrenner Press.

With Fred Quade, Joe initiated the first “Celebration of Life Weekend,” an experience in renewal at the Duncannon Church of God near Harrisburg, PA. This renewal program was used in many churches across the General Conference.

Joe and Wanda also conducted “Sunday School Planaramas,” a training conference for building effective Sunday Schools, in many churches in the General Conference.

In 1989, the Millers returned to the Hazel Dell Church of God in Illinois-their first and last pastoral assignment. On December 31, 1993 they retired to Flint Ridge Resort in Kansas, OK.

During retirement years, Joe and Wanda did pastoral interims in Tulsa, OK; Richmond, Missouri; and Charleston, Illinois. They moved back to Charleston, IL in August 2003 after Terry said, “Dad, you are getting old, and you are going to die, get up here so I can take care of you.”

Joe and Wanda enjoyed the next several years in Charleston working on crafts together until Joe entered Harmony Center, the Alzheimer’s unit at Odd-Fellow Rebekah Home in Mattoon in December 2010. They had a big 60th anniversary celebration at the Home in May 2011 with over 100 family and friends attending and most recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. They also celebrated having been blessed with two children, Terry Joe Miller and wife Kathy of Charleston, IL, and Fayetta Wilson and husband Duane of Charlotte, NC; three grandchildren, Lori Miller of San Diego, CA, Travis Wilson and wife Suzanne of Austin, TX, and Mallory Chacon and husband Jesus of Charlotte, NC; six great grandchildren, Brooklynn, J.R., and Micah Chacon; and Joseph, Jack, and Ellen Wilson; two nephews, Dan Yakel and Barry Miller, and one niece, Louella Christensen.

Joe passed peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, August 17 at 12:55 pm with family at his side. He is now walking and worshiping on streets of gold! He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother in law, Charles Yakel.

Memorials may be made to the Family Worship Center Building Fund, 1816 Broadway Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938.

Please visit www.mitchell-jerdan.com or www.facebook.com/mitchelljerdanfuneralhom to light a virtual candle in his honor or share a memory with his family.

Funeral Information

The funeral service in his honor will begin at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon, IL, with Pastor David Draper officiating. Interment will be in Hazel Dell Cemetery, Hazel Dell, IL. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening, August 20, 2013 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

Donations Information

Memorials may be made to the Family Worship Center Building Fund, 1816 Broadway Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938.

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