Juanita Aldridge Miles, 92, died on the 18th of November 2012, under Hospice care at the family cottage on St. Simon’s Island after an extended illness. She was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County having been born in Surrency and spending her adult life in Baxley. She was a full time loving and caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend and confidant. Ms. Miles was a member of First Baptist Church of Baxley, a past officer and member of Queen Ester-Fidelis Sunday-School Class, a member of the Julia Jarman Circle at First Baptist Church for eight years, a member of First Baptist Church Choir for eighteen years, a member of Pine Forest Garden Club for twenty plus years, and an active member in regular bridge and canasta groups.
Her husband, Dan Wilcox Miles, predeceased her.
She is survived by her daughter, Laura Anne Miles Hays (Walter William Hays) of Colquitt; her son, Robert D. (Bob) Miles (Priscilla Marshall Miles) of St. Simons Island; five grandchildren, Mary Ansley H. Jones (Brant Jones) of St. Simons Island; Walter Williams Hays, Jr. of Athens, Laura Grace M. Moore (Ted Moore) of Savannah, Melanie Anne Hays of Memphis, TN, Dr. Robert D. Miles, Jr. (Laura Thompson) of Thomasville; nine great grandchildren, Hayley Anne Jones, Walter William Hays III, Martha Thompson Miles, Jane Grace Moore, Brantley Kate Jones, Willard Emmett Miles, John Bishop Hays, Sarah Priscilla Moore and Mary Dubose Miles.
She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Aldridge Cansler of Flowery Branch.
Her parents, Laura Ellen Tillman Aldridge and Claude Lee Aldridge of Surrency, predeceased her as did her four brothers, Theron, James, Tillman and Isaac Aldridge.
Special appreciation is extended to her long standing friend, secretary and records keeper, Lisa Pearce, as well as to her friend and loving caregiver, Shelia Goggins. Special recognition and heartfelt thanks are given to Doctors Anthony Moran, Tim Jamison and Marcia Certain and to Heartland Hospice and its kind and compassionate nurses and administrative staff.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 at First Baptist Church, Baxley, with the Rev. Ronald Cansler, the Rev. Tommy Jordan and the Rev. Keith Alderman officiating. Interment followed in Omega Cemetery. Visitation was held Wednesday morning at the church from 9:30 to 10:30.
Active pallbearers were Walter William Hays, Jr., Dr. Robert D. Miles Jr., William T. Moore, Jr., Brant Jones, Grady Miles, Jr., Allen Miles and Mike Miles.
Honorary pallbearers were Queen Ester-Fidelis Sunday-School Class of First Baptist Church, Lisa Pearce, Glenn Pearce and all who were in attendance.
Musical selections were rendered by the Rev. Tommy Jordan and David Williams.
Memorial gifts may be made to Queen Ester-Fidelis Sunday-School Class of the First Baptist Church of Baxley, to the First Baptist Church of Baxley, GA 31513 or to Heartland Hospice, 664 Scranton Road, Brunswick, GA 31525.
Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.