J. Merrell Miles, age 73, of Baxley, died Thursday, October 31, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in Savannah.Miles was born July 1, 1940, in Appling County. He was the son of the late Willis Frank Miles and Bertha Lillian Beckworth Miles. Miles was the owner of J. M. Miles Construction and was a member of Red Oak Baptist Church where he was an active member of the Adult Sunday School Class and a deacon. Miles was a member of the Exchange Club, Gideons International and Young Farmers Appling Chapter. He served in the Air National Guard. Miles worked hard his whole life to provide for his family. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren and left them a love filled Christian heritage.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl Miles, Dale Miles and a sister, Karlene Sellers.
Survivors include his wife, Norma Faye Miles of Baxley; one daughter, Redonnia Miles Jackson of Brunswick; one son, Keith Merrell Miles of Baxley; one sister, Treva Mullins of Decatur; one brother, Jewell Miles of Hazlehurst; three grandchildren and 20 nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m. at Red Oak Baptist Church with the Rev. Daniel Harris, the Rev. Robbie Gill and the Rev. Denny Waters officiating.
Active pallbearers were Ricky Williams, Victor Williams, Rodney Williams, Vann Mills, Jr., Jarrett Williams and Reggie Miles.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Adult Sunday School Class of Red Oak Baptist Church, employees of J M Miles Construction, Inc., and Exchange Club of Appling County.
Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to Red Oak Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Robert Williams, 4070 Red Oak Rd., Baxley, Ga. 31513
Music was performed by David Williams, Elaine Edwards and Julie Hawkins.
The funeral was under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.