COOPERS — Edris Ruth Henry Miller, age 82, of Coopers, W.Va., passed away Monday, August 9, 2010 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, Va. Edris was born November 9, 1927 in Coopers, W.Va. to the late Reverend John Webb Henry and Elmary Henry Wright.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar B. Miller, Sr.; her parents; four brothers, James Henry, John Henry, Paul Henry, and Joseph Henry; two sisters, Bishop Jean Williams and Anna Huiett.
Left to cherish her memories are two sons, Oscar Bruce Miller, Jr., Bluefield, W.Va., Karl (Gloria) Miller, Northfork, W.Va.; daughter, Karen Miller, Bluefield
W.Va.; a sister, Josephine Bristow, Bridgeport, Conn.; two special sisters-in-law, Margaret E. Miller, Riverdale, Ga., and Jean R. Henry, Baltimore, Md.; twelve grandchildren; Regina Hawthorne, who she helped rear during her high school years; a host of other nieces, nephews and friends.
Mrs. Miller was a member of Mill Creek Missionary Baptist Church of Coopers, W.Va., serving on the Missionary Society, Usher Board, Sunday School, Senior Choir, Chairman of Program Committee, Pulpit Committee and Trustee Board.
She attended Bluestone Elementary and was a graduate of Bluestone High School.
She received her undergraduate degree from Bluefield State College in 1948 and started her career as a teacher in the segregated Bluestone High School in Bramwell and later began teaching at Bramwell Elementary.
She taught for a total of 32 years.
She was a member of the National Education Association, West Virginia Education Association, and Mercer County Education Association.
She served as council woman for Bramwell, W.Va., being the first African American elected to public office in Mercer County.
She was a faithful and active member of the Flat Top Missionary Baptist Association, the West Virginia State Music Convention, and the West Virginia Baptist State Convention. She served in several capacities as Camp Co-Director and counselor of the Price Abram Encampment.
Mrs. Miller was a member of the following: Red Hats Society, Bluefield State College Alumni, District Number 1 Sunday School Union, West Virginia Baptist State Music Convention, West Virginia Baptist State Music Chorus, West Virginia Baptist State Convention, Senior Bowling Leagues at Green Valley and Mountaineer Lanes. Also, she was a member of the Masonic family of Heroines of Jericho, Crusaders, Amaranth, and Eastern Star. She served as most Ancient Matron of Dew Drop Court in Bluefield, W.Va. and past Matron of Queen Victoria Chapter #5 Order of Eastern Star.
She served as president from the following: West Virginia Baptist State Women’s Auxiliary and the Flat Top Women’s District Convention. She served as the Grand Worthy Matron of Rhododendron Grand Chapter for the state of West Virginia Order of the Eastern Star.
She served as past president of the following: Bluefield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Flat Top Baptist Ushers Union.
Edris will be truly missed by many. She never met a stranger for she lived her life by serving others.
Funeral will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, August 14, 2010 from the Greater Mount Zion Pentecostal Church, 104 Park Ave., Bluefield, W.Va., with the Reverend Robert Johnson and the Reverend Frank Jones officiating. Burial will be at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday at the church from 10-12.
A memorial service will be conducted by Queen Victoria and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority beginning at 11 a.m.
The Miller family is being served by the McConnell Funeral Home in Bluefield, W.Va.