Garland Miller

Garland Edward Miller Sr.

Sunday, June 27th, 1943 - Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
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Garland E. Miller, Sr., 76, of Winchester, died Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Blue Ridge Hospice where his family kept a constant vigil by his side.

Mr. Miller was born June 27, 1943 in Frederick County, VA; the son of the late Carl H. and Hildred Roomsby Miller. He was a 1961 graduate of James Wood High School. After high school graduation, he proudly served in the US Army stationed in Europe.

On August 23, 1964, he married the love of his life, Carol Bennett Miller, in Frederick County, Virginia.

He leaves behind his wife, who served as his devoted care giver for the past several years, his two beloved children, Garland E. “Rick” Miller, Jr. and Cheryl L. Green and his sister, Freda Hott, all of Frederick County. Also surviving are the lights of his life; his five grandchildren: Devin Call and his wife, Laura, who are stationed with the U.S. Navy in Japan, Zoe Green, Benjamin Miller, Caroline Miller, and Adam Miller all of Frederick County. Their “Paw-Paw” attended every sporting event, art show, academic banquet, church event, or program they were involved in. He was determined to be there cheering them on. His eldest grandchild, Devin Call, and his wife Laura honored his grandparents by marrying on their 54th wedding anniversary. They will soon be parents to Mr. Miller’s first great- grandchild, a daughter, to be born in Japan later this month.

He served his community through many noble actions. His great love of animals led to a 20- year career as the Animal Control Officer with the Winchester Police Department. He was known for calming any creature he was called in to assist. His gentle nature and loving mannerism seemed to build a trust with animals. Serving on the Board of the Winchester SPCA was a privilege for him. His other community service included being a member of St. Paul’s on the Hill Episcopal Church, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Izaak Walton League. He also served with the Winchester Rescue Squad.

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:20-21.

The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Winchester.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Winchester with Chaplain Mark Ransom officiating. Following the service, burial will take place in the family cemetery at Fairview Lutheran Church in Gore, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601 or to the Winchester SPCA, 115 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, VA 22601.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Jones Funeral Home - Winchester
    228 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
    WINCHESTER, VA 22601
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  • Service

    Jones Funeral Home - Winchester
    228 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
    WINCHESTER, VA 22601
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    Chaplain Mark Ransom
  • Interment

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 |
    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
    Fairview Lutheran Church Cemetery
    464 Fairview Road
    GORE, VA 26851
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Pam, Mike and Matt

Posted at 07:48am
Keeping you all in our prayers this week and in upcoming week. Love and Hugs to all of you.
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Wanda Lloyd

Posted at 09:53am
Cheryl, my heart breaks for you. I know you were a "daddy's girl" - you always will be. Always remember- "Those we love don't go away, they sit beside us every day".

Love, Wanda


Posted at 07:54pm
Dear Carol and family,
We are sorry to hear of Garland's passing but know he is with Jesus where he is healed. Earth is only a temporary home, but Heaven is eternal. Prayers are going up for God to help you, comfort you and give you peace. We have many fond memories and love you all. We will be praying for all.
Love, Dale and Merle Kerns

Jonelle Trimmer

Posted at 05:05pm
Dear Rick,
Peter and I are truly sorry for the loss of your father. You and your family are in our hearts and minds.

Everett Bowers

Posted at 04:43pm
To Carol and family,
We want to send our condolences to the family in memory of Garland. Garland was a good man and Everett enjoyed working with him during his time at the police department. Several times over the years, Everett would talk about some experiences he had on the force. Everett talked about this one particular story just a few weeks ago. He and Garland were dispatched on a call involving a skunk. Garland told Everett "to stand back, don't move, and stay quiet". Everett wondered how Garland would capture the skunk and not get sprayed. Garland proceeded to carry a sheet, that he unfolded and spread out in front of him, holding it up with his arms, then very quietly and carefully covered the skunk and then put it in a cage. Garland got back in the vehicle and left. Still today Everett is amazed how Garland was able to deal with that skunk and keep it from spraying. Garland was a wonderful animal control officer.
Garland will be missed for sure, but we have wonderful stories for remembering him and to share with others.

With fondest memories,
Everett & Janet Bowers


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