Edward Eugene Miller of Coleman, Texas, passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020 at the age of 86. He was born September 30, 1934, in Tell, Childress County, Texas, the fourth of eight children to Roy Lee Miller and Eva Gertie (Lindsey) Miller. The family moved to Lynn County, Texas in 1938.
In 1954 Ed was climbing poles and installing telephones throughout the Tahoka, O’Donnell area. That was the year that he made the acquaintance of his future wife, Martha Pearl Cooley, of Dawson County, Texas. Ed installed a telephone in Pearl’s house and since he did not have a telephone, he would climb a pole and hook up to the wires so he could talk to his future bride at night while they were dating. In September of that year, with their two best friends, they drove across the state line to Oklahoma, and were married in Hollis, Harmon County.
Ed and Pearl lived in Tahoka where their first child, Gary Edward, was born in 1955; Jeana Ruth followed in 1959. They relocated to Big Spring, Texas in 1965, and their youngest son Gregory Lee was born there in 1967. They were owners of Miller Electric, an oilfield service company, and in the mid-1970s, Miller Farm Services, an agricultural trucking company. Ed continued to run Miller Farm Services until 2018.
Ed and Pearl were very blessed with the friendships they made working in the cotton hauling and grain harvest business over many years in West Texas and South Texas. In the early 1990s they purchased a small ranch in Coleman County and made their residence there for the rest of their lives.
Those left to cherish Ed’s memory are his son Gary Miller (wife Paula) of Midland, Texas; Jeana Miller Newman of Coleman, and Gregory Miller of Lakeway, Texas. His sisters, Sue Shill of Gruver, and Donna Brooks (husband Neely), of Tahoka, and his brother Milton Miller (wife Geneva), also of Tahoka, also survive him. Ed is also survived by his grandchildren Vanessa Reitzer (husband Chris); Jonathan Adams (wife Brandy); Austin Miller; Laken Miller; Shelby Newman and Hudson Miller, and by his great-grandchildren Dylan Adams, Maxwell Adams, Gavin Adams, and Marley Miller.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pearl and his siblings, R. L., Wilford, Jack, and J.T.
Viewing will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, Coleman, Texas. There will also be a viewing from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, 1701 Avenue K, Tahoka, Texas. Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2020 at Nevels Cemetery in Tahoka, Texas. Services are entrusted to Stevens Funeral Home in Coleman.
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