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Louis MillerOctober 10, 1932 ~ June 10, 2015 (age 82)
Louis Miller, 82, a native of Ethel, LA and a resident of Gray, LA, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Ochsner St. Ann General Hospital.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2015 and from 9:00 a.m. until funeral time at the church on Saturday. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at New Rising Sun Baptist Church located at 230 St. Charles St. in Houma, LA 70360 with Rev. Kenneth Wayne Jackson officiating. He will be interred in the Louisiana National Cemetery in Zachary, Louisiana on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Louis received his early education at the Spears Rosenwald Elementary School in Ethel, Louisiana. He graduated from McKinley High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and continued his education at Southern University in Baton Rouge. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree, with a plus 30 graduate hours in administration and supervision. He engaged in additional graduate study at Nicholls State University, Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana Tech University. He was a Korean War Veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. Louis served an additional eight years in the Louisiana National Guard.
Louis was a member of the New Rising Sun Baptist Church, where he served as chairman of the following: Trustee Board, Building Committee, Day Care Center Board of Directors and member of the Education and Men's Day Committees.
As an employee of the Terrebonne Parish School System for 38 years, he served as a classroom teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, Supervisor of Vocational Education and Director of Vocational Education and Federal Programs. He retired in 1994.
When Louis was appointed Supervisor, his dream was to set up a progam designed to prepare young people who were not "college bound." The superintendent at that time, Mr. Henry Breaux, was most supportive and encouraged him to present a proposal for a Vocational Technical High School. This he did; the board approved it, and it became the first Vocational Technical High School in the Houma area. This school is located on the Houma Air Base and serves students from all Terrebonne Parish High Schools with a variety of trades.
A business entrepreneur, he was president of H & M Enterprises, Woodroffe and Miller, Inc. Terrebonne Business and Investment Corporation, Louis Miller, Inc. as well as president of the TEA Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Terrebonne Parish Community Development Corporation and an advisory member of the Fletcher Community College.
Louis was a life member of the Southern University Alumni Association, served on the Southern University Board of Supervisors, founder and Advisory Board Member of the Bayou Jaguar Supporters, Inc. where he was president for several years. He was a member of the Louisiana Retired Teacher's Association, Phi Delta Kappa, American Legion Post 31, and the NAACP.
He is survived by his wife, Martina Chambers Miller; daughters, Joaquina (Terry) Washington and Kimri Miller; four grandchildren, Tia, Ebony, and Nathaniel Smith and Kyla Miller; great grandchildren Nevaeh and Tailyn Smith; sisters, Willie Mae Galloway, Ruth Hall, Dolores Woodruff and Joyce (Albert) Mann; brothers-in-law, James Chambers and Ghentel (Priscilla) Chambers; sister-in-law, Bettye C. Buckner; godson, Tedrick Knightshed; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend Willie Henry Miller and Beatrice Haynes Miller; brother, Felton Miller; sisters, Mable Fletcher and Lois Bowman; and godson, Darius Jehan Douglas.
Jones Funeral Home of Houma is in charge of arrangements.