Graveside services were held June 9, 2014, at Rosehill Cemetery in Brookhaven for Mr. Grover T. (GT) Miller, age 96, who died June 6 after a brief illness. He was a resident of The Waterford in Ridgeland, MS. Rev. Sonney Atkins officiated. Brookhaven Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. G.T. Miller was born August 30, 1917, in Carson, Mississippi, where he spent his childhood. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1939 and taught school in Columbia for three years.
A veteran of World War II, he entered the US Army in 1941 and served in North Africa, Italy, and the Philippines. He was a member of the Officer Reserve Corps until 1954.
He and his late wife, Dorothy Naul Miller, made their home in Brookhaven and later retired to Winterhaven, Florida. Mr. Miller retired from Chevron Oil Company and was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Brookhaven.
His parents, Erastas Lafayette Miller and Ophie Gay Carter Miller; his wife, Dot, and a sister, Ophie Mae Miller, preceded him in death.
He leaves behind three sisters, Vera Gore, Georgia Kirley, and Vonnie Jean McNease, all of Bassfield; and one brother, Lavelle Miller of Houston, TX. He also leaves behind Joy and Mary Perley who he and Dot fondly called their “adopted” grandchildren.
G.T. began writing poetry in his later years and impressed the residents of the Waterford who enjoyed both the humor and themes of his prose. His family and friends will miss his gentle nature and kind spirit.