MR. CLARENCE MILLER, SR. On January 22, 2014, our Lord God called Clarence Miller home to rest from his labor. |
Clarence Miller, a native Houstonian, Educator, Entrepreneur, Husband, Father, and Grandfather, was born on November 8, 1924 to Alphonse Miller and Susie Ann Greer. A product of the Houston Independent School District, he graduated from Jack Yates Senior High School in 1942.
During World War II, Clarence served his country in the United States Navy as a Seaman 1st Class where he spent a three year tour of duty primarily overseas. After being honorably discharged from service in 1945, he returned to Houston, where he met a very special young lady, Ms. Lucille Punch. Following a beautiful courtship, Clarence and Lucille were married on November 26, 1946 which lasted for more than 68 years.
After their marriage, Clarence enrolled in Texas Southern University earning a Bachelor of Science degree. A strong believer in education, Clarence furthered his education and earned a Masters of Education as well. He spent 30 years with both the Aldine and Houston Independent School Districts serving and shaping the minds of young people as a Teacher, Administrator, and Vocational Counselor. He retired from the Houston ISD in 1986.
A Christian, Clarence united with the newly established Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church shortly after its founding in 1962. He served as an active member and worked diligently as founding member of the Usher Board. He was the first troop leader of Boy Scout Explorer Troop 242 that produced four Eagle Scouts ( including his son, Clarence II - the troop's first Eagle Scout) during his tenure. He also worked with the Family Connection Committee.
Clarence was dedicated to service, spending numerous hours working with civic and social organizations throughout the Houston Community. While attending TSU he was initiated into the Tau Epsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in 1951. Following graduation, he joined the Nu Phi Chapter and served as Basileus, Vice Basileus, and Editor to the Oracle. He was one of the founding committee members of Nu Phi Chapter's Annual Go Western Dance. He also was Undergraduate Advisor to Tau Epsilon Chapter at TSU. Additionally, he served as District Level Texas State Representative (South) for 10 years, District Marshall for the 9th District Meeting held in Houston, and National Level Grand Marshall for the 54th Grand Conclave 60th Anniversary.
Clarence was also a member of the Eldorado Social Club, where he served multiple terms as president for a total of 10 years. in 1996 and 1997, he served as a member of the Houston Live Stock Show & Rodeo - Black Go Texan Committee as a Committeeman and 1998 as a Captain. He also was a member of the Jack Yates Alumni Association and the Retired Teachers of Texas.
Clarence was preceded in death by his daughter, Ingrid Joyce Miller; parents, Susie Greer and Alphonse Miller, Sr.; his brother, Alphonse A. Miller; his son-in-law; Willie Frazier, and his sister Audrey Miller Peoples.
Treasured memories will forever rest in the hearts of his wife Lucille Miller, his children: Bobbie Frazier, Clarence Miller, II(Cheryl), Kimberly Miller, his grandchildren: Tami Frazier, William T. Frazier, Victoria Miller, Clarence Miller, III, and Hope Miller; his siblings, Cherry Baugh, Joyce Aldredge, Carolyn Evans (Carl), Kate Humphrey (Perry), Dorothy Miller (sister-in law); and many relatives and friends throughout the United States.
Viewing and Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:00 am and 11:00 am respectively at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, 3826 Wheeler Ave., Houston, Texas 77004. The Omega Psi Phi Memorial Service will be held at 10:30am. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Boy Scouts of America - Troop 242 at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 31, 2014