Audean Sprayberry Miller

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Funeral service for Ms. Audean Sprayberry Miller, 86, formerly of Clay County, will be Saturday, September 5, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with the Reverend Ted Embry officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the adjoining cemetery. Ms. Miller passed away on Monday, August 31, 2015, at the Heartlands Senior Living Village after a long illness. She was born September 29, 1928 in Clay County, the daughter of William L. Sprayberry and Ora Lee Newell Sprayberry. Ms. Miller graduated from Lineville High School in 1947 and the Anniston Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. She worked as a Registered Nurse in Alabama and Georgia and completed graduate coursework at Baylor University. Always true to her sense of adventure, Ms. Miller joined the U.S. Air Force in 1963, entering as a 1st Lieutenant. Her first duty assignment was the USAF Hospital at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi. After completing the Flight Nurse Course at Brooks AFB, Texas, she was assigned to the 11th Aeromedical Airlift Squadron at Scott AFB, Illinois and earned the rank of Captain before being honorable discharged in 1967. In 1968, Ms. Miller left the work force to raise her son, moving first to Michigan, then Hawaii and later, Australia. She then returned to Delta, Alabama in 1976 and re-entered the nursing profession as a Public Health Nurse with the State of Alabama Department of Public Health. Ms. Miller worked for many years as a home health nurse with the Cleburne County Health Department in Heflin and later in a clinical setting with the Calhoun County Health Department in Anniston. She retired from state employment in 1992 and moved to Ellicott City, Md. in 2010 to be close to her son and his family. A lifelong Baptist, Ms. Miller held memberships at several churches over the years including Delta Baptist Church, Meadowbrook Baptist Church, in Oxford, and most recently, Bethel Baptist Church, in Columbia, Maryland. Known to her grandchildren as "Alabama Nana", she was a voracious reader, an avid bridge player, formidable Scrabble opponent and a passionate fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. She was devoted to her family and friends and left behind an address book filled with friends and acquaintances from across the country. Ms. Miller is survived by one son, David Miller (Barbara), of Baltimore, Md.; one sister, Nettie Sue Hudson, of Lineville; two brothers, Vernon Sprayberry (Cleo) and Billy Sprayberry, both of Delta, and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. Will Sprayberry and Ora Lee Newell Sprayberry; seven sisters, Clara Brooks, Drucilla Clarke, Eunice Newell, Irene Daugherty, Visie Ingram, Eva S. Key and Betty Lou Mitchell; four brothers, Ellis, Lofton, Loyal and Wiley Sprayberry. Pallbearers will be Donny Daugherty, Larry Daugherty, Scottie Hudson, Win Knight, Mike Rose, Shane Short and Ray Sprayberry. The family will receive friends at Benefield Funeral Home in Lineville on Friday, September 4, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Gilchrist Hospice Care, Inc., 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Suite 434, Columbia, MD 21045. Send on-line condolences to Benefield Funeral Home in Lineville is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in The Anniston Star on Sept. 3, 2015
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