FRAKES — Andrew Efam "A.E." Miracle, age 93, of Frakes, Kentucky passed away peacefully Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Middlesboro Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility in Middlesboro, Kentucky.
He was born May 6, 1920 in Chenoa, a son of the late Floyd and Eliza Miracle.
A.E. was a long-time member of New Vine Missionary Baptist Church and was a retired United Mine Worker, having worked approximately 40 years in various area mines. He was also a commissioned Kentucky Colonel and a decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Having served in the Normandy, Rhineland, Northern France and Central Europe campaigns, he was awarded numerous awards and decorations, the most notable being the Purple Heart, an Oak Leaf Cluster and an ETO Ribbon with 4 Bronze Service Stars. He was also awarded a Good Conduct Metal and a World War II Victory Metal prior to his honorable discharge on December 8, 1945.
A.E. loved the outdoors and nature, farming, gardening, animals (especially his dog, Smoky), and spoiling his daughter and grandchildren. He will be remembered as a generous father, husband and neighbor who left a legacy of hard work and love for his family. He was often overheard saying, "God has been good to me".
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Lee Oma Miracle; brothers, Tom, Siler, J.L., John Wesley, infant Houston, Chesley and Alvie Miracle; sisters, Magnolia Ledford, Virgie Partin, Dora Maiden, infant Verda Raye Miracle, infant Othella Miracle and Jeanette Shackleford; and special son-in-law, Alfred Cobb.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Myrtle Miracle; daughter, Evelyn Cobb of Frakes; grandchildren, Kim (Lee) Landers of Knoxville, TN and Bart Cobb of Frakes; brothers, Ben (Lou) Miracle of Middlesboro, Nevil "His special buddy" (Dorothy) Miracle, Phillip (Clara Sue) Miracle of Frakes; sisters, Della Murphy of Knoxville, Janie (Bill) Partin, Betsy (James) Hickman and Geneva (Earl) Fuson all of Frakes; many nephews, nieces and close friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11: 00 a.m. Wednesday, November 20, at the Creech Funeral Home with the Rev. Dana Akins and Rev. Truman Partin presiding. Music will be provided by the Partin Family and the New Vine Singers. Interment will follow in the Green Hills Memorial Gardens in Middlesboro with full military honors being given by the Campbell County Honor Guard. His nephews will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Vicente Kaw and the loving staff of Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, at the Creech Funeral Home. Online condolences and guestbook are available at www.creechfh.com
Creech Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is in charge of all arrangements.