Alfred Edgar (Ed) Miles, of Houston, Texas went to be with his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 22 at 11:00 am at Spring Baptist Church with Dr. Mark Estep and Rev. Lucian Stohler officiating. Graveside service will take place at Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery in Tyler, TX on Wed. Jan 23 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Donnie Baron officiating. Visitation will be held at Spring Baptist Church from 10:00 - 11:00 am on Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013.
Ed was born on April 26, 1930 in Nashville, TN to Alfred Blackman Miles and Lucy Miles. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Joyce Sadler, for 60 years. After he graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Geology, he served two years as a Lieutenant in the Navy on the USS Des Moines He then returned to Vanderbilt to complete a Master's degree in Geology and was employed by Carter Oil, which later became Exxon Oil Company. Through the years he directed oil exploration in Wyoming, West Texas, Colorado, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. He retired after 33 years with Exxon.
After retirement he went back to school, attending Southwestern Seminary to receive a Master's degree in Theology. While completing his degree, he worked on staff at Spring Baptist Church, where he and his family had been members for over 30 years. During those years he served as a deacon, worked in counseling, taught Sunday School, worked with education and served on various committees.
After completing his degree in Theology, he and Joyce became Senior Adult Coordinators for the Tryon Evergreen Baptist Association in Conroe, TX for five years.
Ed was a devout man of God and student of the Bible. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being outdoors. He played basketball, volleyball, football and racquetball and enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports. His hobbies included sword collecting, family genealogy and history.
We remember him as a faithful servant of God, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He is survived by the love of his life, Joyce, his children Cheryl Miles Hood and husband Robin of Bullard, TX, Alfred Bruce Miles and wife Kim of Warner Robins, GA and John Joseph Miles and wife Susanne of Norfolk, VA, as well as by his brother Tim Richard Miles and wife Sharyn of Albuquerque, NM. Grandkids include Sara Hood Youmans and husband Jimmy, Miles Hood, Amelia Miles, Duncan and Shepherd Miles, nephew Brian Miles and niece Laura Miles Bexfield and husband David.
Published by Houston Chronicle on Jan. 21, 2013.