The book of life was opened for Michael Lewis Miller on September 23, 1953. He was the firstborn to Paul William and Dorothy Hill Miller. As the pages unfold, we find that Michael accepted Christ and joined Worldwide Baptist Tabernacle at a young age where he sung in the choir and served as a Junior Usher.
Michael attended Buncombe County Schools: Shiloh Elementary School, Biltmore Junior High School and graduated from T. C. Roberson High School in 1972. He loved sports and played on the basketball teams at Biltmore and T. C. Roberson. Michael discovered a love and God-given gift for music which led him to play guitar and sing in several groups such as The Sensationals, The Trumpets of Joy, New Creation, The Outcasts, BCS and at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Asheville. He touched the lives of many along the way and is often described as having a big heart, a gentle spirit and a big smile.
Later in life, Michael’s love for learning led him to study at ITT Institute in Greenville, SC where he earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology. He later earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Allen University in Columbia, SC. At sixty years of age, Michael traveled to complete training at the Gallop School of Guitar Building and Repair School in Grand Rapids, MI where he built a guitar from scratch.
Michael worked as an IT Specialist at the University of South Carolina at Columbia and retired from the state of South Carolina. Michael was listed in Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and earned certification from the Recording Institute of America.
In the final chapter, an angel was dispatched from heaven to carry him home to be with the Lord. Left to cherish fond memories are his parents, Rev. Paul and Dorothy Miller, his son, Michael Williams, three sisters; Barbara (Ditrich) Oglesby of Dacula, GA, Deborah (Jersey) Wilson of Cornelius, NC, Janice Paulette Miller of Tucker, GA, two aunts; Ms. Katherine Hill of Gaffney and Ms. Josephine Simmons of Virginia Beach, VA. He also leaves to mourn a host of relatives and friends.
We can almost hear Michael say: Family and friends, my life on earth has ended, but the victory has been won. Don’t think of me in the cold and rain. See me in the setting of each sun.
Michael’s earthly Book of Life was closed on September 11, 2020.
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