Marcus Joseph Miller
Wrens, GA – Marcus Joseph Miller, 72, loving husband of 20 yrs to Sarah “Frances” Peebles, entered into rest Saturday afternoon, March 31, 2012 at his residence. Services with full military honors will be held at 5:00PM on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eddie Renew officiating.
Born to the late Iona Gardner Miller and the late James Thomas Miller in Wrightsville GA, Mark was the youngest of 22 children. He was a 20-yr Army veteran who proudly served his country during Vietnam—a war hero with a heart of gold. After retiring from the Army, Mark was in law enforcement for 10+ yrs serving in the Dublin Police Dept, the Johnson Co Sheriff Dept and as Chief of Police in Wrightsville. He also was a long-haul truck driver, traveling all over the US and Canada. He moved to Wrens 10 yrs ago to be close to his family. Mark was very active and was always busy—piddling, gardening, camping and, his favorite pastime, fishing. This loving husband, devoted family-man, and loyal, dedicated, generous friend will be greatly missed.
Mark was also preceded in death by his son, Marcus J. Miller Jr., and 18 of his brothers and sisters. Other survivors include his children, Marcia A. Mullis (Eddie), Anthony Keith Miller, Donna L. Landrum (Redd), Sherry L. Dukes (Tony), Patricia Blanchard (David), Richard A. Hopkins and Mike Hopkins (Jessy); his siblings, Jack Miller (Melba), Ruth Jackson (Earl) and Sara Barnhardt (Bob); 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and many friends.
The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home after the services Tuesday, April 3rd, or at the residence of Sherry and Tony Dukes.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day—
To laugh, to love to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss—
Ah, yes, these things I, too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full; I savored much—
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now—He set me free.
God grant that I may live to fish for another shining day,
But when my final cast is made, I then most humbly pray,
When nestled in your landing net as I lay peacefully asleep,
You’ll smile at me and judge that I am good enough to keep.