Tifton Gazette


December 9, 2013

Chaplain Andrew Lane Miles Sr.

LYONS — Chaplain Andrew Lane Miles Sr. (retired), 88, of Lyons died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family. The funeral service was held Saturday at Oaks Baptist Church in Lyons with the Rev. Josh Hughes, the Rev. Al Rahn, Anson Callaway and the Rev. Ron Gilreath officiating. Burial followed at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Metter.

Pallbearers were Rusty Howard, Don Delk, Trey Davis, Denny Thigpen, Randy Callahan and Al Jones. Honorary pallbearers were Deacon Servants of The Oaks Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Lyons.

Mr. Miles attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. He was a native of Candler County and graduated from Metter High School in 1944. Afterwards, he graduated from the University of Georgia and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. He has lived in Lyons since 1965. Mr. Miles was a United States Navy veteran aboard the LSM 450 until the war ended in 1945. He was ordained to the Baptist ministry in 1953 and pastored Broad Street Baptist in Hawkinsville, Britt David Baptist in Columbus and Cool Springs Baptist Church. He served as clinical chaplain with the Georgia Baptist Convention and the Georgia Department of Corrections for 30 years before retiring in 1989. He was a charter member of the Oaks Baptist Church in Lyons.

Mr. Miles is survived by his wife of 64 years, Goolene Kent Miles of Lyons; a daughter, Melisha Gilreath and husband Ron of Roswell; a son, Andrew L. Miles Jr. and wife Charlotte of Claxton; five brothers, James Miles and Bobby Miles, both of Tifton, Hubert Miles of Pulaski, Billy P. Miles of Flintstone and Harold Miles of Augusta; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to The Oaks Baptist Church, P.O. Box 388, Lyons GA, 30436, or Community Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 2277, Vidalia, GA 30475.

Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home of Vidalia was in charge of arrangements.

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