Oliver Lee Miller Sr. was born June 5, 1942, in the Kinlaw area of Kingsland to the late Hurey Lee Miller and the late Florence Miller. Oliver L. Miller went home to the Lord on Nov. 2, 2017.
Oliver began his education in Camden County public school at the little red schoolhouse on Kinlaw Road. “Slip,” as he was nicknamed, was a graduate of Ralph J. Bunche High School, class of 1961. He was a member of the Ralph Bunche Camden County State Championship team of 1961. He played the center position.
He attended Albany State and Tennessee State before joining the Air Force in 1962 where he was a flight surgeon’s assistant during the Vietnam War. He left the Air Force in 1966 and returned to Georgia to continue his education.
He received his bachelor’s degree in social work from Augusta College in 1972. He received his master’s in social work from Atlanta University in 1975 with a concentration in clinical setting. He was actively recruited by the Federal Bureau of Prisons under the U. S. Department of Justice while at Augusta College.
During his 30-plus years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he overcame racism and prejudice to rise in rank. He started as a corrections officer and retired as the person in charge of all of the Federal halfway houses in the northeastern United States. Oliver retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 1994. He returned to his childhood home and worked for the State of Georgia as a probation officer. He was the first black probation officer in Camden County. He retired from the State of Georgia in 2005.
He was a member of the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia Area Agency on Aging and the Masonic lodge in Woodbine. He was a member of First African Missionary Baptist Church of Kingsland for 20 years.
Oliver leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 23 years, Laverne Miller; children, Oliver L. Miller Jr. (Karen), Jacqueline (Miller) Wade and Hurey L. Miller (Gabrielle); stepson, James Carter (Stacey); grandchildren, Tynisa Wade, C. Sherece Wade, Tiana Kleer, Marqui Childs, Denice Foster Wade, Roman Jones, Jonathan Wade, Simone Miller and Christian Miller; three great-grandchildren; special brother, William “Bill” (Johnnie Mae) Heck; nephew, Demetrius Wilson; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the First African Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. K.C. Davis officiating. Burial will follow the service at Kinlaw Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.