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In the silence between, nature holds its breath. Gone is the wind. Gone are the bird songs. Gone is her hold on composure, all lost in the bugle's lament.  Solemnly a soldier approaches, white gloves present a tri-fold flag, and in one final mournful note, legions of silent voices unite to call a comrade home as his family weeps. 

 Sergeant Major Fred Miley Sr; entered this life on August 28, 1931, in Hahira, Georgia. He was the second of nine children to the late Frank Sr. and Estelle Miley. At a young age, he joined their family church, Folsom Chapel in Hahira. Upon graduating from Webb Miller High School, Fred relocated to Detroit Michigan, there he met and married the late Joyce Minor. Three sons were born to this union: Fred Jr., Terry, and Allen. Fred served in the Unites States Army for 31 years. He served all over the world, including three tours of Vietnam, retiring as Sargent Major, the highest honor for an enlisted man. He went on to work for an additional 15 years with the United States Navy Training Center in Illinois. His award include the Armys Legion of Merit, the Armys Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device 60, the Vietnam Service Metal, Overseas Service Bar, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Cluster, Armys Good Conduct Medal, 10th Award, Two Overseas Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, and a Certification of Commendation from the Commander of Great Lakes Naval Training Station, North Chicago, IL.

Sergeant Major Fred Miley Sr; received his final orders on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 to
Carry on wayward one, for there'll be peace when you are done. Lay your weary head to rest.

 Celebration of life Services will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 11:00 am from The Folsom Chapel A.M.E. Church in Hahira Georgia. Sergeant Major Fred Miley Sr;  will be laid to rest in The Mt. Olive Church Cemetery, in Hahira Georgia. 

 Express your memory of SGM Fred Miley Sr. and condolences toward The Miley Family by signing the online guestbook. 

 

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  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Harrington Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018
    My Name is Geneva Brown.I am so sorry to hear of your loss. But the bible says at John chapture5;28-29. DO not marvel at this for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. I hope you can find comfort in this scripture.
    ~ Geneva Brown   Adel, GA
  • Friday, December 14, 2018
    DAD, You will always have a place in my heart. You step greatly miss and I will never forget the long talks. May the Angel's carry you home Love you always Dad
    ~ Gloria Miley
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018
    Dear Miley Family Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved one. The loss of a love one is never easy. But the Bible gives us hope of a future in paradise here on earth and DEATH will be done away with. When we read ( Revelation 21:4 Psalms 37:10,11,29 John 5:28,29 ) it helps with the pain in our heart. May these scriptures bring comfort to the family during this time of grief.
    ~ Mickey Hall   Moultrie, GA
  • Monday, December 17, 2018
    Please accept my expression of sympathy. I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that our loving Heavenly Father promises in His Word the Bible to remove pain, suffering, and death (Isaiah 25:8 and Revelation 21:3,4). Until that time, may you find comfort in this promise and treasure the special memories you shared.
    ~ L Brown
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018
    Fred Jr, Gloria and Family Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May many fond memories sustain you at this time. We were honored to have Fred Sr as a neighbor in Waukegan, IL May God’s love and peace be your strength.
    ~ Donna Clark   Waukegan, IL
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018
    Fred Jr, Gloria and Family Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May many fond memories sustain you at this time. We were honored to have Fred Sr as a neighbor in Waukegan, IL May God’s love and peace be your strength.
    ~ Donna Clark   Waukegan, IL
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018
    Fred Jr, Gloria and Family Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May many fond memories sustain you at this time. We were honored to have Fred Sr as a neighbor in Waukegan, IL May God’s love and peace be your strength.
    ~ Donna Clark   Waukegan, IL
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018
    Fred Jr, Gloria and Family Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May many fond memories sustain you at this time. We were honored to have Fred Sr as a neighbor in Waukegan, IL May God’s love and peace be your strength.
    ~ Donna Clark   Waukegan, IL
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018
    Fred Jr, Gloria and Family Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May many fond memories sustain you at this time. We were honored to have Fred Sr as a neighbor in Waukegan, IL May God’s love and peace be your strength.
    ~ Donna Clark   Waukegan, IL
  • Friday, December 21, 2018
    As Heaven's gate open and welcome in Sergeant Major Fred Miley my heart is heavy but good memories are what I will forever treasure. Take your rest brother-n-law. Gone but never forgotten.
    ~ Janice Jennings   Century, FL
  • Thursday, December 27, 2018
    Once again God saw the road was getting rough, and the road of life had become too hard to for SGM Fred Miley, to travel and called him home. There is nothing that anyone can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in time of sorrow, but the NCO Corps will offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of these heroes will carry through each day and night. The NCO Corps thanks him for his selfless service act and his willingness to defend the United States of America and all that we hold sacred. Though tears can never bring him back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that they made and our sorrow at his passing. Additionally, the NCO Corps thanks everyone for keeping him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. There are many in the ranks that believe for every fallen sergeant major like him there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift God has given the Corps. Rest easy, sleep well my brother. Know the line was held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held. Peace, peace, and farewell… CSM (Ret) Harold Hunt Sr. USASMA Class 16 Author, ”100 Sergeants Major of Color” SGM (Ret) Harold L. Hunt Jr. USASMA Class 55 CSM (Ret) Shirley A. Hunt USASMA Class 53 & the entire Hunt family
    ~ CSM (Ret) Harold Hunt Sr.   Hanover, MD