On the morning of January 3 , 2021 ; God in his infinite wisdom, called his son from labor to reward. Mr. Ernest Esdon Miller, 82, of Cottageville , South Carolina; was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and more to all who loved and knew him. His cherished essence of life is one that will comfort the hearts of his beloved family.
Public visitation will be held on Thursday : January 7, 2021 (2:00- 6:00P.M.) at the mortuary. Immediately following the visitation will be family hour from 6:30-7:30pm. The Celebration of Life will conclude on will take place on Friday: January 8, 2021; Twelve O’clock noon in the Koger’s Mortuary Legacy Chapel.
(Facial Masks and social distancing practices will be strictly enforced during the visitation and celebration of life services.)
On behalf of the family, we ask that you lift them in prayers as they prepare to celebrate and say farewell to whom they love.
Ernest Edon Miller, was a man of great strength and many talents. He had a never ending devotion to his family and friends. He was born in Cottageville, SC, on August 20, 1938 to the late Pearl Grace and Sam E. Miller. He was known as Donnie in Cottageville, Bo Miller in Detroit and affectionately called Miller by his wife Darlene of 35 years.
Miller was educated in the Colleton County School System and enlisted in the United States Army, where he earned several metals and was later honorably discharged. After returning from the military he relocated to Detroit, Michigan until he moved back to Cottageville in 2007. Miller joined Jericho U.M.C and served a trustee until the end.
Racing cars was Miller’s passion which took him all over the United States and overseas, racing in the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA). He also raced in the United Hot Rod Association (UHRA) as well. He was serious about his racing career, when he was told by Detroit Dragway he could not race because his car was Red, Black and Green, and symbolized black power colors he blocked the race track so no one could race. He definitely was a force to be reckoned with. His racing accomplishments included being Crew Chief on the first African American Team to win a National Event Pro Mod Category National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) at the Indianapolis Speedway. Racing under the banner of Bam’s Toy, setting the track record for being the fastest Pro Mod Car at Milan Dragway in Milan, Michigan. One of his proudest moments was being inducted into the National Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1996. Being interviewed by ESPN was another highlight in Miller’s Career.
Along with his parents One sister and three brothers preceded him in death. Sam Norris, Clyde, James “Bo” and Elizabeth Gilliam.
Donnie departed this life on January 3, 2021 at 4:10 A.M. with his wife and family by his side. He leaves to cherish his distinguished legacy his wife, Darlene whom he adored, Three Sons, Ernest (Bubie) Jr, Charles Greg (Grace), Steven (Jenise). Five daughters, Fredonia, Nakeia, Timmara, Tiaira (Sidney) and Aleah (Pooh Pooh). 14 grandchildren, Five Great GrandChildren. One God Daughter Audranae and One Godson Brandon. Two brothers, Alphonzo Miller (Mary), Lucious Miller, Sister in-law; Martha Miller, five other sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law, One Sister Rosetta Liddell, One Aunt; Sadie Fisher and a host of great and loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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