The Washington Times-Herald
Thurday, Feb 24, 2011
— John Arthur Miles, 89, of Washington, passed away at 6:43 a.m.
Wednesday, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville with his devoted
wife at his side.
He was born June 14, 1921, in St. Louis, Mo., to the late Henry Arthur
and Mable Hammersly Miles. John was a graduate of Washington High School
class of 1939.
After high school he was an assistant manager of G.C. Murphy Co. for 17
years before establishing himself in the home repair contracting business
specializing in floor refinishing.
John also played professional baseball pitching for the St. Louis Cardinal
farm team, the Hamilton Redwings, where he was known as “Cornstalk”
and was a regular pitcher with the local baseball team the Washington
He was a charter member of the Washington Conservation Club and was an
avid fisherman and hunter. Also he was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his beloved son Chief
Warrant Officer Joseph A. Miles.
John is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty Colbert Miles; sons, John
A. and wife Sandra (Blue) Miles, Jack A. and wife Darla (Wise) Miles and
Jeff Miles; grandchildren, Jerry A. Miles, Kathy A. Miles Strange, Lori
L. Miles, Jodie Miles, Jessica Arvin, Cory Miles, Amber Orchard, Christina
Miles and Jennifer Windish; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service for John will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s
Cemetery, with Bro. Byron Holtsclaw officiating. There will be no visitation
and those wishing to attend should gather at the cemetery. It is requested
that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s
Gill Funeral Home is honored to be handling the service for John and family
and friends can offer their thoughts and memories of John to the family
on its website, www.gillsince1872.com. (Feb. 23, 2011)