The Obit For John Miles

John Miles

The Washington Times-Herald
Thurday, Feb 24, 2011

WASHINGTON — 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 Greys.

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 Hospital.

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)